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Pops

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At least 6 hours from full to empty. At one time flying 10 to 12 hrs a day seem normal. Most I ever flew in one week was 76 hrs. I was tired. My JMR doesn't have enough range. Just two 8.3 gal wing tanks. Maybe in the future I'll install another 8 gal tank in the fuselage. Cont- 85 engine.
 

Chip W. Erwin

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What is considered low-cost? I offer the Merlin single-seat all metal E-AB aircraft which can be finished in 2 weeks for under $40k with glass panel and modern 4-stroke engine. Cruise is 120 mph. I fly from Florida to Ohio and Oshkosh. Kits in stock. www.aeromarine-lsa.com Bonus: Big guys and luggage fit in. And 4 hours endurance.
 

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Note the Mooney Mite discussions got bumped up today. Pretty much defines the Mite's purpose.

If you can fit into one :)
 

Victor Bravo

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What is considered low-cost? I offer the Merlin single-seat all metal E-AB aircraft which can be finished in 2 weeks for under $40k with glass panel and modern 4-stroke engine. Cruise is 120 mph. I fly from Florida to Ohio and Oshkosh. Kits in stock. www.aeromarine-lsa.com Bonus: Big guys and luggage fit in. And 4 hours endurance.
That's really impressive in terms of the cost for a brand new airplane.
 

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What is considered low-cost? I offer the Merlin single-seat all metal E-AB aircraft which can be finished in 2 weeks for under $40k with glass panel and modern 4-stroke engine. Cruise is 120 mph. I fly from Florida to Ohio and Oshkosh. Kits in stock. www.aeromarine-lsa.com Bonus: Big guys and luggage fit in. And 4 hours endurance.
Chip, welcome to HBA. Merlin is a great offering for UL. Do you also plan on bringing the two seater from tech pro aviation to the US?
 

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Pulsar has the same issue with size as the Sonerai.
If you are a full sized by todays standards you won't fit. I tried one and @ 6' and 235 it doesn't work. 32" inseam and 36-38" waist. Couldn't get my knees under the panel and once I did, one cheek was on the arm rest.
I'm in the Wittman camp. A W-8 or 10 with a Continental or Corvair would get you firmly into the distance and payload you want. You can find projects started or rebuilders for cheap. Holds 25-33 gallons and cruise would be at least 125mph, done right cruise would likely be 140.

I agree with the size limitations. I still cant get over the fact that Mark Brown, the man who designed the Pulsar, made it with such a small cockpit. I am building one right now . I am 6 feet, 200 pounds I am seriously considering making it into a one seat aircraft. With one seat, it would be spacious and increase the baggage capacity.

It has a the flight stick in the center. If I convert it, I would be able to sit center line which is what I have always wanted anyway.
 
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