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FritzW

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...not very far :ermm:

I don't think I've touched it since the Waiex kit showed up. ...but the Waiex is (just about) finished so I can get back to work (soon) on my own projects :)
 

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Please refresh my memory, what is the CE?...
I've mentioned the CE in a few threads but the HBA search function isn't cooperating today so I can't find a link.

The CE, ("Columbus Explorer", ...named for a small town in New Mexico, not Christopher) is an part 103 ultralight designed around the CNC, tab and slot idea. ...kind of like an Afford-A-Plane but much better designed and kind of like a TEAM AreoMax but much simpler.

It'll be ideal for guys like me and Erkki who are too tall (and in my case, also too wide ;) ) for most homebuilt ultralights.
 

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Anything that could be built off shore like here on an island in the middle of Europe called Switzerland?
There's a popular saying over here 'in the colonies', when someone is being too picky about something, you tell them "you ain't building a Swiss watch". :gig:

I have to build one first (to find all the "Penrose steps") so I don't look like an idiot when parts don't go together. ...it's one thing to draw something on a computer, it's another thing to build it. I also have to fly one first to make sure I don't kill a Schweizare. ...since I'm Norse and your Swiss, we've technically been at war for 1,300+ years (If you died because I made a design mistake) the treaty of Kiel would be out the window and I'd (me) be at war with Switzerland. ...I don't think I'd win


Airplane s#it takes time... :gig:
 

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VolksScout and VolksCamper, this really a neat idea, herewith we would have a viable successor of the Pietenpol series.

This bird could be powered by a VW of any make, or everything else that could power an airplane as long as it stays within the weight and powerband of a VW.

Lightweight to build and conceived even for tall pilots from the beginning.

Heureka.
 

lr27

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Seems like the original Piet ought to be ok with a VW and a redrive swinging a large prop.
 

lr27

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Quite a bit lighter. I''ve seen a figure of 350 lbs. For a model A without the bell housing etc. Not sure if that includes flywheel. Piets are often flown with Corvair engines. Those are over 200 lbs. With a VW it might need a longer motor mount.
 

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With a VW it might need a longer motor mount.
Yup, that is why I asked. The VW would be well forward and might redically change the looks. Even moving the wing to help could alter the looks significantly.


BJC
 

lr27

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Moving the wing up would mean the c.g. would have to go a little further forward too. If it went far enough, you might have to enlarge the tail slightly, particularly with a large prop.

I think the Corvair Piets already have somewhat longer noses.
 
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