Open Source Aircraft

Discussion in 'Flight Following' started by Tarheel Pilot, Jul 30, 2013.

  1. Tarheel Pilot

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    who cares if it's real? the more important points of the article are:

    1. lots of people build their own airplanes from kits and fly them
    2. some airplanes cost less than most cars
    3. implied: many pilots and aircraft owners are not google executives, they are your friends and neighbors
     
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    Well that's true, it is good publicity for experimental aircrafts and general aviation.
     
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    Not gonna happen for 15K$, triple that budget and get to work!
     
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    to be fair I did test fly an aeronca-like homebuilt a few years ago that the owner claimed to have built for ~$14K in material. He fabricated everything himself and used a corvair engine. You can build something for nothing if you don't count your time, and if it's entertainment to build it then that cost is real.

    Similarly, a couple of teenagers i know who bought a partially-built piet for a couple thousand and are finishing it. I also steered them toward corvair power. They should also come in under $15k. I have some fabric I've been saving to donate to their cause.
     
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    You can save money by scratch building from a set of plans, but not all of us are that mechanically inclined. I can do a kit (plan on doing a kit), but building an aircraft from scratch, not my forte.
     
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    I say good for them, and any positive interest in aviation is a good thing. But -- I'm skeptical of their price point for anything more than a 2-cycle engine on an ultralight. It's not like expensive "closed-source" plans are the cost-driving problem with GA being too expensive.
     
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    Actually $15k sounds achievable for the cost of materials, if you compare with, say, LongEZ or other plans-built airplanes. The probem is how many work hours would it take? They'd be lucky to have a 3000 hour build, I meat it is plans composite after all.
     
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    I wonder. If they can find a way to do a lot of 3d printed stuff and make the assembly easier, they might just find a way to cut down the man hours.

    Ryan
     
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    It will save the aviation world, just like Java saved the programming world:goofy:
    I do applaud their gumption.