Raptor Aircraft

Discussion in 'Flight Following' started by Unit74, Nov 6, 2015.

  1. Salty

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    I still find it amazing that since his move, he seems to be totally alone. Nobody spotting for him while he's testing the engine. Ghost town.
     
  2. Salty

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    What a shock. Use Delrin in hotter temps than it's rated for and it doesn't work. He's brilliant.
     
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    Tantalum Final Approach

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    Amazing but not surprising.
     
  4. Datadriver

    Datadriver Line Up and Wait

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    Quick summary of the this latest and most of the Raptor videos: my hacked up auto conversion doesn't work.
     
  5. painless

    painless Pre-takeoff checklist

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    Engineering around a damaged prop shaft? Really???
     
  6. Mtns2Skies

    Mtns2Skies En-Route

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    Let's not go throwing that word around all willy nilly.
     
  7. FastEddieB

    FastEddieB Touchdown! Greaser!

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    Did anyone else notice he's seeming just a tad dejected? I sure would be at this point.

    As an aside, I thought the sign over his right shoulder looked awfully familiar:

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    Looking up an old business card, I see its just similar in concept to a design I came up with over 40 years ago:

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    It is a tad different, but similarly themed. Bear in mind I came up with my logo pre-home computers using poster board and a Citabria clipped from Jane's!
     
  8. OneCharlieTango

    OneCharlieTango Pre-takeoff checklist

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    Exec summary?
     
  9. Salty

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    I noticed his facial expressions as well.
     
  10. 3393RP

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    Another few days spent balling the dog.
     
  11. DaleB

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    "In order to not have to fix this the right way, I'm just going to block these holes off and see if I can will it to work with the power of wishful thinking alone."
     
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    Sierra_Hotel Line Up and Wait

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    Most of us would have been asking for competent help long ago. No sympathy here.
     
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    I don’t understand what this part is. Is it supposed to maintain some pressure film like a bearing (I see barely no bearing surface), or act as a hydraulic actuator, or both? Or is he hemorrhaging oil pressure internally because of this silly thing and unable to maintain pressure for the prop governor?
     
  14. kyleb

    kyleb Final Approach

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    So true. Funny too. I struggled to properly explain the situation/humor to SWMBO, when she asked why I was laughing.
     
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    I believe it feeds pressurized oil into the rotating prop shaft through holes in the shaft bored from the sides to meet up with a lengthwise passage through the shaft to the prop governor.
     
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  16. painless

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    Good point. So noted and complied with.
     
  17. donjohnston

    donjohnston Cleared for Takeoff

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    Not amazing at all.

    Would you want your name associated with this? :D
     
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    No, but there are plenty of airport rats like those on YouTube that you would expect to latch on to him.
     
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    donjohnston Cleared for Takeoff

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    I suspect that none of the YouTube fanboys are pilots (other than flight simulators). I recall hearing that there were people at the previous airport and the current one who offered help. They either gave up trying to help or were encouraged to leave.
     
  20. Rod Schneider

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    I was around him a bit when he was here at Cherokee (KCNI). Did help a little on some things, but became very apparent that I probably did not want to risk being associated with this project. He tends, at least in my observation, to be very suspicious and wary of anyone trying to help..............
     
  21. GaryM

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    I think that in picking the name 'Raptor' he chose the wrong dinosaur.

    Pachycephalosaurus would have been more appropriate. That's the hard-headed one.

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    The most hated airplane builder ****s in my cereal yet again!
     
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    Should have been titled "It's Working*"
     
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    Is there a joke in your post that I am missing or are you being serious?
     
  25. pilotrick

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    Yup it's on post #2662
     
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    I watched the video. Didn’t see the joke.
     
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    donjohnston Cleared for Takeoff

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    That's because it's not a joke. Not sure what it is, but definitely not a joke.

    So you're not missing anything.
     
  28. denverpilot

    denverpilot Tied Down PoA Supporter

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    Yes and no. He had significant engine damage as he learned. Auto engines in airplanes aren’t easy. He also had the mechanical skills to fix it.
     
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    He places an awful lot of faith in the aircraft's parking brake and ONE wheel chock on the left main (there's maybe a chunk of... something?... in front of the right main wheel?) to keep it from going anywhere as he's walking around...
     
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    I thought the same thing. Aircraft should be tied down. Airport rules probably require it.
     
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    Someone commented on that. He pointed out that people handprop planes all the time with no one at the controls. So he's good with that.

    What an idiot.
     
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    Yep...all the time.

     
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    NordicDave Pattern Altitude PoA Supporter

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    On any of the aviation forms, we never seem to hear from the deposit holders. I wonder what they’re thinking about now... Are any of them earnestly expecting kits or plans?

    Yeah, rhetorical question.
     
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    ^it's like a tier two meme.. someone asked why pilottrick was so annoyed with him, "what, did he s*** in your cereal or something" and he ran with it. It's some mild comic relief in an otherwise bleak "why-is-this-thread-still-going-on" stream of messages

    At this point there's not much left here. Any innovation or constructive critique, or unique view into the world of what it's like to build a plane are gone.. and we just sit in sheer awe of how deep someone can drift into aircraft lunacy. It's just sad at this point honestly

    There was a guy I met on a fly out back in 2016 who was a deposit holder and was raving about how great and innovative the Raptor was.. the use of an Audi engine, the big cabin, all the design elements.. dude was in hard. Rumor is that sometime in 2018 he sold his spot to someone else. I have no idea what he got and how much money he lost.. but 2016 was before Peter really sank to where he is now
     
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    Hi Dave .... a while back I was looking at the Raptor website and he said they had 1500 deposits and were not taking more until production began .... it also said that deposits were only $100 which to me is not much if it failed to go into production .... I dont know if there are any larger investor type deposits.

    On that note does anyone know how this project is funded ?? Must be a substantial amount by now.

    thanks
     
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    Thanks for getting and explaining the joke! To me this a very interesting thread. There is a bunch left however. We are working our way up to the climax. Some are expecting The Most Hated Airplane Builder to fade away into oblivion. I think it will end with a smoking hole in the ground the size of the raptor. Only time will tell but I will keep watching to see the end.
     
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    Kind of like watching a train wreck in slow motion....
     
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    At least the Raptor guy can take credit for building one and actually flying it.

    Compare that to dreamer-scams like the Moller Skycar ... 40 years and $100 million and has yet to fly.

    Latest flying car concept is the PAL-V .... many millions raised since 2012 ... they are not fraudsters ... just some very talented millennium dreamers who want a flying car (who doesn't) .... brilliant marketing keeps money flowing .... if only it would fly.

    "Next year" they say .... for 8 years now .... at this point they have road-certified a snazzy 3 wheel type motorcycle that keeps investor interest up .... as far as the flying stuff .... that will be "next year"
     
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    It flew. Sort've.

    Not only do they fly just fine, but they are one of two flying cars that you can actually buy.

    I'm not at all impressed with Mr. Raptor. He reengineered a Velocity to be slower and incorrectly installed an auto engine. I see nothing to be impressed with. Now the Dark Aero guys, they're impressive. Wish I had the coin to buy one of their kits.
     
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    I wish you could actually buy one of their kits. Still yet to fly. So their numbers are like Peter's initial numbers. Spit out by a computer....or just plain made up.