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    Davis DA-11

    I've been looking for an article on the Davis DA-11 "Mower Power to the People". I found the DA-9 article in the August 1996 issue, so I believe the DA-11 article would have been after that. I thought the DA-11 was on the cover. Now I'm thinking it was one of the Experimenter magazines when that was printed as a separate publication. Anyone have this, and could scan or photo it for me?

    Along that line - will EAA be scanning the older printed Experimenters as part of the searchable online archive?
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    Just did a quick google search for it and the one page article popped up at AirplaneZone.com. Hope that helps.
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    There was just the one page only in Sport Aviation. Contact magazine did a full article, and I think it was reprinted in the alternative engine book series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airmutt View Post
    Just did a quick google search for it and the one page article popped up at AirplaneZone.com. Hope that helps.
    Got it. Thanks!
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    I would love to find plans for the DA-11, but my research suggests plans were never sold. What similar all-metal, high speed (90+ kt), low operating cost single seaters would be comparable to the DA-11?
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    Quote Originally Posted by thisadviceisworthles View Post
    I would love to find plans for the DA-11, but my research suggests plans were never sold. What similar all-metal, high speed (90+ kt), low operating cost single seaters would be comparable to the DA-11?
    Spacek SD-1
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    Quote Originally Posted by thisadviceisworthles View Post
    I would love to find plans for the DA-11, but my research suggests plans were never sold. What similar all-metal, high speed (90+ kt), low operating cost single seaters would be comparable to the DA-11?
    The DA-5A. Plans were not available for quite a while, but are now available again see davisda2.com. I have a set. Some of the pages show 100% size parts, but the duplication process makes them slightly off, so would need to check dimensions and rescale the copies. The brake attachment at the landing gear isn't defined, but I asked on the forum on that site, and they provided the equivalent drawing from the DA-2A.

    If you read the article that I was asking about, there's a significant issue - Davis couldn't kit it way back then because no lawnmower company wants their engines used in airplanes. Also check max pilot weight - might be lower than you need.

    The DA-5A can handle a pilot up to about 205 lb.

    Another option with lots of current builders, completed / project airplanes for sale, and an ongoing source of parts & support is the Onex by Sonex.
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