Discussion in 'Electrical & Instrumentation' started by Joe48, Sep 4, 2018.
whiskey and compass need to be separate line items...…...
1. Whiskey compass
Right next to the gadget that makes it possible to land this high performance biplane I shall need a cup holder.
we can build and install one of those. it can even be a carbon one! we can put it right in the middle, under the panel, so when not full with a cup, the ring can go around the stick and be and..... autopilot..... sort of....
You could also add an F150 shock absorber hanging down from the center of the fuse with a small caster on the bottom end, or one from each axle if , god forbid, your autopilot doesn't have a wing leveler!
A good strong nose wheel would be just the ticket. You could drive it on at 120mph so you can see where you're going and eliminate a lot of that pesky training.
imagine that...…. nose wheel - wheel landings! you may actually be on to something there!
I get it. Those of us who wish to make the most of our piloting skills relish the challenge of flying a responsive high performance airplane. We should be proud of our accomplishment when we master the ability to operate a sensitive airplane safely and skillfully. But my Skybolt has damage history from a ground loop from a previous owner. And I hope that when I sell my airplane on that the new owner does not wreck it while trying to transition into it. And let's face it, the ground handling accident rate for sport biplanes on a per flight hour basis is pretty poor.
After WWII when general aviation began to boom, "conventional gear" Cubs, Champs and C-120s were in use as trainers. Ground loops by ham-handed pilots were common, and often an airplane would nose over on its back when the student stomped on the brakes too hard. These accidents were a threat to growth of this popular new sport, so what could be done? For the C-120/140 many were retrofitted with wheel extensions, an axle adapter plate that moved the main wheels forward to prevent nose-overs. But that put more weight on the tail and made the airplane more susceptible to ground loops. After a while, airplane manufactures introduced a new gadget to solve the problem: It was called the nosewheel. The Pacer became the Tripacer. The C-140 became the C-150. The C-170 became the C-172 and so forth. Ground mishap rates went down. All was well.
Anybody interested in adding a nosewheel to their sport biplane? No? I didn't think so. But what if you could tame the landing and rollout manners of a biplane without changing the airplane configuration or adding significant cost or weight just by adding a gadget? Also, what if such an augmentation gadget could be configured so that you could shut it off so as to revert the airplane back to its natural flying characteristics after you completed the transition training/acclimatizing phase? And what if such a gadget could be easy to install and remove? Might widespread availability of such a gadget reduce landing mishap rate and thereby help promote the sport of biplane flying and building even if not everybody needs it or buys it?
Gonna need a carbon sippie cup to go along with it!
Pre landing checklist:
With a ball check valve like the Christen system so you don't spill while inverted...
That gadget has existed for a long time. It's called a locking tailwheel. Makes landings braindead.
Kiwi that is one ugly airplane!
Everyone is new to bi-planes, but then you become un-new. It is not as hard as it sounds or some folks like to make it.. Like riding a bike.. It is hard and hard and then.... it become not as hard and then it becomes easier until you don't think about it..I wheel and land tail low all the time. Difficult to explain, other than it is like riding a bicycle. once you know how.. you cannot unknow. I have only 40 hrs in my Hatz and have not come close to hurting it or me! So.. If I can do it, you should be able to.
ahhhh nope.. not right!
The solution to biplane accidents, both in the air and on ground, is very simple.
Install 4 wheels and keep the wings folded.
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