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Ultralights

Discussion in 'Members' Lounge' started by reckedracing, Oct 11, 2005.

  1. reckedracing

    reckedracing TTIWWOP VIP

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    anyone here into ultra lights and such?

    before i went away to school i was researching ultralights, particuarially the ultralight helicopters...

    they obviously take quite a bit of $$$ to build one, but i think it would be very interesting...

    anyone ever fly one?
    seen one in action?
    know anything about them?



    Ebay Experimental Helicopter Link

    here's one i found on ebay
    looks very very basic but thats the idea...

    i think in order to be unlicensed you need to have less than 5 gallons of fuel, under 500 lbs? i think and slower than 50 mph cruising speed...
    my numbers could be off but you get the idea
     
  2. Xaero3953

    Xaero3953 Senior Member

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    I've never seen such a thing, I thought you were talking about those R/C ones. That's hella cool. [​IMG]
     
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    TurboMirage YEEAAAHHH VIP

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    im sure clayton will say something once he sees this.
     
  4. Celerity

    Celerity Well-Known Member

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    My grandfather built a Gyrocopter out of his living room. He wound up having to replace all of the glass in the neighborhood from that one. That Gyro still exists in Somerset PA in a private collection. My grandfather was an ace pilot, and we're talking about the late 50s here as well.

    You don't need a licence for a Gyro. It's not necessarily an FAA oversight, they are keeping an eye on gyro pilotting. So if you go out, and don't screw up, it'll remain licence-free.

    Also, there is a speed, but it's higher than 50. Gyros can actually get you around pretty well. The Rotax is a great morot, but check out the Freedom Motors (www.moller.com) lightweight motor.

    Much like a Dune Buggy (Of which I know astoundingly well) it is cheaper to build the airframe than it is to buy one.
     
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    Battle Pope New Member

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    There are a bunch of people that fly ultralights out of the local airfield here. They look like a friggin blast.
     
  6. reckedracing

    reckedracing TTIWWOP VIP

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    explain that one...


    in the event of motor failure, whats the chances you can land the thing and live...
    from 20 feet
    lol
     
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    Xaero3953 Senior Member

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    That's when you jump and run like hell [​IMG]
     
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    I've flown one before, its pretty fun, but not worth the cost or risk involved. I much prefer driving to flying.
     
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    reckedracing TTIWWOP VIP

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    Celerity Well-Known Member

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    The sound. Loud. Pulsating. Windows gone for the neighborhood, including interior china cabinets and the such.

    An ultralight aircraft is actually very easy to land with a motor failure. They have parachutes that bring it down for you. The gryo, doesn't.

    Also, Gyros require runways. They don't hover like a helicopter. What you're looking at here with the helicopter and VTOL is an experimental helicopter, which requires licencing.
     
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    reckedracing TTIWWOP VIP

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    for FUN?!?!?

    wouldn't it not need licensing if it met all the FAA conditions?
     
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    Celerity Well-Known Member

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    FAA conditions are very specific, and I don't think that blurb that was quoted here is the full story. When it comes to experimental aircraft, or private aircraft, There is a book the size of a dictionary with VERY specific details about what is, and is not, acceptable for your licencing.
     
  13. Airjockie

    Airjockie Watanabe Whore!!!

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    I never looked into UL's, or private helo's...not worth it IMHO...but too each his own...

    Autorotation for fun...sometimes...but not advicable...

    Look up all FAR's for UL's...and it will make your head spin...and not the rotors head.... :p

    could be a fun toy for someone with money...time, and a death wish...unless you KNOW how to build one. Sure they are easy to build, easy to fly, and easy to crash....

    as far as I know...there is no provisions for a parachute for an UL helo....to many large moving parts to get tangled into....

    And have an A&P licenced mechanic inspect it before you attempt to fly anything...pay the money....and get that little extra set of eyes...
     
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    90 accord Chicks dig the box Moderator VIP

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    that's me in a little over a year :)
     
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    phunky.buddha Admin with a big stick Admin VIP

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    Hmm. What do you think the RC ones are based on?!
     
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    reckedracing TTIWWOP VIP

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    all this for only 50K

    airscooter.com
    should be released next year...

    [​IMG]
     
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