Aviation MegaThread!!!!

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by EvilGenius, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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  2. I_FLY_LOW

    I_FLY_LOW Long timer

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    Awesome news!:freaky
  3. I_FLY_LOW

    I_FLY_LOW Long timer

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    I was bored this morning, and was poking around RCUniverse.com, when I came across this:
    http://www.rcuniverse.com/market/item.cfm?itemId=809793

    Great Planes/Harold Wagner Piper J-3 twin Cub (RTF)
    [​IMG]

    I was like [​IMG]

    So, I fired up my Google Fu, and ran across this:
    http://johnlinde.ca/Early_Designs.html
    [​IMG]

    A tad more at the bottom of the page, along with some other aviation oddities...
    http://www.twinnavion.com/oddballs.htm
    [​IMG]

    There's been some interesting stuff attempted in the evolution of avation, to say the least...
  4. Flying-D

    Flying-D Just Passing Through

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    Wow! I do learn something new every day...The twin Tri-Pacer is something else too!
  5. GuyRocket

    GuyRocket Been here awhile

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    Somebody requested a snowy, full moon night flying video. My sack isn't big enough to shoot that, but I did get a new camera for Christmas and put this together. There's snow at least... This is my first attempt and I have quite a bit of jelly effect in it, but thought I would post it anyway.

    <iframe src="http://api.smugmug.com/services/embed/1667668436_HLXDFdQ?width=640&height=360" scrolling="no" width="640" frameborder="0" height="360"></iframe>



  6. I_FLY_LOW

    I_FLY_LOW Long timer

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    Well, there you have it... video evidence, that you officially suck....:lol3
    What are you flying?
  7. XR650L_Dave

    XR650L_Dave Long timer

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    Whadga, stick the camera on the wing?

    The jelly effect is caused by vibration, one way to get rid of it would be to decrease the iris and extend the exposure (other than just isolating it from vibration).

    Nice airport, weird rwy config.

    [​IMG]
  8. GuyRocket

    GuyRocket Been here awhile

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    Van's RV-8a that I finished 12/08.

    This was a 5 minute mounting job. I attached the helmet mount to the left wingtip such that it was angled down about 10°. I definitely need to firm this up, but wanted to play with the new toy and I new this would work since I'm not he first RV guy to do it.
  9. RedRocker

    RedRocker Native Texican

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    One of my favorite planes. :clap
  10. I_FLY_LOW

    I_FLY_LOW Long timer

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    Very nice! Have any pics, or build thread on it anywhere on the interwebs?

    We're proud owners of an RV-8,











































































    Assembly manual...
    :lol3
    hey, gotta start somewhere, right?:freaky
  11. GuyRocket

    GuyRocket Been here awhile

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  12. Mudflaps

    Mudflaps Northward

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  13. RxZ

    RxZ Legal Drug Dealer

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    I should not have Googled the RV planes, now I want one!

    It is probably a good thing I do not have the time to build one, or the money to buy one already assembled. That looks like a hoot of a plane! And estimated 23 MPG at 55% cruise? That is crazy (in an awesome way)!
  14. GuyRocket

    GuyRocket Been here awhile

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    They are amazing aircraft!

    In my 8, at my usual economy cruise (I run lean of peak), I do 172 kts (198mph) at 7.8 gph which is 25.5 mpg! If the weather is good, I can beat the airlines to any place west of the Mississippi. All without being strip searched. I can even do a few rolls on the way there.
  15. I_FLY_LOW

    I_FLY_LOW Long timer

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    Recheck my post...
    I could post a pic of it, I reckon...:lol3
  16. RxZ

    RxZ Legal Drug Dealer

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    A doctor I know has his own plane, an older Piper I think. Anyway, he lives here in East Texas, but he has one kid in Colorado (and a second house there), one kid in Montana, and one kid in Iowa. He bought a plane last year because he said he could use it and get there faster than the airlines, whenever he wanted, and and not for that much more money, plus, way more fun than the airlines. I think he averages about 20 MPG in his plane, so aside from more maintenance and airport fees it wasn't that much more expensive than driving his truck.

    Granted, with his job and no other bills he can afford the upkeep that comes with plane ownership. Kinda like a boat in my opinion, except much more useful :deal

    One day I would love to get into flying. Always been a dream of mine. Finances and family have held me back thus far, but one day...
  17. McCormack

    McCormack Cronkite of CSM

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    I'm curious, what is the idea/advantage to adding a second engine to the plane of that size in the first place? Was it increased load? Or maybe range?
  18. dfwscotty

    dfwscotty Long timer

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    Because he could?

    Bored?

    One of a kind for sure.
  19. I_FLY_LOW

    I_FLY_LOW Long timer

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    Yes and hopefully yes... Practicality, eh, not so much...
  20. pilot815

    pilot815 Long timer

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    I would be interested to know what it is exactly. From what I remember, 10-15mpg was the magical number for most single engine piston planes regardless of engine size and retractable/fixed gear. It all seemed to work out the same. This doesn't however apply to homebuilt/kit airplanes. Bigger engine meant faster speed, but higher consumption. Smaller engine meant slower speed and lower consumption. Consider that 100LL (avgas or airplane gas) is a little over $6.00 a gallon the car gas cost vs airplane gas cost is clearly sided to the car. Of course when it comes to time saved, and enjoyment the airplane wins.