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Tchefuncte Tiger
Bat'n Rudge
Member since Oct 2004
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Pilots of the OT...
...WYFI?



I love these planes, but don't have the where-with-all to build one.


Yellerhammer5
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re: Pilots of the OT...
As a doctor, IWCI.


OysterPoBoy
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re: Pilots of the OT...
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WYFI?


I don't frick planes.


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TheDeathValley
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge, LA
Member since Sep 2010
6567 posts

re: Pilots of the OT...
Never. I'm comfortable in my flying skills, but not with my meahnical skills. I'm perfectly content in a Cessna or piper.


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RedFoxx
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Austin, TX
Member since Jan 2009
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re: Pilots of the OT...
No. Just because I know how to fly a plane doesn't mean I know how to build one.

I'll leave the manufacturing to the professionals.


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RogerTheShrubber
LSU Fan
Juneau, AK
Member since Jan 2009
133992 posts

re: Pilots of the OT...
Seems like every year several kit planes go down around here

No thanks


Tchefuncte Tiger
Bat'n Rudge
Member since Oct 2004
30012 posts

re: Pilots of the OT...
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Seems like every year several kit planes go down around here



Don't all types of planes crash in Alaska?


DirtyMikeandtheBoys
New York Yankees Fan
Member since May 2011
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re: Pilots of the OT...
good friend built an RV14. Pretty little plane, very impressive with the build.

I have ridden in it, and flown it (I did not land or take-off). I am not a pilot though.


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biggsc
Alabama Fan
America
Member since Mar 2009
18851 posts

re: Pilots of the OT...
Why the Shell Gasoline colors?


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dkreller
LSU Fan
Offshore
Member since Jan 2009
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re: Pilots of the OT...
Sill one page after an hour?

The OT is showing it’s true poor colors.


DevilDogTiger
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re: Pilots of the OT...
Pffff! The OT have people to fly them.


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AlaskanLSUfan
LSU Fan
NOLA
Member since Mar 2005
2170 posts

re: Pilots of the OT...
Personally I’m not a fan of kit planes. I’d rather fly something that has a good performance track history (Cessna’s, etc).


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Loungefly85
Louisiana Tech Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Jul 2016
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re: Pilots of the OT...
Saw a guy crash one in 2005. He was doing high speed taxis to test out the engine and decided to take off on the 3rd run.

Engine quit on him about 500 feet up and he tried the suicidal turn back to the runway. He never had a chance.

ETA: Crash Details
This post was edited on 9/28 at 3:32 pm


RogerTheShrubber
LSU Fan
Juneau, AK
Member since Jan 2009
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re: Pilots of the OT...
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Don't all types of planes crash in Alaska?


Quite often. One crashed in the water in front of me a few weeks ago and I didn't even notice it.


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Koach K
Duke Fan
Member since Nov 2016
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re: Pilots of the OT...
The Vans style of construction, structurally, is good. You can look at a copy of Bruhn on airframe design and see for yourself.


This post was edited on 9/28 at 4:22 pm


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NikeShox
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Toula Baw
Member since Sep 2016
997 posts

re: Pilots of the OT...
Please take me when you get one.


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Napoleon
New Orleans Saints Fan
Kenna
Member since Dec 2007
52183 posts

re: Pilots of the OT...
I really want a piper cherokee 6, but I'll never have the time or money.


bhtigerfan
Baton Rouge
Member since Sep 2008
13735 posts

re: Pilots of the OT...
I've flown a couple of home-builts.

If they're well built and maintained, they are safe.

I almost bought an ultra-light a couple years ago but decided to wait.

Pilot error is the cause of most crashes whether it's in a home-built or manufacturer plane anyway.


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EA6B
Navy Fan
TX
Member since Dec 2012
5425 posts

re: Pilots of the OT...
I have flown a Vans RV6, fast, responsive, once you fly one a Cessna seems like flying a dump truck. Have several friends that have built them, other than the RV12 sport plane, the kits are a 2000 hour project that can easily eat up a hundred thousand bucks if you go with a new engine and state of the art avionics. There are almost 10,000 of Van's kits built and flying, the few accidents they have had were mostly from pilot error, or engine issues. The only airframe failures I know of were determined to be a result of the pilot overloading the airframe, and that number is in the low single digits.


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EA6B
Navy Fan
TX
Member since Dec 2012
5425 posts

re: Pilots of the OT...
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Saw a guy crash one in 2005. He was doing high speed taxis to test out the engine and decided to take off on the 3rd run.


quote:

Engine quit on him about 500 feet up and he tried the suicidal turn back to the runway. He never had a chance.



This plane was not even in the same universe as Vans or any of the other kit planes with a proven reliability record. He was also really pushing the envelope with a "home" converted turbine powerplant.



"The KR-2 is a low wing two-seat airplane constructed of wood, foam and fiberglass. When manufactured in 1993, the airplane was equipped with a Volkswagen 1835 engine of approximately 70 horsepower (HP). According to a friend of the pilot, the pilot had replaced the Volkswagen engine with a Solar T62 turbine propeller engine, converted from a ground power unit (GPU). The Solar T62 was de-rated from 160HP to approximately 90HP. The propeller was a hydraulic adjustable type. The pilot also converted the airplane's landing gear from tail-wheel to a tricycle wheel configuration. The airplane's logbooks were not available for review during the course of the investigation. "


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