Longest Flight on a Home Built Airplane !

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  1. Elburrito

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  2. Beemer Bob

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    I remember somewhere 2 people flew around the world in a homebuilt airplane.....nonstop if I remember correctly....
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  3. It'sNotTheBike

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    Garrison's original Melmoth flew across both the Atlantic
    and the Pacific. The distance over water in the Pacific
    flight was greater than the ENTIRE distance flown by the Lancair
    you mention.


    And as Beemer Bob noted, Dick Rutan and Jeana
    Yeager flew the Burt Rutan designed Voyager around the
    entire world NONSTOP. The book which details the efforts
    involved in both the build and the flight is a great read.


    So this flight by the Lancair is hardly the longest flight by a
    homebuilt aircraft.


    Not even close.:deal


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  4. Elburrito

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    I believe both of those examples you outline are designated as experimental.
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  5. PirateJohn

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    Is that the normal range of a Lancair or did they put in extra tanks?


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  6. It'sNotTheBike

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    It's true that Melmoth and Voyager were licensed in the "experimental"
    category but that's a pedantic distinction that has nothing to do with
    how far the aircraft flew.


    Maybe you'd better call the National Air and Space Museum and tell them
    that Voyager doesn't have the right to hang from their ceiling because it
    was not certified in the normal category :rofl



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  7. It'sNotTheBike

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    No.
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  8. scottfromboston

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    Word is he took off with ~400 gal aboard. I'm not familiar with the Lancair IV but I would guess that stock is ~50gal.

    ~2500lb of fuel - That's serious business right there.
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    Which means... its wasn't a box stock Lancair either.
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  10. Elburrito

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    No kidding, it's a scary proposition with that much fuel on board. My father delivered the first dash 8 to Australia. It was retrofitted with extra fuel bladders in the wings and gravity tanks in the fuselage. He said he couldn't help but think he was flying a big gas bomb waiting to explode .:lol3
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    That's what I was thinking too. Shouldn't it then be labeled experimental or some such? The Feds are pretty picky about extended range tanks.


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    Lancairs are EX-AB - builder specifies max gross weight.

    Also, the owner can make modifications - he'd be able to add ferry tanks with just his own logbook signoff.
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    Interesting. I read somewhere that the Feds were reluctant to approve extended tanks on some planes because they felt they would be popular with smugglers. True or urban legend?


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    Well in the Lancair's case you could have gas or blow, but not both. Unless you were smuggling diamonds or something.

    Add-on tanks, esp. in the fuselage, have a whole swarm of technical and safety issues around them that are both a PITA to address and an even worse one to regulate on.
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    Likely false. Ferry tanks in type-certified craft (cessna,piper, ect) are "tough" to get approved because there's a bunch of engineering (weight, structure,fuel, electrical) for each installation that the Feds have to approve.

    On an experimental, the type cert is unique and established by the builder (including gross weight). If the extra gross weight capacity is available, an additional tank would be a modification that an owner or any aircraft mechanic could perform and sign off on. A weight increase would require an amendment to the TC, and engineering documentation for the weight increase (only) would have to be supplied. All other approvals would still be the responsibility of the owner.
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    Thanks!


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    For other non pilots such as myself, this is what a Lancair IV looks like (thanks google)

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    Experimental, sure, but I'd hardly call the Voyager homebuilt. :deal
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    Let's just say that it's as homebuilt as a Lancair.......
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  20. Echo1

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    I'm not sure about different distance record categories so is this flight really a record? In 1979 Dick Rutan flew a Long-EZ 4900 miles in a closed course and set the record. At takeoff he had 143.6 gallon of fuel and got 35 MPG. This guy flew the Lancair ~4500 miles.

    http://v2.ez.org/cp23-p3.htm

    The Long-EZ is very impressive - max speed 185MPH, cruise speed 144MPH, and 2010 miles range on 52 gallons.
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