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PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 2:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oooh, shiny! I want!

Heh, in some parts of Kansas, you could unfold the wings and fly right off the interstate.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're kidding, right? This things is even called "The Transition" ...

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder how many of those will fit in a C-130? Could you deploy them in flight?

Seriously, that wouldn't be much use where I live, unfortunately. This is built as an LSA, a "light sport aircraft." LSA pilots are somewhat limited in terms of what kind of airspace they may fly in. FAR 61.315 says they may only fly in daylight hours and must stay below 18,000 feet, and remain clear of any class B, C, or D airspace in the absence of additional endorsements (part 61.325). This basically means you have to avoid controlled airspace, i.e. airspace in which a pilot is required to possess and demonstrate proficiency in the use of navigation and communications systems and radar services, and also in operations in controlled airspace and at controlled airports (airspace and facilities with approach controllers and tower controllers).

There is precious little "uncontrolled airspace" in the southern California area, that is the Los Angeles basin. There is some, but where I live one would be ill-advised to simply jump in his Transition, zoom down the driveway, and fly his way to work. You might not get a chance to meet the USAF up close and personal as they scramble to find out who you are, but you can bet the FAA hack would be waiting for you at your house when you got home ...

Mike, with your proximity to all those Air Force and Navy installations out where you live, I'd think this would not be the toy for you and Chris to buy each other for Christmas this year.

On the other paw, like Tigermark said, it'd be the neat toy to have if you lived somewhere under wide open skies with roadways or runways to match. It'd be a great way for furs like Alex or Joe to fly to work! <thinks> Well, maybe not Joe. The airspace around Denver isn't that much more open than the airspace here in Los Angeles ...

Still, at $194,000, that's not much aircraft for the money. If you had the ratings you could buy a pretty good (if well-used) single-engine general aviation aircraft that could carry four furs (LSA pilots may only carry one passenger at a time, most LSA only have two seats) and come equipped with other cool things such as equipment that allows flight at night or in instrument conditions, constant speed props, retractable gear, blah-blah-blah. Around here a reasonably equipped 4-place, 200 HP, retractable gear Cessna or Piper can be had for under 200 grand if you don't mind the high time on the airframe and engine.

So ...

Interesting. Yeah, shiny. But ... no thanks.

<picks up latest edition of the Aero Trader>

Where'd I see that ad for the Navion Rangemaster with the turboprop in it?

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Besides, if you're going to buy a LSA-type aircraft, wouldn't the Equator P-2 Excursion be a better choice?

Not that I'm certain that mixing electric power with water is a good idea...

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike Regan wrote:
A young SC - http://www.furaffinity.net/full/3784442/


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awww ... thanks Mike. That's way better than those "first they say it, then they do it" type posts.

Actually, I was quite the constructor of model aircraft when I was a pup. I even helped my father and his buddy build a sailplane, in a garage in Whittier that quickly gave up it's automobiles and almost everything else. It did fly, but was destroyed in a freak hurricane at Hemet Ryan airport not too long after it's certification by the FAA.

I wish I had the cash flow and time to build things like that now. I'd be building something in my hangar, one of those sexy-sleek kit planes that you can hang a PT-6A on the front of and go over 300 knots at 25,000 feet. That would be fun ...

Nice artwork. Wish I could draw like that ...

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hehe that pic was totally appropriate. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, lessee ...

Turbojet engine ... check

Four wheel drive ... check

Side view mirrors ... what for?



Lets Rock!

See ya on the trail ...

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gee whats the MPG?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

<laughs maniacally> who cares?

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 4:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Silver Coyote wrote:
Well, lessee ...


Side view mirrors ... what for?


SC


Simple..

To see things catch on fire as you pass them! Twisted Evil

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Figuratively or literally, that's probably a good reason to have the mirrors. They might also be useful in seeing which part it was that made that clunk as it was falling off or being ripped off the buggy.

OK ... I'll keep 'em. For now ...

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 1:29 pm    Post subject: Re: New car for the Coyote. Reply with quote

Mike Regan wrote:
http://www.aopa.org/aircraft/articles/2009/090319terrafugia.html

I can't watch that, the connection keeps failing on the video.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It ran OK for me, but I'm on a fairly clean high speed, moderate bandwidth connection. Have you tried downloading it and then viewing it?

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I clicked on the play button like all other videos. I didn't see a download option. I tried pausing to let it buffer first but that didn't seem to help much, what did play was choppy.
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