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flyvulcan

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  • Birthday 16/07/1961

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    Lightning Bug, Jet Bug, Arion Lightning, White Lightning
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    Adelaide
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    Australia

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  1. I heard the pilot was a 95 year old former member of the French resistance, holidaying in Italy and was flying on his ohm with no one else in the aircraft...
  2. Mike is a top guy and is an incredible advocate for aviation. Me and Mike at Oshkosh this year:
  3. As luck would have it, our Lightning was delivered to our workshop in Adelaide a few weeks ago. It has been unpacked and we shall shortly begin to assemble all the components that were removed for painting and were shipped loose, i.e. gear leg fairings, wheel spats etc. Once assembled, we will generate the to-do list. Obvious tasks left for us are to design and install the panel and complete the firewall forward development and finishing the installation of the engine, system and cowling. Here are some photos of it in our workshop so you can see how it has turned out so far: Cheers, Dave
  4. Murray Bridged based 180 ktas cruise Lightning Bug.
  5. flyvulcan

    Macchi MB-326H

    I loved flying the Macchi (2FTS QFI ‘86-‘88). I have so many fond memories of fun flying in these jets. The flyaways to Broome to do the formation display at the Pearl festival, with stops and displays enroute are a big highlight, mainly for the outrageous low level flying we did along the coastline or through the desert. Ahh, the memories.... Nice jet, great mates, great flying!
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    flyvulcan

  7. And anyway, what else would you expect to be loaded into an aircraft whose flight originates in the Ivory Coast...
  8. I hear that it was the new electric version of the Caravan designed by Elon Tusk.
  9. I hear the flight was to an area near Rome. Tuskany I believe.
  10. The latest flight last weekend after some fuel system work to fix fuel level indications and to sort out the tank transfer system gave the following results with the nosewheel pant reinstalled: Straight and level, full throttle - 195kias/194kcas/201ktas, 3100 rpm from the Jab3300 With a smooth paint job to replace the rough primer coat, there should be a few more knots to wring out of the airframe. Amazing aircraft! Time to get it back into production!
  11. When it’s repaired, he will be welcome at Palamino Airfield near Murray Bridge.
  12. I’m manning the SAAA stand on Friday morning.
  13. The designer, Bill Husa was a very experienced design engineer. He had many successful designs under his belt and both aerodynamics and structures were his areas of expertise. Some extremely novel and innovative design features are incorporated into the construction of this aircraft. For example, it does not have a standard spar structure. Instead of a main and rear spar, I believe there is a series of corrugation like structures within the wing to replace the typical spar/rib structure. Bill was extremely aware of Vmca issues (minimum control airspeed on a single engine for those not familiar with the term) and indeed, we discussed this when I viewed the aircraft. He had designed the aircraft such that this should not be an issue. The vertical stabiliser is actually quite large and has a long moment. I sincerely hope that this aircraft is flown successfully, and that it can continue to do so as a testament to Bill’s contribution to the recreational aviation fraternity.
  14. We haven’t been able to find out. Run out of money to be able to race it at Reno, afraid to fly it, we don’t know. Having watched it grow from concept to reality, I’d be disappointed if it didn’t get to fly. I was working on a project with Bill Husa who designed and built it. Bill was designing an aircraft for me. I spoke with him on a phone call one day to discuss our project and he told me that he hadn’t been well the last few weeks, but that he would be sorted within the next couple of weeks. I read on another forum a week later that he had died. He had cancer and not told anyone. He was probably only around 50 years old. Bill was a terrific guy and a real asset for the homebuilt community with his unselfish sharing of information and advice. He is sorely missed.
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