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Kyle Boatright

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RV-10. Simple, reasonably fast, good useful load, won't bite you in the ass unless you're dumb.

RV-3. What the other guys said.

Hatz Classic. Wind in the hair and a friend in the front 'pit. Alternately, Aircam.
 
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stuart fields

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Mosquito helicopter. I've hover taxied the true ultralight bare bones and the one with a fuselage. Neither ship did even the slightest motion that I didn't command. No other helicopter I've flown was that easy to hover. My Safari was fun chasing coyotes and exploring some canyons. I expect my current bird, the turbine powered Rotorway looking ship should be even more fun. ( when I get it back in the air) With its power, I'm throwing away my density altitude calculator. Or at least my density altitude sweat handkerchief.
 

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Oh good, slight thread drift, I no longer have to restrain the urge to tell you about the incredible performance of my doghouse...

1. Something with very, very long legs. I have a motorglider-esque idea. That seems the only way to get a good range in a sensible size aircraft,

2. Not thought about that.

3. For pootling around locally and enjoying the scenery, a 103 or maybe a pou seems ideal. Unsure of the best one, although anything I get to fly automatically gets top spot.
 
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BJC

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1. Something with very, very long legs. I have a motorglider-esque idea. That seems the only way to get a good range in a sensible size aircraft,
I like the concept of a motorglider, but I have two concerns about them for traveling. First, they (I think) are relatively slow, making it frustrating to deal with significant winds aloft, and the wingspan can be unwieldy both in the home base hangar and at airports along the way.

What range meets your very, very long legs criteria?


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Hard to beat the Rocket for cross country, but I think a Lancair Legacy would do for the step up. Long legs, fast and comfortable.

Very light, very basic Pitts S-1C with 180 HP. Like the RV-3, about the closest thing to "flying by thought" yet invented, but without the pesky aluminum fatigue issues. Wood, steel and fabric, as God intended airplanes to be.

Evening flyer doesn't get much better than my T-craft.
 

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Has anyone flown a Skyote? It has a great rep and I’d like to hear a first hand account from the HBA crew.


Oh good, slight thread drift, I no longer have to restrain the urge to tell you about the incredible performance of my doghouse...

1. Something with very, very long legs..
Doesn’t your doghouse have unrestricted legroom?
 

Mark Z

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I talked to an old gentleman who flew warbirds at Oshkosh who owned both a Glassair and Lancair 4 in part. He leaned toward the Lancair. I flew Don Saint’s Glassair and a Lancair Super ES which is the limit of my experience. I thought the ES was more of a station wagon in feel and speed and don’t remember much about the Glassair. The Rocket has to be a great way to get around and would be hard to replace. If I didn’t have a T-210 I’d be asking about traveling machines. Choose carefully before you sell what you have for what you think will be better.
 

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I like the concept of a motorglider, but I have two concerns about them for traveling. First, they (I think) are relatively slow, making it frustrating to deal with significant winds aloft, and the wingspan can be unwieldy both in the home base hangar and at airports along the way.

What range meets your very, very long legs criteria?


BJC
Looks like the interwebs ate my last reply.

I'd love something that could leap the Atlantic in a single bound. Pretty much opens the world up. To deal with the speed issue, fly high, really high. By my calculations, with simple cockpit ram pressurisation at 50,000ft and 100% O2. The O2 pressure is the same as 12,000ft air. That'd nearly triple sea level cruise speed. Add in the jetstream if going east and it's really not looking bad. I've done too many 24 hour end to end airliner transatlantic trips to think that this is a bad idea...
Yeah the span is would be a mixed blessing.
 

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I would like to have a high wing fun flier. Something to putter around and sight see at 1000' AGL or so. In my case GL is 10,000' to 11,000' MSL. It has to be an LSA. Maybe a high wing motorglider would do it.
 

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I would like to have a high wing fun flier. Something to putter around and sight see at 1000' AGL or so. In my case GL is 10,000' to 11,000' MSL. It has to be an LSA. Maybe a high wing motorglider would do it.
Turbocharge a Stewart Headwind. :devious:
 

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Turbos make a lot of sense up high. Air cooled engines don't cool so well in thinner air, though.

I have a friend in WY that has the same problem. If it get 70 deg the DA is to high to fly.
 

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Forgot to say I would prefer a two seater so I can take the wife to fly around the valleys. I am going to look into a turbo for the VW. It might cool at altitude if you keep the required power low enough. I suppose a turbocharged Rotax would work fine but I am allergic to Rotax.

There is a Sport Aviation article about the Miller WM-2 which is a single seat motorglider from the early '70's. Miller reported a climb rate of 500 FPM at 12,000' with an A-65. That would work!
 

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Has anyone here flown a Stolp Starlet? Was it pleasant to fly? Would a six and a half foot giraffe like me even fit in the thing?
 

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I like the Starlet concept, but when I looked at one, it looked too small for my 6’2” size.


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When are you tall guys going to learn you have to build your hight into all homebuilt airplanes or fly a Bonanza.
 
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