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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-27-2007, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
 
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This will replace my motorcycle!

I have always wanted to fly. Vator man's Dive thread got me back on to my dream hobby. The easy route is an ultralight but I am not satisfied with that, it has to be one of these:

http://www.austinairplane.com/produc...ll/prod011.htm

http://www.austinairplane.com/products/d6-75/prod04.htm

http://www.plansdelivery.com/spitfireN.htm

http://www.loehle.com/Aircraft_Kits.htm
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-27-2007, 08:56 AM
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I really like the Bi & Tri planes... what does something like that cost... and are you putting the plane together yourself?
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Extremely cool.
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The kits go from $11,000 and usually take 400 hours for a competent mechanic to complete. You can buy them assembled depending on the kit and lobaor anywhere from $34,000-$50,000.

The Triplane kit I want is $12,000 I think and then engine upgrades should have me in at $20,000. I can build it myself (my dad and brother are professional mechanics, my brother being an ex F18 mechanic and crew chief) and being an ultra light you do not have to have alot of the FAA liscense and insurance red tape. Just some basic ground school and basic certification.

I want to be the Red Baron, but could see myself as Eddie Richenbacker in a SPAD 13 or Georges Guynemeyer in a Neiuport. The cool thing to me about these kits are they are 3/4 or full scale with the same reletive performance of the real WW1 planes but with much better build quality and durability. They take off in about 200 ft, land in 300, have similar stall and top speed as the originals and have a 14000 ft ceiling of operation.

It seems a viable economical alternative to a Ducati 1098S or Blinged out ZX14...
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They almost look like you could park and take off from the garage if the street was clear... those are too cool.... maybe one day if I grow up I'll get one...
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That thing would be PIMP! Not sure about replacing the bike but ride the bike to the hanger and go for a fly!!




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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-27-2007, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
 
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Neat thing is you could really store it at home and ride it out of your pasture. I would have to store it at an airport though for simplicity. There are more than a plenty of small strips around and it is kinda like having your boat in a dock slip, when you get ready to go you just hop in and go.

Being able to land on a rough field in just around 300 ft gives you lots of options if you get into real trouble. You would have a 'chute but with a stall speed between 20-30 mph you could glide and put down safely almost anywhere...
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talk about a cool hobby,

def. get the Fokker kit.
the jokes would be endless.

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Man I would love to learn how to fly and get the mustang in the link you had.
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Man I would love to learn how to fly and get the mustang in the link you had.
Ditto! I swear, I wish I would of chosen the Navy like 10 yrs sooner!!
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Man I would love to learn how to fly and get the mustang in the link you had.

Taking off and flying is the easy part. Landing is the tricky part. Navigation these days is a snap with GPS although with these planes you only have about a 300 mile range if you milk it right so you have to stop for directions!!
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