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TFF

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Let’s see, three scratch built and designed airplanes in three years. That’s some mighty good production numbers.
 

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Very nice flyer, impressive simple airplane. It looked like a good climb angle it may not go any faster with more power or more pitch in the prop. You can get a good idea of how fast it will fly. You find your best power off glide speed. Then see what power it takes to hold level flight with angle of attach. If it takes full power then it is going as fast as it will go more power or more prop will not help much.
 

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He does seem to have lots of time and resources for his projects....and the motivation of 1000's of people looking over his shoulder. Very impressive design and build.
 

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It would take three years to agree to build one part. how long would it take to agree on just a design?
 

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Pete is relearning aviation his own way and that's totally awesome . Keep it up and be very careful . Looks like he's achieving goals and having way too much fun . Youth .
 

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haha, thanks guys! yeah its been fun, I think I kinda enjoy tinkering around and building airplanes a bit too much... A part of me thinks I should have just built a Legal Eagle but this is more fun.
Keep up the good work Peter. I have been seriously impressed with your projects (RC and full-size) and am looking forward to seeing how you advance with electric power.
 

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Peter as you probably have figured out, there are two separate pathways to follow here, and they can (and probably will) remain completely separate.

On one pathway you are doing very successful work designing and creating new airplanes to see if they work. Judging by the number of people watching your videos, and hopefully your sponsorships, Patreon, and other revenue sources, I'd say that this pathway is working incredibly well.

The other pathway is that you might want to have a "normal" airplane that you can fly to build flying time, travel to aviation events, take passengers, use for cross country flights, etc. That goal may be better served for now by getting a known airplane that is more or less guaranteed to perform that function without years and years of screwing around. Because I doubt that the video series, and Patreon, and all that is going to justify all that time on something that is "normal" or "known to work".

My point is simply to do both, because both of these are of value. Keep doing what you have become famous for doing, but also understand that building up a thousand hours of flight time and a bunch of cross country experience is also equally valuable. Sooner or later you might want to pursue flying professionally, or engineering, or have a traveling airplane to take your girlfriend to Oshkosh at 200 MPH. Of course that doesn't do anything for the success of your video series, but it may get you into a very good long-tern position in aviation long after you get tired of making videos.

Short version: Keep doing what you are doing, and add one separate activity that allows you to start flying a lot more.

BTW congratulations on using common sense and conservative thinking in your experiments, even if you didn't want it to show through :)
 

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just make a lot of money having fun, you will figure the rest out.
 

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3g load testing of wing? I don't know if that's enough. He does have a wire under the wing which he didn't mention. Don't know how much stronger the wire is going to make the wing.

BTW, anyone know what the wing area is?
 

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3g load testing of wing? I don't know if that's enough. He does have a wire under the wing which he didn't mention. Don't know how much stronger the wire is going to make the wing.

BTW, anyone know what the wing area is?
Normal load limit for certified aircraft is +3.8G....In other words the aircraft in the Normal Load Category should not have any permanent deformation at that loading, also the aircraft is not expected to ever go above that loading in normal operation....Given the mission of the aircraft +3G limit load is not unreasonable. I believe a static load test to limit load for an aircraft that is going to be flown is a reasonable and safe test.
 

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3g load testing of wing? I don't know if that's enough. He does have a wire under the wing which he didn't mention. Don't know how much stronger the wire is going to make the wing.

BTW, anyone know what the wing area is?
3.8g is usually plus a 50% safety factor. So ultimate load would be 5.7g. 3g is kinda skimpy compared to that. Dead calm weather only IMHO. And no aerobatics. I believe that his biplane had an even lower test load.
 
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