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    Unless someone gets VERY sloppy with a welder, a...

    Unless someone gets VERY sloppy with a welder, a socket wrench or screwdriver is not likely to become incorporated into the aircraft structure. Makes it harder for a lawyer to point at it and claim...
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    Well for those who love saying "I told you so..."...

    Well for those who love saying "I told you so..." :-)
    http://www.bowersflybaby.com/tech/broken_adaptor.jpg
    But this didn't break from normal loads. I was getting out to put gas in the airplane and...
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    Considering how few are in the US, it's...

    Considering how few are in the US, it's impossible to tell, at this point. There are only six registered examples in the US. As with any new aviation company, there are always worries whether the...
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    Orbital was the spacecraft integrator on the...

    Orbital was the spacecraft integrator on the civilian program I mentioned, and we integrated our Boeing payload with their bus at the facility north of Dulles. I always was impressed with...
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    The US Government always self-insures its...

    The US Government always self-insures its launches, but it's sure easier to go to Mutual of Dulles or Lloyds of Chantilly than to submit to the entire acquisition circus again.

    A while back we had...
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    Thanks, Dave. I was a satellite driver in the...

    Thanks, Dave. I was a satellite driver in the Air Force, we usually just said "Aw, crap," did a bit of analysis of the pre-failure telemetry, and went on to the next bird.

    Ron "Looks good to TAG"...
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    Read what I said: It wouldn't be a major strike...

    Read what I said: It wouldn't be a major strike against the pilot if the low-level flight WAS authorized, and in a designated area for low-level operations. There wouldn't be an offense to charge...
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    Not if the low-level, high-speed flight were...

    Not if the low-level, high-speed flight were authorized and within the designated area.

    Ron "What was that?" Wanttaja
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    198 Kolbs registered EAB, as of 1 January. Ron...

    198 Kolbs registered EAB, as of 1 January.

    Ron Wanttaja
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    You're right, Ron...it's in the AC: 8.4 Are...

    You're right, Ron...it's in the AC:

    8.4 Are All Operations by the Armed Forces PAO? Not necessarily; the U.S. Military is
    covered under a separate paragraph of the statute (49 U.S.C. 40125(c))...
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    Actually, no, not automatically. They're...

    Actually, no, not automatically. They're considered "Public Aircraft Operations" and many aspects of the FARs don't apply to them. See Advisory Circular AC No: 00-1.1B. The military often...
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    What's the legal definition of "hang glider"? ...

    What's the legal definition of "hang glider"? YOU know what it means, and *I* know what it means, but that doesn't mean our definitions match. It's like "Assault Rifle"; a term that can mean...
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    103.1 Applicability. This part prescribes...

    103.1 Applicability.

    This part prescribes rules governing the operation of ultralight vehicles in the United States. For the purposes of this part, an ultralight vehicle is a vehicle that:
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    Wrong, Bill. 103.13 Operation near...

    Wrong, Bill.

    103.13 Operation near aircraft; right-of-way rules.

    (a) Each person operating an ultralight vehicle shall maintain vigilance so as to see and avoid aircraft and shall yield the...
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    Happened to me when I took my generator in for a...

    Happened to me when I took my generator in for a rebuild. The guy looked at it, and said, "This looks like it came from an airplane. We're not allowed to work on airplane generators."

    "It's for...
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    I was in a rush to get off to meeting when I...

    I was in a rush to get off to meeting when I wrote this, but after thinking on it a bit more, I realized there were a LOT more examples of famous explorers who came to a bad end, and never benefited...
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    You ask good questions, Bill, and have valid...

    You ask good questions, Bill, and have valid points. There's a continued debate on the value of manned space travel. I worked on the initial Space Station proposal, but everything since then has...
  18. That's one of my favorite routines, when I run...

    That's one of my favorite routines, when I run kids through the cockpit of my Fly Baby.

    "Now, you always get into an open cockpit airplane from the left side. Do you know why?"

    [wait for kid...
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    Rumor has it that Ming the Merciless got his name...

    Rumor has it that Ming the Merciless got his name because he went with the low bidder for the space toilets. :-)

    Speaking of Buck, on my last couple spacecraft projects, I ended up designing the...
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    I've looked at the Cirrus safety record, using my...

    I've looked at the Cirrus safety record, using my standard analysis tools and comparing it to the Cessna 210, the Bonanza 36, and the Cessna 172. There's some good; there's some bad.

    As with...
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    Darn. I thought Bill was going to ask, "How can...

    Darn. I thought Bill was going to ask, "How can you tell how old a pilot is?" To which I would have answered, "Cut him in half and count the wings....."

    Thank you, thank you, don't forget to tip...
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    Hundreds, if not thousands. Every homebuilt in...

    Hundreds, if not thousands.

    Every homebuilt in the registry is a unique airplane; the builder is allowed to name it whatever they wish. This tends to stymie attempts to automatically count...
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    Thanks, that helped me chase down the difference....

    Thanks, that helped me chase down the difference. Thought my filter-fu was messed up. :-)

    Assuming you used this site...

    https://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/AcftRef_Inquiry.aspx

    ... it...
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    What are you using for search terms? I'm getting...

    What are you using for search terms? I'm getting fewer, and would like to see what I'm missing.

    Ron Wanttaja
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    Older friend got taken this way... gave them her...

    Older friend got taken this way... gave them her credit card number and remote access to her PC. But she doesn't use her PC for anything but email/web access and her writing. She's a fairly...
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