Lazair Electric, Amphibious and Soars Dale Kramer angelica14709
First flight of a Amphibious, Battery powered ultra light aircraft
Photos of Lazair with Recip engines at http://angelica14709.com/v-web/gallery/album121
One of Dale's posts on rcgroups. As a first report I will summarize what I think I achieved by going to Oshkosh with the worlds first electric seaplane.
First, I know that I have inspired a lot of people as I think that I have shown an electric aircraft is practical now, with today's technology.
In flying a total of 10 flights, totaling 4.5 hours in the air at Oshkosh, I believe that I flew over ten times longer than any other electric aircraft at Oshkosh this year.
Even though I never flew in front of the main crowds, I was still swamped after my flights by the relatively few people that made their way down to the ultralight runway early in the morning or just before dark when I had my time to fly in the ultralight area.
Each of my 1/2 hr flights was in the same time-slot as the powered parachutes. I chose these slots because the powered parachutes had a tight flyby circuit. Had I flown in the regular ultralight slot, I would not have been seen but once every ten minutes due to the size of the circuit they were required to fly. As it was, I was able to fly down the ultralight runway every 2 minutes or so at between 100 and 300 feet high. I really must say thanks again to the parachute guys for letting me join them.
In each of my 1/2 hr flights I was able to show both gliding and single engine performance of the amphib Lazair by flying down the ultralight runway with the motors on 'idle' (read that as 'off'), then with one engine off and the other at full power and vice versa for another pass.
Carmen and I spent most of each day sitting at the airplane answering questions and we enjoyed every minute of it. Untold numbers of Lazair owners came by and swapped their stories with us.
Secondly I believe that there will be a number of people that will take action and build that electric aircraft project they have had in their minds eye. In fact, I have come up with a new t-shirt motto that I think is appropriate for myself and all those who choose to follow in my footsteps --- We dream it.... then we do it!
And lastly I believe that the publicity of my Oshkosh flying will keep inspiring future dreamers to join the club.
P.S. The video referenced in Post #298 above is now 3rd on the list of the Top Ten Airventure Videos of this year, just behind George Lucas's Red Tails Trailer and ahead of Bob Hoover-Rockstar .... WOW
SG-38 glider at Ekeby, Eskilstuna, Sweden
Me enjoying my third high altitude flight with the vintage SG-38 glider at Eskilstuna soaring club during the youth-camp of 2009. A modified old car towed the plane with a 600 m long rope to an altitude of about 200 m. After that; pure flying, as real as it gets. My best flying experience by far!
Flying the TYRO recreational (ultralight) aircraft
Wing mounted camera views of the Australian designed home built TYRO recreational (ultralight) aircraft. Recorded with a HD camera featuring a 170 degree wide angle lens for spectacular views of the pilot, aircraft and scenery.
The first airborne test flights of the FlyNano electric proto.
Date and time: June 11, 2012 at 20:09
Location: Lake Hepari, Kirkkonummi Finland/ 60.24568, 24.39839
Pilot: Pekka Kauppinen
Electric powertrain by Grejo Oy and Palonen LABS
Flight testing Loehle P-40 Warhawk WWII 3/4 scale replica aircraft
We recently acquired a Loehle experimental replica of a WWII Curtiss P-40 Warhawk Fighter 3/4 scale airplane. Our bird is detailed in Army Air Force colors and does not have the "shark Teeth" markings. Yesterday was my first flight in the bird. What a blast! Flies great - stable and responsive - agile but not twitchy. This is going to be a fun plane to fly and has short field take-off and landing capability so is just right for Biggles Field. Will require attention to "spot" landing skills to avoid the fence at one end and the orchard at the other. What's life without challenges! The builder Bill Sjoberg did a quality construction project and built and flew the sweet flying bird. It's not a 300mph+ fast aerobatic bullet, but who cares. It's a joy to escape to that dream reality and adrenaline rush that the freedom of three dimensional motion and mobility of flying brings. "To fly like an eagle" is not a fantasy.
Cricri airplane in flight HD
Known to be the smallest twin-engine airplane in the world (4.90m wingspan, 72kg empty weight, 2x15HP), it still has a 190km/h cruise speed and is capable of executing all the basic positive aerobatic maneuvers. Formation flight and air-to-air shots with an Avid Hauler homebuilt. Now in HD!
Airbike First Flight
I found this old video on my computer. It's the first flight in my Airbike after building it in my basement.
I had finished up the paperwork with the FAA earlier that week and received my tailwheel endorsement that afternoon. The weather was perfect and there was nothing left to do but go fly. The monthly EAA chapter meeting happened to be that night, so I ended up with a few extra helpers and a bit of a crowd.
The flight went well, even though my nerves were tested a bit.The guy pulling the starter rope is Wally. He was my SEL power instructor in C-150s. The man shaking my hand at the end is Laird, who was one of the two glider instructors that first taught me to fly.
Except for my first solo in a glider, few have been as memorable as this first flight in an airplane I built myself. It was an excellent day all around.
A few folks have asked why its called an Airbike. It has nothing to do with bicycles, exercise machines or anime vehicles. It simply because your feet are on the outside similar to a motorcycle. The seat is also narrow like a motorcycle. The company that sold the kits picked the name almost 20 years ago. That's all there is to it. Sorry if you were expecting something else.
Cri Cri - World's Smallest Twin Engine Aircraft
The Colomban Cri-Cri ('cricket') is the smallest twin-engined manned aircraft in the world, designed in the early 1970s by French aeronautical engineer Michel Colomban. At only 4.9 m (16.1 ft) wingspan and 3.9 m (12.8 ft) length, it is a single-seater.
There are approximately 30 Cri-cri aircraft in airworthy condition in the U.S. and over 100 around the world as of 2003.
This clip is from our official Classic Fighters 2005 DVD.
STRATON D8 „Moby Dick" Take off and landing
The Straton D8 „Moby Dick" motorised ultralight sailplane with excellent STOL capability -- take off from 40m long runway by full (200 kg) load.
Wing span 13 m
Lenght 7,1 m
Height 2,1 m
Wing area 14 m2
Empty weight 180 kg
MTOW 386 kg
Power unit Rotax 503
VNE 132 km/h
Stall speed 55 km/h
More information: Imrich Varga
This is my homebuilt Ultralight plane that I've been working on for two years, It's got 8.2hp, weighs around 70kg and it's got a 5.5M wing span and this is its progress so far...
Full Video! World's Fastest Electric Airplane Flight and Deadstick Landing!
On July 19, 2012 test pilot Chip Yates conducted the second flight of the Flight of the Century all electric Long-EZ (aka Long-ESA) in the skies over Inyokern Airport California. Yates earned his private pilots license in just two months, the same two months that he and fabrication guru Chris Parker (CPR Fabrication) designed and built the world's most powerful electric airplane. Yates had just 58 flight hours logged at the time of the record breaking 202.6 MPH flight, and was confronted with a complete loss of power following the run, and his first deadstick landing, barely making it to the runway! There is motor noise from the prop windmilling but no forward drive, which necessitated a forced landing! More info at www.FLIGHTOFTHECENTURY.com
PC-Aero's New Solar One Electric Cruiser
PC-Aero has come out with its second solar-powered airplane, the Electra Solar One. PC-Aero's Calin Gologan gave AVweb a briefing on it at the Aero Friedrichshafen show in Germany.