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  1. In the case at the airport I was discussing, I...

    In the case at the airport I was discussing, I kind of understand their point. There is pretty significant slope to allow for drainage, and there are some drains that would be pretty hard to see...
  2. Unless you HAVE to land on the paved runway... ...

    Unless you HAVE to land on the paved runway... In which case, stay on your TOES!

    (My home airport doesn't have a grass runway, and Tower will not allow landing on the grass between the runways. ...
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    I slept in a hammock for years when we lived in...

    I slept in a hammock for years when we lived in Brazil. The one pictured in h20av8r's post is similar to the ones we used in Brazil. You definitely sleep diagonally, which makes for a pretty flat...
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    You and me both... I was hoping he would find...

    You and me both... I was hoping he would find some of those Locust thorns like we have around here. Some of the thorns are 6" long, and will penetrate a tractor tire.
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    I like LSA. I like tailwheel airplanes. I have...

    I like LSA. I like tailwheel airplanes. I have no "need" for backcountry performance, but I thoroughly enjoy challenging myself to takeoff and land as short as practical at the airports (including...
  6. I looked into the Beta a few months back, and...

    I looked into the Beta a few months back, and could have signed up at the time. (I should have!) When ATT finally admitted they could no longer repair the copper DSL switch that supplies my home...
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    As a buyer, I would prefer to get a flight in the...

    As a buyer, I would prefer to get a flight in the airplane before closing the sale, just to confirm there are no major issues with rigging, etc. But also to confirm that all the avionics work as...
  8. I wonder how in the world he would claim he knew...

    I wonder how in the world he would claim he knew those people were not abused... He may have believed that to be the case. He may have even strongly believed that to be the case. But unless he was...
  9. The EAA runs the Young Eagles program, and their...

    The EAA runs the Young Eagles program, and their requirements are pretty basic: valid PPL or higher, current for carrying passengers, has completed the Youth Protection Program training course...
  10. On the other hand, the fact that the Young Eagles...

    On the other hand, the fact that the Young Eagles program is sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association should be a clue that the flights might well be conducted in experimental aircraft... ...
  11. Wow! That was a surprise! The quoted section...

    Wow! That was a surprise! The quoted section above is from the "Prohibited Activities" section of the BSA Policy document. The way I read that, flying is a prohibited activity, regardless of the...
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    I've got no beef with the guys that trailer their...

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    There's the "inspection" and then there's...

    There's the "inspection" and then there's "correcting issues"... The last IA I used had a flat-charge for the inspection ($595 for a Champion 7ECA, IIRC), assuming I brought the airplane in already...
  14. The footnote on your PAPR clearly states "the...

    The footnote on your PAPR clearly states "the above FP ID Mismatch field can be disregarded when no flight plan was filed for the associated flight." So, unless you were on a flight plan at the...
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    Not at all my experience with helicopters... ...

    Not at all my experience with helicopters... Sure, they could fly once you were moving forward - but that's not "flying" in a helicopter... It's that whole "hovering thing" that makes you a...
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    I was stationed in S Korea back in the late 70's....

    I was stationed in S Korea back in the late 70's. One of the Cobra pilots in my unit spend almost his entire 13-month deployment building a beautiful RC helicopter – a model of the Bell 222. That...
  17. Our chapter has a few "interesting" planes that...

    Our chapter has a few "interesting" planes that everyone wants to fly in... Probably the most-requested one is the "Stagger-EZ" that just looks "too cool for school" (according to the 10-year-old...
  18. My local EAA chapter wasn't doing Young Eagle...

    My local EAA chapter wasn't doing Young Eagle flights when I joined (~10 years ago). I inquired, and was told there had been some bad experiences, and the leadership was "against it." I spoke to...
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    I don't agree that ADS-B Out has no benefit to...

    I don't agree that ADS-B Out has no benefit to the equipped airplane. As Skywagon8A himself points out, it is a benefit to the equipped plane if OTHER airplanes "see" him and are able to "avoid"...
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    The attachment links aren't working for me, but...

    The attachment links aren't working for me, but the pictures look great! It's hard for me to fathom only 1000 hours for any Bearhawk build. You are THE MAN! (I had over 1000 hours into mine when I...
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    Belite has a true "vane-type" AOA in their...

    Belite has a true "vane-type" AOA in their Radiant line of instruments. I purchased one, but have not yet installed it, so I can't give a full-on pirep. I'm putting it on a mount that will place...
  22. Here's a link to an AOPA article...

    Here's a link to an AOPA article that discusses a technique for "automatically" establishing "max trim glide," which is very close to best glide airspeed – and without having to do a lot of mental...
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    Sticky: My airplane stalls around 28 mph, so landing in...

    My airplane stalls around 28 mph, so landing in strong winds can be "sporty" at best. So whenever there's a stiff crosswind, I also use the "diagonal across the runway" to get on the ground with...
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    Well, not quite PFM, but it can seem pretty...

    Well, not quite PFM, but it can seem pretty close...

    For systems that have pitot/static, magnetometer, and GPS, they take the airspeed, GPS ground speed, magnetic heading, and GPS track, apply...
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    Ignorance is bliss... until it isn't. ...

    Ignorance is bliss... until it isn't.

    Personally, just as with weight and balance situations, I'd rather know what's going on.

    I think part of the challenge with "good instrumentation" is...
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