Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Maybe you saw it coming: This blog has moved to a better location...

This blog has moved to an improved location.  The first post is here:

http://jameswiebe.wordpress.com/2013/08/01/upgrades-to-ultralight-aircraft-actually/

See you there!  I'm not here anymore!


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

20 Pound Carbon Fiber Float?

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Hey Eugene:

While nosing around in the Belite shop earlier this evening, I noticed that they were preparing to pull the wraps off their new aircraft floats.   It is clear they plan to announce at Oshkosh:  but at what price?

I was able to gather some basic technical information, and also take some pictures, which I've pasted below.

The note said:

  *  19 pounds, 13 ounces as shown (still missing a couple of attachment hardware fittings)
  *  Up to 3 layers of Carbon Fiber cloth overall
  *  Carbon Fiber over foam construction
  *  Pre-cut foam pieces
  *  Inexpensive
  *  Final all up weight estimated at 22 pounds (straight); 35 pounds (amphibious)
  *  Superior to earlier Belite and other aluminum floats (much easier to construct; inherently more waterproof due to foam design)
  *  620 pound maximum gross weight
  *  Belite will be selling float kits for a special price during Oshkosh and shortly thereafter

These are clearly a significant product offering for experimental aircraft... looks to be a game changer for anyone who wants to fly off water.  If Belite has truly pulled off a carbon fiber composite float which sells for a reasonable $ amount...  wow.  That will be so cool.

The float in the following pictures was not quite complete.  It needed some sanding and some other stuff, but it sure looked like a float to me.

Your Friend,

Billy Bob.

P.S.:  Have a look at these pictures:

Carbon Fiber Float from Belite

Carbon Fiber Float from Belite

Carbon Fiber Float from Belite

Carbon Fiber Float from Belite

Carbon Fiber Float from Belite
Special note to Mickey:  thank you for encouraging me to think outside the box.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Harvest

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Weather is finally allowing some flying.  Got to see God's view.

Today, while I was waiting for my guys to get a particular piece of work done, I had Christian prop the UltraCub so I could get flying.  I was aloft a minute later.

90+ degree heat on the ground turned to air conditioning as I climbed thru 100'.  Lovely feeling as the air pressed by on either side of me.

Still skies.  Even in the heat.  Pulled back to probably 50% power and loitered at 800' while turning lazy circles.  Kept the air conditioning on.  Didn't do anything stupid.  Just puttered around.

(Can't understand why the world isn't beating a path to Belite's door.  Just can't.)

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Yesterday evening, I flew over my friend Kevin's house and left behind a friendly offering (a teddy bear with a parachute, cleanly deposited in his front lawn.)

Flew over to Benton and shot a whole bunch of touch and goes on the grass, and even one on the pavement.   Loved the folks watching me.  Kept a constant eye out for traffic, as I was NORDO.  (No Radio.)

I also flew around and looked at the harvest.   Big plumes of dust headed up and north as the evening wind and heat lifted wheat chaff upwards.

Pictures show the story:

Kansas Sunset approaches

Kansas beauty in June.


Cut Wheat Field.  Interesting effect.

Another cut wheat field.

I love the harvest.

He's got a long ways to go.

But he's working on it.
After both of the flights, I still haven't refueled -- burning less than 5 gallons combined.

I also had opportunity to do a speed check.  Yes, I was marginally concerned that the UltraCub was speeding over the FAR 103 limit of 62mph.  With full power, it clocked in at a cruise speed of about 60 - 61 mph.  I can relax.







Wednesday, June 26, 2013

James got bug bites

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The wilderness called.  I answered.

I spent 3 nights solo wilderness camping in the GSMNP, about six miles up the Hazel creek trail.  Thank you for letting me do that.

Breakfast on hazel creek.

Fresh boiled eggs, bacon, cheddar, bagel.  Yeah, I do wilderness right.

Butterflies.

More butterflies.

more more butterflies

Profundo butterflies

Dirt.

Flowers.

Flowers, too.

Hanging around.

Hazel creek trail.

I was nearly stumped.

I was two.

I took things very slowly for 3 days.

Wilderness.

Awesome views.