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  1. This post has made me realize, I have never...

    This post has made me realize, I have never bothered to accurately measure my takeoffs between the tail up right away mode, and the letting the plane/tail low tell me mode. I do know that if viz is...
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    I use a Jacobson 5' flail mower, 3 bangar Kubota...

    I use a Jacobson 5' flail mower, 3 bangar Kubota powered, I got a deal on it and then refurbished it, on my .16 acre runway, sometimes the 6' brushhog if I already have it on the rear of my Kubota...
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    I took a lady friend up whose father farmed...

    I took a lady friend up whose father farmed several thousand acres, all pivot irrigated. We got up a couple thousand feet, and at one point she exclaimed " look at all those big circles..., what...
  4. Thread: Van's RV-15

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    Time will tell, in the meantime I'll stick with...

    Time will tell, in the meantime I'll stick with chrome moly. I don't see them doing anything too "back country", as in real off airport into unknown sites etc., that will be up to the BETA testers.
  5. Thread: Van's RV-15

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    Agreed, just a prototype so fluffless. Just...

    Agreed, just a prototype so fluffless. Just throwing that out there because of their .history, I'd bet its not even on their radar, not the way they think Don't see many RV 10's cruising around with...
  6. Thread: Van's RV-15

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    In a testament to the "go fast" past design...

    In a testament to the "go fast" past design history of VANS, I see no provision for being able to open a window in flight! If you can't hang an elbow out in the breeze while cruising, what good is...
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    "At low altitude the movement of the aircraft...

    "At low altitude the movement of the aircraft over the ground is a strong input to the pilot's senses whether he wants it to be or not."

    Agreed, but it can be dealt with, and is no reason to...
  8. Thread: New Hangar

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    They have the new Morton facility almost finished...

    They have the new Morton facility almost finished out at KPIH, on vacant ground, vacant since WW2 ended anyway and they quite training bomber crews there. It is huge, several hundred feet long, 100'...
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    That's the way to do it, says the guy with a...

    That's the way to do it, says the guy with a crane service, that spent ALL DAY Friday working with a "crew" that took 4 times as long as they should have to set trusses, and I STILL have to go back...
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    A few years ago, while doing my usual crane work,...

    A few years ago, while doing my usual crane work, I got a free commercial AC unit that worked great, for a few days. Until I noticed the new filters were coal black from the welding project I was...
  11. Thread: Van's RV-15

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    I'm a big fan of 4130 chrome moly myself...., at...

    I'm a big fan of 4130 chrome moly myself...., at least for something I'd be bashing around in rocks, but those flaps look huge, the gear is interesting, and the wing span is generous. At first...
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    On the flip side, a fellow very long time RANS...

    On the flip side, a fellow very long time RANS S-7 pilot/builder/modder, just bought a RV-3. Not to replace the 7 but for his go fast, and does it ever! 190 mph +, MT 3 blade prop, sliding canopy,...
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    Reminds me of landing my hang glider in the Big...

    Reminds me of landing my hang glider in the Big Sur surf once, the beach we were using for our LZ was super tight ALL the time. I don't recall any of us taking note of any tide tables, so even...
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    I was somewhat stunned to figure up a simple...

    I was somewhat stunned to figure up a simple carport roof at my crane yard, tied onto the existing building, so just some 12' 2x6's, OSB, and the galvanized tin. 4' sidewalls on two sides. I...
  15. Thread: Gap seals

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    My thinking also, it HAS to help. Can't hurt...

    My thinking also, it HAS to help. Can't hurt anyway....and other than any "speed increase" (I spend a lot of my time in the 70's, because I like it there) and drag reduction will help climb,...
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    I found some neutral colored foam weather...

    I found some neutral colored foam weather stripping that perfectly seals the gap between my horizontal stab and my elevator on the RANS, and gained 3 MPH top speed and knocked off 2 MPH off the...
  17. I would have made it except for a very late in...

    I would have made it except for a very late in the day Friday crane job, and a very early Monday job, looked like great weather. I am buying another 30 acres below my current 40 acres to prolong my...
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    This is the Norden, by Zlin, a LSA type with a...

    This is the Norden, by Zlin, a LSA type with a Rotax, electric retractable slats.
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    Seen at Afton today, I may have posted on this...

    Seen at Afton today, I may have posted on this some time ago (?) but still pretty cool. No slats BTW.

    Only 100 yards across the highway, is a huge farm supply biz that sells EVERYTHING, and opens...
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    He will be getting billed for "loss of power...

    He will be getting billed for "loss of power production" from the agency who owns the lines, on top of everything else. I know this from my crane business. Or so I've heard... Lucky SOB all in all.
  21. Yes indeed, what is called a "wind event" I...

    Yes indeed, what is called a "wind event" I believe, not just the usual wind. Says the guy with a wind electric turbine that self furls to protect itself in over 28 mph winds, which its been doing...
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    At the I-15/I-86 junction today, I noticed the...

    At the I-15/I-86 junction today, I noticed the state hwy. dept. digital billboard was flashing "YELLOWSTONE CLOSED." Don't see that every day. Though there is nothing funny at all about this...
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    Regen for braking sure is nice, reminds me of the...

    Regen for braking sure is nice, reminds me of the Jakebrake in my crane, original brakes at 99K miles, in mountain country. The few tenths of a mile in free range every time I hit a red light is...
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    Great weather finally in SE Idaho, looking north...

    Great weather finally in SE Idaho, looking north also.
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    I bet you could find an outside outlet and water...

    I bet you could find an outside outlet and water about at any strip, I have anyways. All part of the fun!
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