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Discussion in 'Hangar Flying' started by BJC, Jan 9, 2015.
Advertizing “Order now for 2018 delivery”. Have they completed and flown one?
Not much happening on their Facebook page, either, except "fluff" filler. There was some mention of "moldmaking" back in August, but then we were led to believe oh, a couple of years ago that all that was left was systems installation. I haven't seen a photo of the actual prototype in a very long time. It was projected to fly at least a couple of years ago, but then we know how that goes for any builder.
I'm not making any suggestions or accusations. Just saying that, yes, it'd sure be nice to have a concrete update on what's happening with the actual prototype, and is there a revised estimate for flight testing to begin?
EDIT: Found this video on the company website. It was posted in May of this year (2017). In it, you can see the prototype behind John in several scenes. Looks almost exactly the same as it did for the last two years. Apparently, any progress they've actually made isn't visible in this view. From a further review of the Facebook page and their website, it looks like he's been primarily been doing speaking engagements.
Last newsletter I got (some months ago), he was just finishing up the new cowling for the Casler 1/2 VW. Looked nice. I think his actual day-job is getting pretty time-intensive, and has been getting in the way of the build.
Still around. Finished up the UAV distraction. It's been a meat grinder of a year, all of it spent broke, yet still dealing with empty promises and scammers. Family death. Overinvested in costs I cannot afford. I'll offer something positive for us when I can. Thanks for asking.
Glad that you still are here at HBA. Sounds as if life is, as often happens, getting in the way of your project. Any update will be appreciated.
There used to be a poster here who built a Ragwing Duster(?) and as he was getting close to his maiden flight he started a Ragwing Tiger Moth. As the Moth got started all of his posts fixated on that project with only the occasional footnote about prepping his completed Duster for its (and maybe even his) first time up. All posts ended without any mention of how that first flight went and in the back of my mind I kind of feared the worst.
Does anyone remember who I'm talking about?
Brian Clayton, maybe.
What happened to HCI Aviation? They made9or claimed to make) radial engines that used VW cylinders.
There is one at Shafter Minter field KMIT. It belongs to Skip Holm, who also keeps a couple jets on the field. When I talked to him about it, he seemed a little sketchy about what category it is registered in, and how it can be flown. I think the experimental-exhibition kills it for a plane costing a couple hundred thousand. The Russian manufacture also scares a few people away I'm sure. This from an already very niche clientele. It looks great though.
Anyone know the status of the LT1?
In response to Direct C51's comment about a "sketchy" response it might be due to the aircraft being registered as experimental/exhibition which makes operating them a challenge.
The conversation went about like this.
Me: Great looking airplane, do people shy away from it because of the restrictions?
Him: It's experimental, there's no restrictions.
Me: Isn't it Experimental Exhibition?
Him: Yes but I can fly it whenever, wherever I want. It's the same as EX/AB.
Me: Ok man, whatever, have a good day.
That could be true, depending on the FSDO’s response to his annual letter of intention.
Project for Toobuilder?
I didn’t find anything current, except for the deposit agreement http://www.cobalt-aircraft.com/deposit-agreement/
To paraphrase: Send me $15,000 and I will get the interest off it, or do something else with it, and I may or may not sell you an airplane that may or may not have FAA certification, may or may not meet performance criteria, and may or may not even be built.
I'd like to know what became of HBA member GESchwarz's project. Seems he hasn't logged in for almost two years.
Also like to see an update from Abraham Leket. That Fred should be almost done.
What is happening with this HBA’ers project?
I sent Abe a message offline asking how he's doing.
Anyone recognize either of the two airplanes in this photo of a hangar for sale at Massee Ranch Airpark on the east coast of Florida?
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