"Constructive Criticism" and the Destruction of New Startups

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aerochristian

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Originally Posted by aerochristianDon't you guys ever wonder why there's no greats or heads of the industry commenting or contributing on here?

Chris



Oh boy. I never reply to threads like this but when you made this quote I felt a little compelled I guess.

Yes, this could have been worded differently but then it wouldn't have inspired the passionate responses.


Most are so quick to defend the Greats who need no defense. The Burt's, the Heintz's, and the Ross'. Their life and accomplishments so easily speak for themselves. I would love to see that same urgency and compassion to defend those that are still trying. The John's, the Alberto's, the Pete's.


For you greats in hiding or in public, how you represent yourself is obviously entirely up to you. You can keep your head down and work 90 hour weeks like the plumber and soley focus on making it happen. You can stay hidden, as Ron offered, because really "Who needs it?".


I remember meeting Martin Hollman for the first time. I approached him at an airshow out west and had him sign one of my books I had on me. Amazingly to me, he offered to come over and look at my plane I was showing. He wouldn't answer very many structural or design questions, but what he did do I will remember forever. He offered inspiration, through words. Yes words. The things that are so easily tossed around on here. Its was nothing but words but how he said them and the ones he choose kept that spark alive.


Chris
 

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Yes, this could have been worded differently but then it wouldn't have inspired the passionate responses.


Most are so quick to defend the Greats who need no defense. The Burt's, the Heintz's, and the Ross'. Their life and accomplishments so easily speak for themselves. I would love to see that same urgency and compassion to defend those that are still trying. The John's, the Alberto's, the Pete's.


For you greats in hiding or in public, how you represent yourself is obviously entirely up to you. You can keep your head down and work 90 hour weeks like the plumber and soley focus on making it happen. You can stay hidden, as Ron offered, because really "Who needs it?".


I remember meeting Martin Hollman for the first time. I approached him at an airshow out west and had him sign one of my books I had on me. Amazingly to me, he offered to come over and look at my plane I was showing. He wouldn't answer very many structural or design questions, but what he did do I will remember forever. He offered inspiration, through words. Yes words. The things that are so easily tossed around on here. Its was nothing but words but how he said them and the ones he choose kept that spark alive.


Chris
So, who decides. "Greats"? You? The EAA? The amount of sponsorship you pay? How nicely you word things?

In the mind of the EAA they're all hero's, which IMHO is a childish and inresponsible way to put it. Rutan gets significant praise for his achievements, but criticism (IMHO unjustified) on HBA for not bringing out "customer-relevant" designs. Both Hollmann and Heintz Sr. are responsible for downright dangerous stuff and both had people die in their designs where... well, let's not go there.

You see the point? Rose-colored glasses and blind adoration is usually not the best metric to go by.

Praise here is an individual choice. Those who deserve it in general get a lot of praise, but people with a great story, but no firm grasp on a feasible design (Fly Nano comes to mind) don't. Nice words, but fundamental flaws are called out. Even more so if safety is concerned. I have yet to see the first design appear on HBA and not fail because of fundamental issues that are pointed out here.




On HBA I decide about praise. My praise. You decide about yours.

Just like respect. If you have to ask for it, you don't deserve it, nor will you ever get it, for respect needs to be earned.

You've earned mine by what you've done. But the people you mention (save Rutan and Alberto) probably never will;)
 

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Regarding experts and forums :
I consider myself an expert (in a non-aviation field).
Although I am a member on some relevant forums, but generaly take a low profile in my area of expertise, and don't mention who I work for.

Why?
I don't mention my employer, because I am not representing them in any way on the forums, and don't want advice or criticism I give attributed to them; I also don't want to be drawn into comparisons with competitors - I am online for fun, not work.

The other thing is a bit more sensitive : being belittled by people with strong opinions but no facts or experience gets tiresome, as does having the same tedious argument with different people who can't be bothered to read the dozen previous threads where it was discussed at length!
Having said that, I still do have some interesting discussions out there- I am just a bit picky as to when and where I contribute. There are some threads where the first few posts might as well say "abandon hope all who enter".


IMPORTANT : These comments are about experts on forums in general, not my experience at HBA - I am no expert here, I come to learn, and have :)
 

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Aerochristian quote:
Yet everytime a new startup or claim comes along, the "constructive criticism" goes through the roof and is sometimes left unchecked. You're forced to fight, run or fall in line and say yes sir. If you run, you get mocked for "taking your ball and going home." If you stay and fight, let's face it the numbers are not on your side and you will get destroyed.

Eagle reply: Sad but true. The other day I heard a quote from a policeman on the news. It went something like this. "Be prepared to always do what you believe is right. Then be prepared to deal with the repercussions".

When you post something, be prepared to defend it rather than to just discuss it.

Another thread awhile back that was pretty good and I thought made some headway on the problem. HBA Demeanor https://www.homebuiltairplanes.com/forums/hangar-flying/23504-hba-demeanor.html



The basic problem seems to me that the discussion of an idea deteriorates when it goes from trying to endorse or discredit the idea and drifts over to trying to discredit the individual who posted it.
 

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Just like respect. If you have to ask for it, you don't deserve it, nor will you ever get it, for respect needs to be earned.
That right there. The gaining of respect is deeply misunderstood in our society. Some think they automatically have it coming; we call that a sense of entitlement. Some think they can scare us into respecting them; we call that intimidation. Neither tactic gains one any respect; just disgust or fear.
 

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Respect has to be earned, but everyone here is a guest excepting one;

If you refuse or fail to maintain some dignity in your descriptions, then you're not welcome.

Don't quote me "safety" or "business ethics"; those are petty excuses for transgressing, reason usually serves it's creator.

LuPi
 

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I want to design a 2 stroke rotax powered clipped wing Pitts on floats. What do you guys think? I'm gonna revolutionize the aircraft industry with this idea. It's gonna be rad!
 

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I want to design a 2 stroke rotax powered clipped wing Pitts on floats. What do you guys think? I'm gonna revolutionize the aircraft industry with this idea. It's gonna be rad!
Would that be a round wing or a flat wing Pitts?

Two, four or eight ailerons?

I'm fairly confident that you will use Steve Wolf's cowl.

Amphibs would be more practicle, but straight floats definitely would look better on a biplane.

Might want a little more HP for good vertical lines.

First flight next weekend?


BJC
 

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There might be a couple, but offhand, I can't think of a "great" that has never had a flyer lose his life due to design. Even Rutan has lost a few. On the ground, we're constricted between the lines. There's no lines up high and stuff happens. Go back to the days before glass cockpits and try to recreate an unwitnessed accident. The final report might say wing failure. We say bad design. Pilots last thought was maybe "I shouldn't have tried 9g."
 

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Ha ha. Don't be mean, I got this handled. Trust me, I'm a plumber.
I Like it! But it would be better if you made a Nakajima A6M2-N replica! Aerobatic, certainly! And maybe a HKS 700 engine option for the four stroke lovers.

And VTOL, and carbon fiber, and suborbital!

Um, what were we talking about? ;)
 
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