any Ultralight aircraft experts? Update ;) i've started ..
not totally off topic but anyway
a mate came over and we are discussing our next hunting trip , where i'm relocating too is very close distance wise to where i have been hunting but its either a 4 hour drive or a 3 hour walk/climb up a huge cliff ( 1220 foot) to the plateu
so my mate says why not build another ultralight
well the one i built years ago was fun but but not relaible for this
a frame a lawn mower engine and some wings and basic controls and a plastic seat stuck,,nailed, screwed, pop riveted and glued together
but was so tempermental and did not like any wind ( wind is why i dont have it no more, and a 3" scar on my butt)
i'd like to build one that i could drag out to the paddock clip in the flinters and off i go on a regular basis.. are there any cheap kits available in the US ??
i do not need instramented doo dads just wings and a reliable motor and better controls than i had, i am not a aero engineer, but pretty handy tool wise
yeah i know i'm a nut
but is there a louis beilot style kit ( basic ) out there that one can buy or am i gonna have to "wing it" from scratch again
Jack I'm not much of an expert. I did own a pterodactyl, which is a fixed wing two axis control with a canard wing, I had it for a few years then cracked er up in a wind gust, I wanted to live to play another day, so I sold it to a burley ol geezer who had never been off the ground before. (hope he's still alive)
Now all the rage is powered parachutes, Definitely the safest ultralight because your always in parachute mode, when the engine fails its a much softer landing
that quicksilver link is great just dunno about the cost eh, they have a aussie agent and despite the AUD catching up with the USD the last year its still double the cost
but it looks like just what i'm after for sure, i may just end up doing a total home made again but plagerise the design from something a tad more modern than a old belgium bloke as i did before
Wiseacre this the one ??
and with the powered chutes ... can you get decent altitude with them? and how would you go with a roo carcass strapped on ? this is to be a hunting buggy , meaning i gotta bring home some meat and the hide
oh and before i built mine i had never had control of a aircraft before , rode in plenty but only as a passenger etc..
i'm thinking the motor from a Ural Moto motor cycle ( russian rip off of a BMW motorcycle
its air cooled seperates from the gearbox (dont need a gearbox) a tad better than the original BMW ( no shared oil links) and is a tad lighter but 74 HP instead of the 62 of the BMW and they are pretty much bullet proof and reliable and cheap and uses standard fuel and the pumped carb's will work at 90 deg to normal ( looked at these a long time ago but after the stack i did not need the idea) and is half the price of the rotax motor
either that or cut a VW motor in half and go that way .. we'll see
i have to build a workshop first, starting that in 2 weeks
just got back from the local coucil ( local government here) with permission to build a small "dwelling" as they classified it, i'm doing the paperwork for a commercial lease from him , 5 x 5 with options so i'll have a place here on the east coast while i'm here and so i can visit mates this side ( majority live in NSW or Queensland) and then build a bit bigger when i get home to South Australia
its not a long haul but if you slant the google earth thingy you'll see how steep it really is and in winter any small ammount of moisture and its a slippery and sticky trek at best , and bloody dangerous at worst
this way i should be able to fly up early in the morning and spend a full day hunting and come back before dark no worries, besides
flying by the seat of your pants is fun and i dont need no PC medical for these type craft here, just a $400 a year insurance policy to cover the cost of rescue folks if they have to drag my bod back
heres the little shack i'm building
its 4 meters by 10 meters of which 2 will be a wired in avery for my birds ( two pet cockatiels )
and i'll add a 4 meter wide awning to build the plane under ..
the work shop area is the most important as this is built to comply with the nazi style anti gun laws here ( 3/8th " steel plate lined) and the rest will be a little flat for myself and as they have a shower/bathroom set up already at the back of the main workshop ( my mate has a excavation/demolitions business so needs a shower /bathroom setup for his licence)
what more does a bloke need eh?
i should start construction in a couple of weeks , once i've bought all the materials and carted them out there and should only be a month til i am 100% operational
once thats done and i'm making flinters and falling blocks again and have a few in stock i'll start on the plane as my winter project ( just started autumn here)
i've never been real sure about the control surfaces out front, more the traditional plane style person myself ( only cause they are easier for dummies to fly)
i've been reading about the canard wings
are they as stable as they say or do you think its bias by some who are generally way more skilled than dummies like me ?
my friend here wants to know why you called it a feathered fighter .. she wants to know how hard it would be to mount guns on the thing, aint sure what she has in mind maybe she's just mind reading again ...
we have to stay below 500 meters AGL here with these or i need to get a airworthy certification, radio for air traffic control and a licence ( and i wont pass the med for the licence )
my veiw is if The Good Lord wants me , he'll grab me anywhere , in bed, flying , hunting , He makes that call , you go full stop
i just want to enjoy what time i have here , and enjoyment is sometimes pushing the envelope ya know ?? besides after almost 2 years in that hole in sydney i really look forward to just being free a bit
and thinking about making the 2 seat version
come on over i'll take ya for a spin when its done
He He, reminds me of the RED BARRON, Guns mounted on the wings of a Pterodactyl might be too much recoil (yaw). A 50 cal mounted on the canard would create a loop effect (stall) and a AR/AK,under the wheels would be a nose dive fer sure (crash) The reason I called it the feathered fighter is because it's so light, Any muzzle blast from a firearm 223 or larger would certainly make it fly upside down
A pic of my little flying buddy, in his Weedhopper
Is that Buzzard the same plane seen in a James Bond movie? Looks like it.
In a similar vein, I remember a fellow near here had a little gyrocopter when I was in my early teens, used to spot it in the nearby town on occasion. Another of JB's toys.
BTW: the britches came out all right Thanks to mods for thick skins on that one. Late nights I might have a shot or three.
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