Raptor Aircraft

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  1. Racerx

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    Bought the leaf vac last year. I've got 3 acres that I mow that will be covered with leaves from hickory, maple, and oaks. My problem is I've got the zero turn and the leaf vac doesn't work well. Just now then into separate piles and tow the vac with the UTV. One of my better purchases of 2020
     
  2. nauga

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    ...yet neither has been able to sustain production.

    Nauga,
    whose little piggie went to market
     
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  3. kyleb

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    With the speed and fuel burn the airplane is supposed to have, 460 pounds of fuel is a LOT. At 10 GPH, you're looking at almost 8 hours of endurance. No sane person wants to sit in a normal side by side 2 place cockpit for that long. So, offload 200 pounds of fuel and you can put 500 pounds of people and stuff in it. That's probably good for 90% of situations.
     
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    Most amazing thread drift ever! :D
     
  5. kyleb

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    Just wait!
     
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  6. Spring Ford

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    There is always room for a my tree is bigger than your tree and I can suck more than you too debate.
     
  7. SoonerAviator

    SoonerAviator Final Approach

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    It's not the size that counts, it's how you use it.
     
  8. Omalley1537

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    True, but like Jeff Foxworthy says, it takes a long time to get to Europe in a rowboat...
     
  9. flightwriter

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    Does this mean I have to make a canoe out of one of my trees? :dunno:
     
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  11. flightwriter

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    ...And, he's back, and there was some excitement.

    After around 10 minutes in the air, Peter urgently advised the tower he wanted to return to the field and land opposite traffic on 17. ("I'm not declaring an emergency yet but may do so in the next 30 seconds.") Tower cleared him to land on 17, but he then incredulously said he might bring it around to enter right base for 35... prompting me to yell, "LAND THE ******NED PLANE!" at my computer...

    He then changed his mind again and stuck with landing on 17, and fortunately it sounds like he made it down without further incident. FWIW, he sounded pretty frantic - more so than during the previous emergency - but IMHO he deserves some kudos for making the choice to get it on the ground when he did.
     
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    I keep hoping somebody close to that man will intervene before something really bad happens.
     
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    I get the impression he's alienated everyone
     
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  14. SoonerAviator

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    Like someone with a wayward aircraft tug that could "accidentally" demolish the thing? Lol.
     
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  15. 231TC

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    Yep. I listened, too. He sounded like he was pumped full of adrenaline and not thinking very clearly.

    All in the first few minutes: https://archive.liveatc.net/kvld/KVLD-Apr-16-2021-1400Z.mp3
     
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    He is definitely underscoring the general fear pilots have for declaring an emergency.
     
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    Is there a point, should the number of declared and undeclared emergencies continue to rise, where the airport authority can intervene? Perhaps tells him the tower will no longer issue a taxi clearance for that aircraft?

    I doubt that question comes up very often, and I haven't the foggiest idea of how or if that might play out.
     
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    He might also be concerned that the FAA might come and have a closer look at his project. I guess that there is a limit of how far they let one go with 'experimenting'. They probably still want to see certain engineering practices and some degree of reasoning to be applied.
     
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    Thats not the worst idea I've ever heard!
     
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    I've been wondering that for a while. After seeing his "fixes" on Youtube repeatedly, you have to begin to question the airworthiness of his project and the risk both to him and the general public. How long before the FSDO or DAR pulls his authorization? I cringed on his first flight as he skimmed around the airport low level over a busy highway trying to get back to the airport looking like a cowboy on a bucking bronco.
     
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    I wonder if he'll stretch this one out into another three video series.
     
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    Yeah, if you feel the need to say, "I may declare an emergency in the next 30 seconds," it's probably already time to declare one. Not like it costs anything, and only helps.

    He was definitely rattled and indecisive so I'll give him some benefit of the doubt. But it's also a good demonstration of the fact that he is not a test pilot. A test pilot would have had a plan and followed it rather than trying to make a tough decision in the middle of the emergency and changing his mind two or three times.
     
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    Kudos for making the only rational choice? He showed more of his seriously defective decision making by first requesting 17, then accepting 35, and finally realizing the obvious, landing on 17.

    When you're going to declare an emergency in the "next 30 seconds", it's not the time to try to save face.
     
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    Just a little musing here. I have no idea what precipitated the emergency. One could possibly be forgiven for thinking it might have been another engine problem. If it was....

    I have no problem with trying to do an automotive conversion, honestly. It's an experimental design; he's experimenting. Maybe he'll find that there is no good solution, maybe he'll find a good solution. There are some successful auto conversions out there, after all. Maybe they're not common, but they do exist.

    That said... personally, if I'm sourcing used auto engines for an airplane, the auto engine would be the starting point. Find a suitable engine, tear it down, inspect it, do whatever modifications might be needed, re-assemble, test run, and fly. But those two steps -- tear it down and inspect it -- really shouldn't be skipped. No matter how low the mileage or how benign you might think the reasons may be for an engine to be pulled from a car, you really are buying a complete unknown. How do you tell the difference between an engine that's in perfect internal condition, and one that has suffered hidden damage in a collision (or whatever) and is about to shred itself? Without a teardown and inspection, you really can't. I wouldn't even put a salvage yard engine in a car without a teardown and inspection, to be honest.
     
  25. pilotrick

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    I tried to help him but instead he ****s in my cereal!
     
  26. flightwriter

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    "Some" kudos, in that it was the best decision he's made in quite some time... and even then, as we've both noted, he almost f****d it up (but didn't.)
     
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    Pretty much summarizes the entire flight test portion of the Raptor, lol.
     
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    I think that referring to any of the past flights as "flight test" is being very generous.
     
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    From YT comments on the high speed taxi video. He sounds a little testy.

    "Just so you guys all don't wet your pants... I had a low oil light that was because I had slightly less oil in the sump than what is required. I followed my procedure to reduce throttle, flatten the prop and then restore throttle. The low oil light went off and everything else was normal. Tower asked me to continue the left base approach to 17 so I went ahead and did so. You guys never learn about speculating. It just amazes me."

    This just amazes me, too, though likely for profoundly different reasons than his.
     
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    Why on earth do you begin a flight with less than required oil in the first place?
     
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    I could only speculate...
     
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    thats great, he followed his procedure, but the first thing on his procedure for any oil related issue should be land ASAP!
     
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    Actually, his first checklist item should be to remove his head from his posterior, but it’s clear that’s not happening any time soon.
     
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    Sounds like you'd have a clue what to look at in a used engine. I doubt peter has that knowledge. He had an engine failure. I'm replacing every line and thoroughly flushing every cooler. Not to mention finding the cause of the original failure. Peter did none of that. Instead just plugged the lines with paper towels and said "i'm good with that"
     
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    I'm going to speculate he didn't, but just saying he did cuz that sounds better?
     
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    Or the comment a few videos ago on the turbos needing proper sizing. Response "not going to happen on this bird so may as well stop asking". At this point it's more like begging.
     
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    Amazing! That's like saying I had slightly less fuel than required! No wonder he is the most hated airplane builder.
     
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    It’s just not funny anymore. Actually it was never funny.
     
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    Actually, less oil means it goes through the cooler more often and will cool it better solving his heat problems........
     
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