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    Also during the show, they re-created Operation...

    Also during the show, they re-created Operation Little Vittles, dropping candy to the kids at the fly-in, using homemade parachutes....
    http://www.wanttaja.com/vittles.jpg

    Ron Wanttaja
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    Avenger and Dakota

    Liked how this picture turned out, decided to share it. This is a Grumman Avenger and a Douglas DC-3 in formation during the Arlington Air Show.
    http://www.wanttaja.com/turgoon.jpg

    Ron Wanttaja
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    The biography of Robert Tuck references a...

    The biography of Robert Tuck references a Spitfire pilot with the nickname, "Green to Black." It comes from his description of ditching his airplane...."everything was a pretty green at first, but...
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    For those colonials who hadn't heard of this: ...

    For those colonials who hadn't heard of this:

    https://www.silverspitfire.com/

    Ron "Wild colonial boy" Wanttaja
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    My dad had a subscription to Motor Trend magazine...

    My dad had a subscription to Motor Trend magazine when I was a kid, and I remember reading an article about a sports car that someone had added a Merlin engine too.

    This being the Internet age, I...
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    The 5.0L V8. I ordered the car with the Z28...

    The 5.0L V8. I ordered the car with the Z28 manual transmission, too. That was a mistake, I think... the transmission was expecting the bigger V8, and the clutch work had to be done carefully to...
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    This thread kind of highlights an experience I...

    This thread kind of highlights an experience I had this weekend.

    Washington State prohibited most indoor smoking back in 1985. In that time, one tended to forget what it was like BEFORE the law....
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    Hmpppfff. So was my Honda....

    Hmpppfff. So was my Honda.
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/23/HondaJet_Ryabtsev.jpg

    Ron "Nyah, nyah, nyah" Wanttaja
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    When I was in the Air Force, a buddy was an...

    When I was in the Air Force, a buddy was an Academy graduate. When their senior year came around, the local car dealers offered to take group orders for cars for the soon-to-be-graduating cadets. ...
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    I think 25 people would be really happy, and the...

    I think 25 people would be really happy, and the rest would still be stuck with trying to schlep their gear to the show. It'd be kinda like hotel rooms; a theoretical possibility but the vast...
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    Let's look at the statistics for Wisconsin......

    Let's look at the statistics for Wisconsin...
    http://www.wanttaja.com/dom_wi.jpg
    BIG spike at Oshkosh time! Of course, though, it's also the best flying weather for that area, so the rate would...
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    Another look at the number of accidents vs....

    Another look at the number of accidents vs. month, but for the warm-weather states.
    http://www.wanttaja.com/dom_state.jpg

    Note that the plots are "flatter," the coming of summer is a bit less...
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    Basic Homebuilt Accident Statistics

    Some basic statistics. Probably no surprises.

    Number of EAB accidents vs. month:
    http://www.wanttaja.com/dom.jpg

    Number of EAB accidents vs. day of week:
    http://www.wanttaja.com/dow.jpg
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    I had an interesting discussion with an FAA guy...

    I had an interesting discussion with an FAA guy once. I'd mentioned a man in our Fly Baby club who was an insurance adjuster. When he had an out-of-town check to deliver, he used the Fly Baby to...
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    14 CFR 91.319. Arguably, 91.9 as well, if you...

    14 CFR 91.319. Arguably, 91.9 as well, if you consider the aircraft operation limitations as being included.

    Ron Wanttaja
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    Good news indeed. What engine is it? Ron...

    Good news indeed. What engine is it?

    Ron Wanttaja
  17. Updates to FAA Aircraft Certification, Including EAB and Light Sport

    At AirVenture this year, the outgoing FAA Administrator gave some hints as to what direction the FAA's changes to aircraft certification might be going. Here's EAA's Press Release:
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    Well, it's official: Floats isn't a Browncoat. ...

    BTW, I love your handle, where is this place, it sounds eutopian?[/QUOTE]

    Well, it's official: Floats isn't a Browncoat.

    Ron "I aim to misbehave" Wanttaja
  19. My mission evolved over a number of years. ...

    My mission evolved over a number of years. Initially, it was for a fast cross-country airplane with aerobatic capability. My first airplane was a Cessna 150, and two years of ownership pointed that...
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    Icon is apparently hurting.... ...

    Icon is apparently hurting....

    https://www.avweb.com/aviation-news/lsa/icon-reduces-work-force-cuts-production/

    "Stung by the trade war with China that’s dried up investment capital, light...
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    You're absolutely right, Floats. Guess we'd have...

    You're absolutely right, Floats. Guess we'd have to assume there were some Manic GTs, Lady Nivas, Campagnas, and Volvo Canadians in that Dayton parking lot. :-)

    Ron Wanttaja
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    The vast majority of those aircraft were...

    The vast majority of those aircraft were piston-powered fixed wing aircraft.

    According to the 2017 FAA General Aviation survey, there are 143,000 active piston-powered fixed-wing aircraft in the...
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    Reminds me of a (probably apocryphal) quote from...

    Reminds me of a (probably apocryphal) quote from Mao Tse Tung. They asked Mao what he thought of the French Revolution.

    His answer:

    "Too soon to tell."

    Ron "Inscrutable" Wanttaja
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    Sorry, Floats I was apparently unclear. I...

    Sorry, Floats I was apparently unclear.

    I don't like Icon's "Flying Jet Ski" marketing, but I think it's waaaay too early to claim it contributes to the accident rate.

    One of the five Icon...
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    The pilot of the most recent accident had an ATP,...

    The pilot of the most recent accident had an ATP, and word is that he was a regional sales representative for Icon. Other stories say he was flying a prospective buyer of his own aircraft. I...
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