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by Tom Sheppard
Tue Apr 03, 2012 6:55 am
Forum: Aircraft Construction & Maintenance
Topic: Small Engines Competition.
Replies: 27
Views: 20340

Ford's new 1Litre motor is tiny and frugal. a three cylinder turbo Diesel, it develops 100HP. Derated to, say 75, I wonder what it weighs? The whole car costs less than a Rotax. But consider the noise test and gaining approval, particularly for the electronics which most people don't trust (mistaken...
by Tom Sheppard
Mon Apr 02, 2012 10:46 am
Forum: Hangar Chat
Topic: Planning Application by the Highland Gliding Club
Replies: 9
Views: 5470

Done and acknowledgement letter received.
by Tom Sheppard
Wed Mar 21, 2012 5:51 pm
Forum: Hangar Chat
Topic: ULPower’s New Six Cylinder Engines Available Now
Replies: 12
Views: 8143

I'm sure we'd all be happy with the 447 - if it were still in production!
by Tom Sheppard
Wed Feb 29, 2012 6:18 pm
Forum: Hangar Chat
Topic: Flying a permit aircraft in France
Replies: 24
Views: 15706

This means that permit aircraft with an LAA PtF and a Certificate of Validity in force can visit France for up to 28 days at a time without prior authorisation. Hooray! Well done and thanks to those souls who worked to get this arrangement on our behalf.
by Tom Sheppard
Fri Feb 10, 2012 7:54 pm
Forum: Hangar Chat
Topic: So , did Carolyn have a point ?
Replies: 17
Views: 12025

Bit like a kitcar manufacturer of VW floorpan based 'exoticars' calling himself Maranello Concessionaires really. No, of course not! It calls itself Bentley Motors and Automobiles Bugatti. As for the Supermarine Spitfire, am I the only one here that would rather fly the kitplane of the same name rat...
by Tom Sheppard
Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:14 pm
Forum: Aircraft Construction & Maintenance
Topic: Compass swing
Replies: 10
Views: 8162

Remember to remove the compass before degaussing!
by Tom Sheppard
Fri Dec 02, 2011 7:42 pm
Forum: Hangar Chat
Topic: Top Gun on 45hp
Replies: 2
Views: 1989

I love it. And it is a microlight. Want one! In matt black!
by Tom Sheppard
Sun Nov 27, 2011 8:17 pm
Forum: Hangar Chat
Topic: I might be panaoid but........
Replies: 1
Views: 1694

A Gipsy Major is a good bit bigger and heavier than a Rotax 912. The market would be rather specialised. That being said, there are vermin around who will steal or smash anything and the only way to protect yourself is to insure against loss. If you need a Gipsy Major crank, they are readily availab...
by Tom Sheppard
Mon Nov 21, 2011 8:08 pm
Forum: LAA Struts
Topic: YES Strut publishes Online Magazine
Replies: 4
Views: 4390

Top notch. Well done! A lot of work has gone into that and it is very well produced.
by Tom Sheppard
Tue Oct 11, 2011 5:09 pm
Forum: Hangar Chat
Topic: GPS Jamming suspended
Replies: 3
Views: 2023

Aah! fishermen. I remember a Russian "trawler" anchored in a NATO exercise area being asked if they needed fuel. The Aldis lamp blinked back "Not if the exercise goes as planned."
by Tom Sheppard
Sat Oct 01, 2011 8:30 am
Forum: Hangar Chat
Topic: CAA conspicuity trials
Replies: 34
Views: 17755

OK, so I now have to add another kilo of electronica to my Minimax making piloting harder work, (another gadget to monitor, learn, feed and be controlled by,) the cockpit more cramped and at £500, an accessory that costs 12.5% of the overall aeroplane. No, ta. I'll use the most basic rule of Airmans...
by Tom Sheppard
Sun Sep 18, 2011 4:43 pm
Forum: Hangar Chat
Topic: New member & questions about Pulsars
Replies: 13
Views: 8123

The information is in the public domain and we live with it. It does have its advantages. A look through the phone directory will give you the chap's number. Nobody minds talking about their aircraft to like minded folk so mention that you are in the LAA and are considering a Pulsar (I'm 5'7" and ca...
by Tom Sheppard
Mon Sep 12, 2011 4:41 pm
Forum: Aircraft Construction & Maintenance
Topic: Toe or heel brakes?
Replies: 9
Views: 6464

Toe. The ankle movement is more natural and therefore the brakes can be controlled with greater finesse.
Somebody else will be along in a few minutes to explain why I'm wrong.
by Tom Sheppard
Sun Sep 11, 2011 7:32 pm
Forum: Hangar Chat
Topic: Colomban Luciole
Replies: 26
Views: 28360

I wonder if the design would lend itself to a larger wing with a lower stalling speed and loading. I suppose the issue would be whether the engine could drag it aloft.
by Tom Sheppard
Sun Sep 11, 2011 12:36 pm
Forum: Hangar Chat
Topic: democracy and member involvement at work - not!
Replies: 32
Views: 11280

A recognition that there are fences to mend and an expression of the will to do it is a good start. Thank you Brian for a constructive post which bodes well for the future.