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    According to LazairInfo.com...

    According to LazairInfo.com, the Lazair I has a max takeoff weight of 400 lbs, but they give the load limits of +4/-2 at 310 lbs. That works out to load limits of +3.1/-1.55, which is comparable to...
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    Modern paramotor engines (20-30HP and under 30#)...

    Modern paramotor engines (20-30HP and under 30#) would be a good place to start.

    Useful load or gross weight could be limited by any one of a number of factors. If the limit is structural,...
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    Hang gliders and paragliders, both powered and...

    Hang gliders and paragliders, both powered and unpowered, are ultralights. Unlike most fixed wing ultralights they're actually part 103 compliant. Paragliders didn't even exist when part 103 was...
  4. Thread: Any Batttery Best

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    I had good results with Odyssey batteries in my...

    I had good results with Odyssey batteries in my Starduster and now my Hatz. Does Odyssey make TSO'd batteries? If you need 24V you can use two 12V batteries in series, if it's TSO'd in that...
  5. Thread: Pilot Dating

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    Tang was developed by General Foods before the...

    Tang was developed by General Foods before the space program even started. That (and Teflon and Velcro, which NASA didn't invent either) aren't what I'm talking about. And what does the cost of...
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    Pure research always pays off. Maybe not right...

    Pure research always pays off. Maybe not right away, often not in the manner expected, but in some way. In this case we're developing the supporting technologies. Of course we're doing it with all...
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    If you haven't read it then don't dismiss it. ...

    If you haven't read it then don't dismiss it. Stine's book is not fiction, it's a report on the possibilities in space. Unlimited solar energy, natural resources aka raw materials (one small...
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    Funny, everybody talks about this problem, but I...

    Funny, everybody talks about this problem, but I have never experienced it. Local hardware store, auto parts store, lumberyard, "What's it for?" "It's for my airplane." Oh, cool!"

    When I was...
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    Read Harry Stine's The Third Industrial...

    Read Harry Stine's The Third Industrial Revolution, then you will no longer question why we should, no, need to be in space. It's a bit dated (written 1979), but we haven't progressed that far in...
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    In class G it's 1 mile viz and cost of clouds. ...

    In class G it's 1 mile viz and cost of clouds. As low as they look they're almost certainly in G.
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    I kept one of those guys going for a while as he...

    I kept one of those guys going for a while as he instructed me to do things to my computer that I of course didn't do. He finally got wise when I said, "What did you have me do? There's SMOKE...
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    Tony, you got scammed. nationalaviationcenter.us...

    Tony, you got scammed. nationalaviationcenter.us is not the FAA. Call your credit card company, stop the charge if possible, and renew your registration with the "real" FAA for $5.00.

    Scammers ...
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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)...
  18. 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.
  21. 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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