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    No airplane NEEDS a short N number. There are...

    No airplane NEEDS a short N number. There are provisions in the rules for just about any situation regarding making the N number fit on the airframe. As for "saving" the short N numbers for those...
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    When I worked at Sonex we would have workshop...

    When I worked at Sonex we would have workshop weekends every so often. During the workshops we would give introductory lessons in the factory prototypes. On a good day we would have N12SX, N112SX,...
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    Yep, I admit it, I'm one of those who treasures...

    Yep, I admit it, I'm one of those who treasures the original N number on a plane. As has been mentioned above, it's part of the history of that aircraft and I feel it should be preserved. On a...
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    Rich, I agree. In fact, all of us at EAA who...

    Rich,

    I agree. In fact, all of us at EAA who were working with the FAA on this rulemaking package back then agreed and tried to get the FAA to go that way. Obviously we didn't succeed. Using...
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    There has always been a lot of confusion on this...

    There has always been a lot of confusion on this because of the way the FAA uses the term "LSA" to mean so many different things. The fact is, there is actually no reference in the certification...
  6. Great job Steve! Good on ya!!

    Great job Steve! Good on ya!!
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    And you'd have a larger hole in your wallet where...

    And you'd have a larger hole in your wallet where some money used to be! :) As always, building an airplane is the act of trading time for money (and vice versa). If you have more money you can...
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    There's no way your construction records (aka...

    There's no way your construction records (aka "builder's log") were pulled from FAA records. Construction records are not submitted to the FAA. They are reviewed by the inspector (DAR or FAA) during...
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    Raising the gross weight is considered a "major...

    Raising the gross weight is considered a "major change", and can be accomplished by following the major change procedure found in the aircraft's operating limitations. Since the kit vendor has...
  10. I sent the email for my LODA last Friday, and it...

    I sent the email for my LODA last Friday, and it arrived in my inbox on Tuesday. That's pretty darned quick service from the FAA!!
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    I'll be there (here) for the duration. You'll...

    I'll be there (here) for the duration. You'll mostly find me in the Vintage area, as I'll be helping out with judging this year. If I'm not there, I'll probably be over at Pioneer Airport giving...
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    I agree 100%. I can't imagine flaps adding any...

    I agree 100%. I can't imagine flaps adding any performance to mine at all. I can only see them adding weight and complexity, neither of which I need. I agree with the Wright Brothers -...
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    Always a good reminder. Just had my screening a...

    Always a good reminder. Just had my screening a couple months ago. Good for another 10 years! Unfortunately, too many go unscreened. My wife's sister would likely be alive today if she had done...
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    If you're asking about where the individual...

    If you're asking about where the individual aircraft's operating limitations are found, then several folks have answered your question. (i.e., they are in the airplane as a part of the airworthiness...
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    There is yet another fly in the ointment that...

    There is yet another fly in the ointment that most people haven't really grasped yet (or even talked about much). That is, there is a possibility that the FAA would raise the maximum weight of LSA...
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    Dan, You could do it at 1320 now, and will...

    Dan,

    You could do it at 1320 now, and will always have the option of raising the gross weight later if you so choose. Your operating limitations will include a provision for incorporating a...
  17. I don't have a canopy cover from Bruce, but I do...

    I don't have a canopy cover from Bruce, but I do have an engine blanket. In fact, he used my first 90 hp Super Cub as the prototype for his PA-11/90 hp PA-18 cowling blanket. It fits great, still...
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    You are correct Jim. From the standpoint of...

    You are correct Jim. From the standpoint of aircraft certification, there are two categories called out as "light-sport aircraft". There is the "light-sport" category certificated under 14 CFR...
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    I think I made a mistake! Last Thursday I was in...

    I think I made a mistake! Last Thursday I was in Fredericksburg, TX, and it was a little over 80 degrees. We started our drive home on Friday. Yesterday morning, as we prepared to leave Des...
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    Pretty cool! Your airplane is just a few serial...

    Pretty cool! Your airplane is just a few serial numbers away from mine. My N number is 3678Z. Same paint job. I have skis for mine too but I can't really use them at OSH because it would be a...
  21. Thread: Wtb pa-18-95

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    Amen to all of that! For the way I use the...

    Amen to all of that! For the way I use the airplane, and the places I go, the 90 hp Super Cub is the perfect airplane for me. Low fuel burn, cruise in the 100 mph neighborhood, and enough payload...
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    Poll: Mike, it's not hard at all. Since there's no TC...

    Mike, it's not hard at all. Since there's no TC to worry about, there are only two things the operator of a homebuilt needs to worry about. First, the operating limitations issued by the FAA as a...
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    Poll: Great story. I would not have enjoyed that...

    Great story. I would not have enjoyed that flight very much! I'm lucky that my Super Cub has an electric turn and bank front and center in the panel. Hope I never have to use it to get out of the...
  24. Thread: Calsigns!

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    I used to work with a guy who was an F-14 pilot. ...

    I used to work with a guy who was an F-14 pilot. His last name was Elk. His callsign? Moose!
  25. I get a large cardboard box, and lay a piece of...

    I get a large cardboard box, and lay a piece of window screen over the open top of it. Lay the inspection covers on the screen and spray them. They stay right where I put them. the air blast going...
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