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  2. And anyway, what else would you expect to be loaded into an aircraft whose flight originates in the Ivory Coast...
  3. I hear that it was the new electric version of the Caravan designed by Elon Tusk.
  4. I hear the flight was to an area near Rome. Tuskany I believe.
  5. 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!
  6. When it’s repaired, he will be welcome at Palamino Airfield near Murray Bridge.
  7. I’m manning the SAAA stand on Friday morning.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Hi Ted, Did you complete the entire two weeks of builder assist with Nick? Could you post a few pics of your aircraft? Mine is still with Nick having the interior fitted. It should be on its way to Australia shortly. Dave
  11. This aircraft is for sale in the US. I was fortunate enough to view it during construction and watch it take shape. I never saw it finished until it was listed for sale recently. Its nickname by its designer/builder (Bill Husa of Orion Technologies) was Gumbo. It was to be a custom unlimited Reno racer. Anyway, I thought some may find it interesting. If you have US$350k, you can buy it outright. It has not yet flown and the owner is already selling the engines off so is parting it out. Very sad....
  12. All the best Bex. We want both your humour and your tenaciousness back on the forum! Don’t let us down! Dave
  13. The Lightning Bug flew again on Sunday. The aim of the flight was to determine the effect of reducing the pitch of the newly fitted Bolly blades by 1 degree difference from the flight that was made the week before. Here are the results. @Sea level, 27degc, QNH 1015 Max. static rpm 2600 @2,500’pa, SAT 22degc, QNH 1015 MAP 29”, RPM 3100, kcas 185, ktas 194 MAP ??”, RPM 3140, kcas 190, ktas 199 Max. CHT 320 (limit for max. continuous is 358 so well under limit) Oil temps still hovering at the upper limit so this still needs to be addressed. So with painting, fitment of nosewheel fairing and a general tidy up, with the blades set as-is, we anticipate a 3000rpm, 185-190ktas cruise. A more economical 2800rpm cruise should yield around 180ktas. At the bottom end of the speed range, bearing in mind that the ASI has not been calibrated for low speeds, stall speeds were as follows: Clean - 70kias First notch of flap (T/O flap 20 degrees) - 63kias Stall symptoms and behavior were conventional. Might this be the fastest Jabiru 3300 around?
  14. Hi Ted, It’s good to hear of your progress. The 340 with Prince prop should be good. We ran a Prince P-tip on our Lightning Bug and it was an excellent prop. Lonnie Prince makes a good product. Our Lightning is still in Shelbyville getting the interior installed. Hopefully, it will be packed up and shipped later this month but I suspect that Christmas will get in the way and it might end up being shipped during January. We are certainly looking forward to getting it into our workshop here to finish the panel, firewall forward and fiddle bits. All we need now is our engine ?
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