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Old 06-14-2013, 12:13 PM
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^^ Man that thing looks like you'd be afraid of rubbing the belly of the plane when you come in for a landing.
No need for steps to get out of it, that is for sure.
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Old 06-14-2013, 12:42 PM
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With that twin turbo you should be well above 600HP

A small and a large one, or identical turbos? They look identical...

Nicely done btw, with that little room to put it...
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Old 06-14-2013, 01:40 PM
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I flew from age 14 to 18. Lots of fun and challenges. Got to expensive renting and I had school expenses. So I hung it up. I still bang around on the simulator from time to time. My dad had 10,000+ private pilot hours on everything from Twin Bonanzas/Excalibur and a Jet Commander 1121. That jet was so Goldfinger cool back in the day.



Stock photo. Not his.
Would love to fly a jet someday. I have been able to get a ton of endorsements in different type and make aircraft. Which is what makes flying fun. I agree that renting can be a little costly but ownership is anything but costly. I just can't see buying a car for 100k when I could do 200knots at that price with 8 people anywhere in the country. Can't do that in a car. I'll surely own many more planes before I get any nice cars.

Right now I have the piper only to advance my license and become an IFR pilot.

East you should look into fractional ownership. It's a lot cheaper.

I would give up my MasterCraft long before I could give up flying. That's the truth.

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Old 06-14-2013, 01:54 PM
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Is there really no suspension for a hard landing, or does it have bags or height adjust from the hydros?
There is "suspension" on the rear landing gear. In this plane you can see the gear is attached at the wing which is strange and gives it that lowered look. I put suspension in quotes because it's not like you would think. Lets just say it's more of a limiter of stress. The front wheel uses a pogo type suspension as well. Again, it's really just for added comfort as almost any harder landing will push them to the limit possibly causing damage or further distress and deterioration. A smooth landing is preferred in all aircraft. Both planes I have owned only had some sort of suspension on the front wheels. It's still landing an 1800# aircraft without any suspension as the back wheels hit first and I can make it so smooth you will still think your flying. (On a good day) so suspension isn't necessary on any aircraft. It just adds to the margin of error. If that makes any sense.

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Old 06-14-2013, 02:15 PM
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They are. I'm first on the list at my dealer. Should have it in Nov.
So uhh.... I'm gonna come take a ride in it! Haha

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Old 06-14-2013, 02:18 PM
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It's still landing an 1800# aircraft without any suspension as the back wheels hit first and I can make it so smooth you will still think your flying. (On a good day) so suspension isn't necessary on any aircraft. It just adds to the margin of error. If that makes any sense.
Yeah, but it's more fun to bounce down the runway, isn't it? Especially in a crosswind.

I used to have a 172 years ago, but eventually got bored with it and decided to spend my money on other things -- like boats. (The 172 was cool, but there was no Pussy Galore.) When my skiing days end, I may take it up again. The next plane I own will have to go at least 150 kts. So, either a Mooney or experimental... or if I hit the Powerball, a Bonanza, KingAir or Cirrus.
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Old 06-14-2013, 02:22 PM
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It does make sense and when I searched for more images of that aircraft they don't look quite as low--must be the shadows in that pic. Just looked like if there was much upward wheel travel on a landing the belly would hit the ground. Thought maybe it had height adjust for loading and unloading like a coach bus but I get it now. I've built a few vehicles with "highly progressive" rate springs and/or jounce stops as "suspension". i.e. if you need it to move a bit it will just to save your backbone or equipment.

Thanks for the explanation.
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Old 06-14-2013, 02:23 PM
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Yeah, but it's more fun to bounce down the runway, isn't it? Especially in a crosswind.

Oh it's fun alright. Bounce right over and off the runway. I've had a few embarrassing go arounds. No one ever hounds you for it. They always say you did the right thing.

There has got to be some old navy pilots or something that have some cool photos
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Old 06-17-2013, 07:46 AM
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What is the motor rated at with those nice turbos?
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With that twin turbo you should be well above 600HP

A small and a large one, or identical turbos? They look identical...

Nicely done btw, with that little room to put it...
I'm not leaning on it that hard right now, only about 6psi of boost. But that's still good for about 600hp at the wheels. That translated to a little over 670hp at the flywheel. I may turn it up more if I get bored.

The turbos are part of an APS kit. They are both identical GT3076R ball bearing water cooled turbos, good for ~1000hp in case I decide to put a built engine under them. There is zero lag with 6.2L of engine pushing them. Remember that a completely stock LS3 Corvette can already smoke the tires. The turbos just make it easy to keep on smoking them almost as long as you want to. Careful throttle control is key.
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:01 AM
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