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  1. Thread: Draco

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    Won’t see me throwing rocks. I destroyed an...

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    Sounds outstanding to me, I’ve heard $35/sq ft...

    Sounds outstanding to me, I’ve heard $35/sq ft down here for an insulated metal hangar.
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    Just eyeballing the fuselage, it looks to have a...

    Just eyeballing the fuselage, it looks to have a stock chord on the wing? Seems like a good opportunity to build a deeper chord wing to carry the load a little better, the aesthetics of it might take...
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    Has he flown the plane or just checked everything...

    Has he flown the plane or just checked everything on the ground? I have a 182 equipped with the finest avionics Narco offered in 1977, and it has similar performance after sitting for a few months or...
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    My theory is you either have an inherent trust of...

    My theory is you either have an inherent trust of airplanes and their capabilities, or you fly it like it’s trying to kill you. So many of these accidents can be attributed to believing it has the...
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    If it’s not making metal and the oil...

    If it’s not making metal and the oil temp/pressure is good, it should be fine if that’s where it likes to run. Compared to it’s previous life, I’m sure that Stearman isn’t getting worked too hard.
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    I keep my J3 at 2.75-3 qts. Had it get to 2 qts...

    I keep my J3 at 2.75-3 qts. Had it get to 2 qts several times on long days, never saw a drop of oil pressure or high oil temp.
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    I think it’s worth a trade on a straight tail...

    I think it’s worth a trade on a straight tail 182. Have I got a deal for you!
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    I’m waiting for the day Gorilla tape comes in...

    I’m waiting for the day Gorilla tape comes in pinked edges and different colors, I’ll never patch fabric again.
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    I don’t know how I’d get in a Cub with...

    I don’t know how I’d get in a Cub with wheelpants, I’m not sure where I’d put my feet to push off and get in. I have a C85 stroker in my J3 and have to push forward to stay level in cruise. It’s a...
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    I agree on the clean cockpit environment, that’s...

    I agree on the clean cockpit environment, that’s one reason I don’t feel the need for a helmet in a GA plane, but wear it every flight without exception in an ag plane. An Ag Cat cockpit is tight, my...
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    -20. I bought it for a good enough price I can...

    -20. I bought it for a good enough price I can justify putting a -15 or -27 on it instead of throwing parts at the orphan engine when the time comes.
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    Brought this sex machine home from Florida on...

    Brought this sex machine home from Florida on Wednesday. 9 hours of bad air, Jet A pumps messed up at every fuel stop, and crossing a bay at 300 ft with low ceilings, but it was worth the trip!
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    That’s valid, I was thinking airplane crashes but...

    That’s valid, I was thinking airplane crashes but that is true.
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    I wear a Northwall LMT Pilot helmet while...

    I wear a Northwall LMT Pilot helmet while working, it’s a great helmet that’s saved my life, but doesn’t seem to be supported in the US anymore. I’ll switch to a Gallet or Evo once it’s beyond...
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    Secondary oil pressure gauges are one of those...

    Secondary oil pressure gauges are one of those things where you shrug and say, “I don’t know, it was in there when I bought it.” That’s one I gauge I always like to have as analog.
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    A Hamilton Standard will just chop a path to...

    A Hamilton Standard will just chop a path to where you can fly out of the tree tops, don’t ask me how I know.
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    Could you build the covers stiff enough to have...

    Could you build the covers stiff enough to have the bottom end uncapped? Built that way, they would be streamlined for flight, and be open on the bottom end to where travel isn’t a factor when...
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    I use a funnel similar to what SJ posted on my...

    I use a funnel similar to what SJ posted on my 182, only I cut most of the taper off of the bottom. It’s just long enough to where it can wedge into the oil fill tube.
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    Check on Mooneyspace, someone is bound to have it...

    Check on Mooneyspace, someone is bound to have it there. I too am a fan, they handle like a flying Porsche. If our turf strip was in better shape, I’d have an early E model sitting in the hangar.
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    I repack the bearings every 200-250 hrs on my Ag...

    I repack the bearings every 200-250 hrs on my Ag Cat when rotating or replacing the tires. It doesn’t have as rough of a life as a full time rice plane, but I’d ballpark it at 1000 landings during...
  22. I’d like to hear more about this if you have any...

    I’d like to hear more about this if you have any more details. It makes a lot of sense, in my layman way of thinking these engines were designed to operate under a load, and a heavy metal prop keeps...
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    What sort of mount are you running, one of the...

    What sort of mount are you running, one of the lowered mounts like Javron makes? I read this a while back and forgot to ask, poked my head in a Super Cub cowling today and the Bendix mags looked...
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    Sounds like my first year in a 450 Ag Cat....

    Sounds like my first year in a 450 Ag Cat. 30/2050 all day in the humid Tx heat, staggering around making 3 mile turns with a 225 gal load. Learned more in 500 hrs about flying the wing than I’ll...
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    Interesting, I’d like to build something along...

    Interesting, I’d like to build something along those lines but much lighter/simple. Something to fly with some earplugs after a long day. I need to add another working plane first, then a 150 Super...
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