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    News reports are pumping this up, and it's cool,...

    News reports are pumping this up, and it's cool, but let's keep it in perspective... it was a test flight of an experimental electric aircraft that happens to be owned by an airline. The reporting...
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    The late great Jerry Pournelle talked about this....

    The late great Jerry Pournelle talked about this.
    Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy states that in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people:

    First, there will be those...
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    Gotcha. I would suggest contacting the guys at...

    Gotcha. I would suggest contacting the guys at Tri-State Kites. They were Quicksilver dealers back in the day and Mark Smith was the guru of all things Quicksilver. Mark is gone now but the ...
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    Quicksilver made a strut based version, you...

    Quicksilver made a strut based version, you could copy that, but it was heavier and less rigid. The only good reason to go with struts is if the kingpost won't clear your hangar door.
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    The first Otto Lilienthal hang gliding meet in...

    The first Otto Lilienthal hang gliding meet in 1971 was held at a secret location disclosed only to the competitors at the last minute, because the FAA had said (this was long before Part 103)...
  6. Could be any plane, AN3095 is a generic mil...

    Could be any plane, AN3095 is a generic mil spec part number.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Grimes-AN3095-7-D3040-DBE-Retractable-Landing-Light-24V-Used-Rebuilt-B1097-/264315461091
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    Funny, for all the pictures I have of my Hatz,...

    Funny, for all the pictures I have of my Hatz, most have poor or distracting backgrounds. But I like this one:

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    My tenure in the Starduster was short but memorable. This is camping under...
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    An A&P can do an overhaul if he has the proper...

    An A&P can do an overhaul if he has the proper tools. But a repair shop set up for this kind of work may be better able to handle it.
  9. The gross weight is whatever the builder says it...

    The gross weight is whatever the builder says it is. A smart builder uses the numbers determined by the designer, anything more and you reduce the limit load factors. The aircraft is supposed to be...
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    Coleman fuel is VMP naptha. (VMP = "varnish...

    Coleman fuel is VMP naptha. (VMP = "varnish makers & painters").
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    I've heard of watercolor paints being used for...

    I've heard of watercolor paints being used for temporary paint on automobiles, just wash it off.
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    They all use the same fabric. Instead of...

    They all use the same fabric.

    Instead of Eko-bond, get some 3M Fastbond 30NF, which is the same thing, or close, but cheaper.
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    Hirths have long quoted TBOs, but everybody I...

    Hirths have long quoted TBOs, but everybody I know who has flown one has not been happy, and all went back to Rotax. Rebuilt Rotaxes and parts are still readily available, though the prices seem to...
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    What Ron said, the big thing is getting hangar...

    What Ron said, the big thing is getting hangar space. At some airports it's no problem, others not so good. For example, at SNC (Chester, CT), there is a waiting list for hangar space, but across...
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    Not necessarily foolish if you fly within the...

    Not necessarily foolish if you fly within the limits of the aircraft and your flying abilities. I remember doing it with my T-Craft years ago, I was always returning to the airport with bits of TP...
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    Old school butyrate dope / Ceconite: as Dale...

    Old school butyrate dope / Ceconite: as Dale said, some of us love the smell. Toluene solvent, not really good for you but probably not the worst.

    Polyfiber (Stits): Smells nasty, MEK solvent. ...
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    Maybe that's why they used Constellation hubs...

    Maybe that's why they used Constellation hubs...
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    I didn't build my Hatz so I can't comment there...

    I didn't build my Hatz so I can't comment there other than to say it's very conventional construction, but it's a fairly large plane so there's a lot to build. But flying it always puts a smile on...
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    Spinning the engine helps, but you still need to...

    Spinning the engine helps, but you still need to have cool air coming in. If the engine is spinning inside a box of hot air, the air will be circulating but it won't do much cooling.
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    One of my PPG buddies had "HI FLYR" as his...

    One of my PPG buddies had "HI FLYR" as his license plate. I've also seen "PPGER". I got my last medical from a doc whose plate is "FAA AME".
  21. Looks like it might have been built with...

    Looks like it might have been built with repurposed cylinders from a radial engine?
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    My Hatz is safe, I think it's pretty cool, but...

    My Hatz is safe, I think it's pretty cool, but "practical transportation" it certainly is not. But if I was looking for practical transportation I wouldn't be looking at a 152 either.
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    Perhaps, but a 152 isn't nearly as cool.

    Perhaps, but a 152 isn't nearly as cool.
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    The old "control zone" became class D airspace. ...

    The old "control zone" became class D airspace. Class E surface airspace just extends the cloud and visibility requirements to the surface, instead of the looser requirements of class G.


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    There is no difference between an E-AB that...

    There is no difference between an E-AB that qualifies as LSA and any other E-AB as far as certification or equipment requirements goes. The only thing that LSA compliance affects is what level of ...
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