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  1. I just completed the ferry flight of my SF28A motorglider to its new owner, from Oregon to Georgia. It took more than a week, but it was fun. I have posted the trip report with pictures on my web site www.caro-engineering.com under "News". [Editor's Note: Report is also attached here for easy reference, but everyone should check-out Sonja's website when they get a chance. For those that haven't been following she has designed and built her own motorglider the Caro 1 MG and she is posting flight test results.] Sonja's 2016 Trek OR to GA.pdf
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  2. Yes, there is hope for us wimps. I am 5'7", 230 lbs. and 73 years old and yes I have problems opening and closing the wings so I built a simple lever system and it is very doable now. It consists of a 10' carbon tube (what I had from an old delta hang glider) two wing shaped plywood pieces, a couple ratchet straps and two 25 lb. bar bell weights. The system reduces the lift weight from 30 lbs at the wing tip to about half that. My concern was what if it should slip while in the vertical position? I glued a rubberized material to the surface next to the wing for protection of the wing but when
    2 points
  3. Pipistrel Sinus, Virus, Virus SW available as S-LSA, Factory Built Experimental, or Approved 51% Kit (Amateur Built); Taurus is available as pure glider, Rotax Self Launch, or Electric; Apis single seat - new orders ship in approximately 6 months. Now taking Deposits for Panthera 4 seat Retractable 200 knot on 210 hp, 10 gph. Certification complete in 2017. Pricing for new aircraft start at under $100,000, delivered. Call Rand (813) 774-212
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  4. If all else fails, go to Google maps, satellite view, and increase magnification to around 20 feet per inch. You can then see, for example, that the taxiways at Zephyr Hills FL are wider (over 40 feet) than is the runway at Grove Field WA (under 40 feet). This also allows one to measure the distance between taxiway lights.
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  5. This is a complete distraction from the number one problem with the Phoenix Motorglider: Not enough production. The existing Phoenix design is great. The factory's resources need to be focused on building more aircraft, not these kinds of enhancements.
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  6. I've never had a gasket look that bad on any car or aircraft I've owned! I suggest you order a new cap (0.9 Bar) from California Power Systems or Lockwood: if the gaskets gone bad, maybe other things aren't quite right. At $80 it's horribly expensive, but maybe there is a good reason for that. Also, it may not be possible to put in a new gasket without major effort.
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  7. 2003 Ximango, ONLY $79,000, PRICED TO SELL, in BEAUTIFUL shape, one owner, always hangared. TTE 509 HR TTAF 585 HR ANNUAL 6/19 ROTAX 912S 100HP S/N 200.153 3 POSITION PROP WINGLETS RETRACTABLE LANDING GEAR CRUISE AT 100KTS @75% THROTTLE 4 GAL./ HR L/D 31 STALL 39 KTS GARMIN SL40 RADIO APOLLO SL 70 TRANSPONDER ARTIFICIAL HORIZON BOSE HEADSET TOE BRAKES BOTH SEATS LOCATION: VERO BEACH, FL 772 696 3144 TEDHAUSER@HOTMAIL.COM
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  8. Hi I'm new to the TMGA so perhaps I'm not posting this in the correct category but here it goes... I started making a list of every active TMG we have flying in Sweden. Found the TMGA while doing so. Feel free to check out the website, but it's not translated to english yet. You can find my website with the list here: https://www.tmgsverige.se/ Hopefully I can help if anyone plans to visit Sweden and wants to fly a local Touring Motor Glider.
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  9. From the album: Ted's Stuff

    © tedgrussing photography © 2020

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  10. From the album: Ted's Stuff

    © tedgrussing photography © 2020

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  11. Another way to get educated is to go to the next gathering, when there are usually 4-5 types of touring motor-gliders on site with owners who will talk to you endlessly about them. Not certain when the next one will be, but it's a good place to see them.
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  12. Search Elfin 20.ex for the latest (soon to be flying) hybrid electric touring motor glider from Germany. 50:1 side-by-side Electric self-launch with hybrid option for long range touring.
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  13. An easy compilation is viewable by going to the menus indicated by: About > TMG Compilation
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  14. Got to the Library tab, then Archives to see the major TMG's. All except the Carat and Moni are two-place, side by side.
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  15. It is admittedly difficult and also scary because (I have always assumed, at least) if you ever drop one then that’s the end of that airframe. As a CFI I have taught a few people how to do it as safely as possible. Straight into the wind, of course, and always with the mains chocked. And you can’t have ambiguity at the top, you have to commit to it going over. And dry hands, of course, and I’ve considered using sticky mechanics gloves. When training, I put huge wedge pads inboard and a spotter outboard. As a sailor, my first thought was to “rig a preventer,” but there’s no good
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  16. Look through the picture gallery. There was an Ximango owner a while back who had trouble folding and unfolding the wings. So, he came up with a tripod/block and tackle system to help. I don't recall his name, but I do recall seeing the pictures here.
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  17. I am 82 yrs old ,165 pounds and I can open and close the wings. I carefully turn the fuselage directly into the wind. I keep my feet directly under my hips and my back very straight while I walk the wing toward the hinge.
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  18. Sometimes during a long climb in hot weather oil temp will creep into the 220"s, then I will level off, reduce power and let it come back down. I was wondering what relative wind the intake was seeing, so the other day temp reached 223-224, I pulled the cowl flap knob out about half an inch. Temp immediately responded, and in a minute or two went down to 213, no other changes made. Weird, looking at the angle of the door on the ground it is tilted toward closed quite a bit. Can't explain it, maybe someone else can .
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  19. Hello dear Phoenix owners and friends! Some of you may know me, however I would like to introduce myself - my name is Martin Stepanek (Phoenix Air Czech Republic). And I thing that all of you know our UL/LSA-Glider U-15 Phoenix :-) I am flying with the prototype (01/U15) and with electric version of PhoEnix (01/D14). I know, that producer should not praise its own product, but I still have to say that I enjoy every second when I am in the air with Phoenix. Phoenix Air never had easy life and beginning of year 2016 brought changes and news - again. Negative on this situation is,
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  20. XENOS/SONEX INC. 2006 MOTOR GLIDER. N5234 , $29,950 * ACCEPTING OFFERS * OWNERS HEALTH, , ONLY 40 hrs TTAE, 100 Hp Eng–3300 Jabiru, Sens Carbon Prop, Dynon FlightDEK-D180 EFIS/EMS, Lift Resv Ind/Stall Warn, Intercom, Comm, XPDR, Dual sticks, Contact Max Bradford; Sulphur Springs, TX; 903-243-1069
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  21. When reasonable weather season is again upon us, I'd be happy to come to Klikitat and let you look at, get a ride in, a Phoenix U15 motorglider. PhoenixAir USA is the web page. Mine is in Renton at the South end of Lake Washington, and my usual hot weather flight is to take-off at about 12 -1, power over to where ever there is lift, usually I check Ellensburg prior to heading up to the Ephrata/high plateau North of Wenatchee area. Then I shut down the engine and soar until I need to land for food or a toilet or to stretch, take-off and do more soaring and then start up the engine to cro
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  22. The Samba Motorglider from Distar Air USA has a wide cockpit and will easily hold you and and friend of equal stature as well as luggage. It is powered by a 100 hp Rotax, has a 25/1 glide ratio, and it is fully equipped at around $120k. Distarairusa.com.
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  23. I have been asked to address in-air restarts using a windmilling prop without electrical power starting capability. Rotax says that the 912 cannot be started with a windmilling prop. I have been told that this is a liability related answer. So I will use the profound wisdom of Rotax, and also state that you can not restart the Rotax 912 by windmilling the prop. Got it? Ok good, now on to reality. I have tested windmill starting my Phoenix 4 or 5 times back in 2010 or 2011. I started it successfully each time. If the engine is warm, i.e., just shut down, then a dive of "only" 80kts
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  24. I can really recommend gliding in the alps. It's beautiful and an extraordinary experience. In Switzerland I can recommend you Schänis or Samaden. Schänis is right next to the alps and a perfect enter for that. They have good instructors and a lot of gliders for renting. Even an Arcus M Samaden is located in the famous Engadin and very close to 4000m peaks like Piz Bernina and the beautiful Biancograt. Here a clip about our gliding in Samaden last year (https://youtu.be/CDeuVM3Figo?t=5m37s). It's a paradise for gliding. Maybe Samaden is a bit more expensive than Schänis. But both are g
    1 point
  25. There is not much chance of shortening the build process doing it the way I did it. The only way to get there quicker would be with production tooling, assembling the parts from a kit. I am a creative person and like to build things, so it was overall enjoyable, but often very hard and difficult.
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  26. Many pilots have flown with the Rotax at idle for extended periods without any reported problems. Rotax wants the engine temperature to be at 190F to properly burn off water and maintain clean spark plugs and reduce lead fouling. If you run at idle for extended periods, run the engine rpm up to 3000rpm every few minutes to help keep the plugs from fouling. I prefer to shut down the engine, but I am probably more comfortable and confident with an in-air restart than others may be. I have only had one problem early on in the Lambada when I assumed the engine was cold at high altitude and
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  27. For those that have researched air park living, the most common price break is the fixer for $300K and it goes up from there. In my research over the last 6 years while I was caring for my dad, I found a number of air parks that are in the price range of the average Joe. Last week I drove to 7 Bays, Washington to look at a couple of homes, and made an offer on one. The Realtor hadn't mentioned the seller took out a 2nd on the property and wanted more than market. He has a renter and has positive cash flow, so he refused my offer. In the long run this was a good thing, but that was a long
    1 point
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    This will be the first TMGA event on the East coast. Jim Lee, the Phoenix USA distributor, will be hosting this event at his home base at Melbourne International Airport (MLB) in Florida. MLB is a Class D airport with lots of advantages: plenty of area for our aircraft, nearby hotels/motels with conference facilities, restaurants, and of course, local attractions e.g. Disneyworld, the Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center, and world-famous beaches for non-flying activities. Jim says that it’s highly likely that a Space Shuttle runway over-flight (200 foot above the runway), called
    1 point
  29. Hello Martin! Welcome! I would love to have 17m extensions, and 90kts Vne is fine in that case. Bent or straight is okay. I'm sure you will maintain the good looks. My ship 15/23 is doing fine. A wonderful ship. I agree that we need many more in the USA. There seems to be a great demand.
    1 point
  30. Hi, George - This might be helpful. I had similar concerns a while back. http://www.motorgliders.org/forums/topic/459-lithium-grease-university/ ed
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  31. Thank you Ed, I have the same feeling - to improve L/D even if some speed limitation will be necessary. They are two areas on the Phoenix we are actually looking to. Already mentionned idea of longer wing extensions and some design modification on engine cowling :-) My friend - Mr. Potmesil from HPH (http://www.hph.cz/index.php?lang=en) offered me help in case we will need CNC to make prototype moulds - that could really help. Best regards! Martin .
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  33. 5 Tips for Storing Your Plane for the Winter Reprinted from an AOPA Advertisement for AOPA Member Insurance Winter is in full swing, but there’s still time to prepare your aircraft for winter storage to ensure that it’s ready to go when spring flying season starts. Your best guidance comes from your A&P, but here are some tasks to consider with the goal of keeping corrosion and other damage to a minimum. Change the oil. It may seem counter-intuitive to change the oil now rather than starting with new oil come spring, but remember that the oil in your engine is old and contai
    1 point
  34. I don't know if any of you have been having this issue, but I finally solved a problem that has been vexing me for over a year. I found that the smoothness with which I can install and disassemble the wingtips varies tremendously. This was really frustrating. Some days the wingtips were easy to assemble, other times it was remarkably difficult to get them seated properly or removed at the end of the flight. At first I thought it was a temperature related issue, but having explored various approaches over the past year I think I now understand the problem. The mistake I was making at first was
    1 point
  35. Whisper Motorglider The motorglider prototype first flew in 2004. Of the 52 under construction 25 are already flying. Apart from being a very capable motorglider the Whisper is also a comfortable tourer with a massive cabin and a good turn of speed. The kit includes all the mouldings and other items that are difficult to manufacture yourself. Wings, tailplane and rudder are built using mouldless techniques and have a solid foam core. This allows for an inexpensive, yet enormously strong structure. During certification a motorglider wing was tested to 10.6g (more than 3000kg was
    1 point
  36. When I took my Phoenix flight training from Jim Lee, the Phoenix dealer, I had a hard getting the landings consistent. My flying was fine, except for the last 10 seconds of the landing, which is the, um, critical part. Many landings later, from good to bad, I finally realized my thousands of hours in single seat sailplanes were not good preparation for a side-by-side touring motorglider: the sight picture - what you see out the front of the canopy - is so different, I wasn't adapting to it. In sailplanes, you look straight out over the center of the nose, and it's easy to see the glider's alig
    1 point
  37. From the album: Sinus Videos

    Just over 200km flight before bringing the engine on again... Video Link:
    1 point
  38. No, just call Lockwood Aviation in Florida. 863-655-5100. Tell them what you have and they'll send you what you need. Basically, it's a short, molded hose and a meter or so of metric sized radiator hose that you'll cut into the pieces you need to replace your old hoses. It ain't cheap, but it's very good quality stuff and Rotax approved. One other thing I thought of regarding the hose clamps is Rotax recommends using "spring clamps" or "Corbin style" clamps as opposed to worm drive hose clamps on the radiator hoses. Here's what they look like: http://www.autozone.com/autozone/accessories/Tool
    1 point
  39. First of all, apologies about the long paragraph - the website is not responding to line feed requests. I spent some time yesterday at the NW EAA FlyIn at Arlington WA and attended an excellent forum on Rotax engine maintenance by Phil Lockwood of Lockwood Aviation in Sebring Florida. For someone who grew up with Lycomings and Continentals this was a major revelation to see how Rotax has raised the bar on efficiency and reliability. The main message was that these engines were remarkably well built, and that if one follows the recommended maintenance schedule, particularly oil changes, they sh
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