View Full Version : Homebuilt aircraft show

George Jung
08-26-2010, 10:48 PM
First, a disclaimer. No pictures (argh!) but ... I have an excellent excuse. I was escorting my nearly blind 91 yo mother (she hates to miss anything!) and my hands were full...

The EAA had a flyin at Mitchell, SD a week or so ago - on their way to Osh Kosh. Around 70 homebuilt aircraft. I've seen a few around, but never this many/variety/ access before. Several out of Florida - I believe they were SX 600's? metal/riveted. Most were being flown by ex AF jocks, interestingly enough. The planes I drooled over - the Lancair twin passengers. Beautiful; cruise around 240. There was a four passenger, turboprop version - cruised a bit over 300, retractable gear. A few longEZ, one Cozy.

Nice hobby. Do you suppose stripbuilt kayaks is sufficient prep for such a new project?

08-27-2010, 02:18 AM
yup....stretch fabric is about like fiberglassing.

08-27-2010, 02:27 AM
My brother use to have a company in Ramona , Ca. that built 2 seater kits ( Hornet ) that he may be getting back into .

08-27-2010, 05:59 AM
Worth a shot George- but then again if your kayak develops a problem you don't plummet to your death :d. Let us know what happens. JayInOz

08-27-2010, 08:24 AM
Friend Mitchie and I would dogfight on Sunday afternoons in a couple of old Tiger Moths....75 feet of 1 foot wide crepe paper on the tail skid....to shoot the other guy down you had to get close enough to trim off the paper with your prop.

Captain Blight
08-27-2010, 12:41 PM
I've kind of got a jones to build a Volmer VJ-22 Sportsman. That would be fantastic.

George Jung
08-27-2010, 12:46 PM
Nicely expressed sentiments, you smooth-tongued devil..... (that may be a compliment, but.... who can be sure?)

I read, some time ago, that they were considering requiring folks who had managed to complete construction of a plane, to have 'check out and certification' from someone who was competent in that plane. Seems yahoos comfortable in their Cessna 172 would crawl into a Lancair, comparable to crawling from a Bug into a Ferrari, and promptly kill themselves. A bit higher landing speeds, everything happens quickly.

I'm not riding with Chuck, I don't care how much beer ya give me..... okay, the gun helps....

08-27-2010, 01:56 PM
Although my "phun" airplanes were pretty damn fast and maneuverable.....my gazillion hours of experience is in slow, very short landing and take0ff aircraft that can wiggle thru holes in the mountains.

George Jung
08-27-2010, 05:20 PM
How's that book coming, Chuck?

Lots of pikturs, I hope.