Monthly Archive: October 2013

Oct 31 2013

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Oct 28 2013

Welding Torch Tip Selection Chart

A welding torch tip selection chart for oxyacetylene welding of aircraft structures. Taken from “Aircraft Welding – Navy Training Courses – 1950 Edition”, article titled Introduction to Oxyacetylene Welding.

Includes tip size in inches, tip drill size, Smith tip number, Victor tip number, Airco tip number, and approximate thickness of steel sheet or plate.

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Oct 27 2013

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Oct 22 2013

The DoubleEnder Project

20131022-073440.jpgDesigned as a quantum leap forward in safety and performance, the DoubleEnder is a bush plane like no other. Aerodynamically, it uses many of the standard tricks we’ve known about for decades, but it’s the focus on safety that really starts to morph what we’re familiar with into the DoubleEnder.

The use to twin Rotax 914 engines gives 260hp of get up and go. It also allows the DoubleEnder to operate on a one engine in the event of a failure. The engine’s centerline, push-pull configuration alleviates many of the issues faced by traditional twins. Hoisting the forward engine high above the pilot allows for almost unlimited forward visibility, something nearly unheard of in a traditional bush plane. Looks like a hell of a lot of fun to me!

I apologize if this is starting to sound like a commercial. The airplane is somewhat of an ugly duckling, in my opinion, but the concepts are pretty exciting. I’d love a chance to fly one.

Check out The DoubleEnder Project website for more details.

Mega hat tip to Shine Aviation for the lead on this one. Dylan shared the link on Shine’s Facebook page first. Even if you’re not currently a customer, I highly recommend following Shine Aviation on Facebook. He regularly posts a lot of interesting content.

Oct 21 2013

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Oct 20 2013

Q1 Moving Day

20131020-195747.jpg***UPDATE 4/3/15 -The Quickie project is SOLD!!!***

My brother was nice enough to help me move the Q1 project from storage out to the “airplane shed” this afternoon. I’m still not sure what I’m going to do with this airplane. I bounce back and forth between keep it and sell it on an almost daily basis. It’s a really cool airplane, but it’s not high on my list of “wants”. I might just continue to store it until I get around to finishing it.

Oct 20 2013

Howard Henderson’s Pietenpol Aircamper

But it’s so much more than that. This is a really fantastic video that not only highlights a wonderful airplane, but also reminds us of the fascination the world held for flight in the twenties and thirties. So many dreamed with their eyes turned to the sky, their fantasies of flight becoming more real by the day. As men crafted machines of wood and steel, pioneering a movement of tinkerers and quiet craftsmen. Toiling away in basements, barns, and garages, they transformed the materials at hand into airplanes; and turned their dreams into reality.

Oct 14 2013

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Oct 11 2013

Executive Flyers Aviation

N911TJExecutive Flyers Aviation
Instructors: Michael Goulian, Matt Crane, Chris Porter
Locations: Laurence G Hanscom Field Airport, Bedford, MA (KBED)
Lawrence Municipal Airport, Lawrence, MA (KLWM)
Telephone: (781) 274-7227
Email: Click Here to Send a Message
Website: www.executiveflyers.com

Aircraft: KBED: Super Decathlon, Cessna 172, Cirrus SR20, Cessna 182, Piper Arrow, Beechcraft Duchess, Piper Malibu Meridian.
KLWM: Extra 300L, Cessna 172

Rental Rates: Super Decathlon $225/hr, Extra 300 $375/hr, Cessna 172 $135-155/hr, Cirrus SR20 $275/hr, Cessna 182 $200/hr, Piper Arrow $160/hr, Beechcraft Duchess $265/hr, Piper Malibu Meridian $Inquire

Instruction Rates: $60/hr Normal Instruction, $80/hr Aerobatics, $105/hr Cirrus ($300/half day), $350/half day Malibu

Solo Rentals Available: Yes

Additional Information: Executive Flyers Aviation leads New England in providing exceptional flight training and piston aircraft management services. We operate a diverse fleet of Cessna, Cirrus, aerobatic, and other aircraft while our flight educators enjoy tremendous industry recognition for instruction, safety, and customer service.

Oct 10 2013

Inspiration :: The Ray Hill Hatz

20131010-064850.jpgI follow the Antique Airplane Association on Facebook, and they recently posted the photo on the right. It is of a Hatz CB-1 built by Ray and Dorothy Hill, finished in the early 1980’s. Ray sold the airplane to Jeff Cain in 1995, who still owns the airplane. N8032Y has just been restored by Ron Sieck, a close friend of Ray’s before Ray passed away in 2007. Ron also built the award-winning Hatz Classic N230RS, with Ray’s technical support.

The finish Ron has applied to Ray’s airplane is truly beautiful. Classic, clean, and not one bit over the top. I think I might just try to recreate something similar on my Baby Ace when it’s ready. I think it will be a great match for the design.

Follow the AAA / Antique Airfield on Facebook

Oct 07 2013

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