Hi friends, any new information, recommendation or news regarding Tail Wheel Lock? I am going to start (after more then 30 years) with tail-dragger again, so any information to help me will be appreciated. Thank you in advance. My current installation is WHLT-8LD TAILWHEEL, LIGHT WEIGHT DUAL FORK 8" pneu tail wheel and I am thinking about replacement. Thanks.
well, yes. It is (can be) registered as ultralight here. There is even not required multi engine rating. Cri-Cri was designed by Michael Colomban. Michel Colomban (born 1932 in France) is a French aeronautical engineer known for his home-built aircraft. He originally worked for Morane-Saulnier on the Morane-Saulnier MS-880 (Rallye), and also later for Société Nationale d'Industrie Aérospatiale. He designed the Colomban Cri-cri in 1973. In the 1990s, he also designed the aluminium and composite Colomban MC-100 Ban-Bi, a two-seat aircraft that can reach 300 km/h (186 mph) with an 80 hp (60 kW) Rotax engine. As far as I know (just word of mouth) he was working on supersonic Concorde project. Cri-Cri is only "home build" aircraft constructed with full support of wind tunnel measurement with full size aircraft. Even with one engine working is able to climb safely and it is fully aerobatic plane. There is not very important impact of one engine only flight regarding directional stability.
Excellent video, excellent aircraft. I am waiting for my first flight with CriCri next spring. This summer i had opportunity just to sit in the cockpit, but I need to perform all setup of the plane according my shape and weight. The reason is that aircraft empty weight is 64 kg (141 pounds) only. Owner and builder of this aircraft asked me for flying this plane, but I decided to do it next year about May due to good weather required. Our CriCri has two engines each of 20HP so it is not so powerful as jet version, but still excellent performer. I will send picture later today , slow internet connection in work.
Excellent pictures and motivation from your article, thank you. Regarding Aerotrek A220, do you (or mate) any feeling regarding "composite spring" type of main gear? Any impressions? I will appreciate any information, thank you in advance.
Dear friends, The plane you have seen at Oshkosh is completely STYLUS X2 / the same plane you can see here:
What happened is that Slovak producer of STYLUS aircraft (AVAMA Ltd. Poprad, Slovakia, http://www.avama.sk/vyroba_en.html ) sold this year, early spring time, complete design and production documentation to Czech company Czech Sport Aircraft located in Kunovice and producing SportCruiser. They decided to produce STYLUS under new name for US market as there is really demand for such planes. And yes, it is quite a difference comparing Aerotrek as both of the planes are "shoulder to shoulder" parking in our hangar here. STYLUS resp. Sky Cruiser has significantly more spacious cockpit, completely different wing (with separate flaps and ailerons, different airfoil) and therefore higher cruising speed, longer about 40cm (15.748") therefore more stable in direction ... Simply different with significant heritage
Seashore of Istria is really nice, but not very suitable for float planes. They have some there, but water is only occasionally suitable for small float planes. Even bigger planes are not very often able to use sea due to waves.They use Grumman Goose,Twin Otter Seaplanes and similar planes there Simply no regulation, just nature seashore is just about cliffs and rocks, no sand. Very nice despite of this.
That's the point I'm still considering. To rebuild my Stylus to taildragger. To remove nose wheel completely and rebuild main gear as I saw here (High country cabane type gear I think). Or to sell it as is and buy taildragger for my future bush flying. I have neither time nor condition for rebuilding here but plane is very well built. I am flying about 150 hours per year, sometimes 200, but no conditions here for building, constructing, welding etc.Maybe I will find somebody to help me with such mission. And, I need to find some plans how to manufacture new main gear.Hard mission.
well, old man words regarding grass runways here in Middle Europe, yes, you can find here huge grass runways very often. For example 3000' long runway is very common, usually used by aero-clubs, but we had 6000'as well, just now they are shortened, due to lack of government support. Glider sport was extremely popular here and still it is leading aviation sport, even there is some sort of depression. Short runways like 1200' and 1500' long are usually former agriculture strips, wide was 39' till 1985 and then 49' as a standard. Many of them, even paved by asphalt, are out of service now, unattended, or covered by solar panels due to private owner decisions. Due to agriculture, we have only small number of airstrips in mountains (I'm not sure, if any) and majority in agricultural part of country. We have some nice lakes and dams but no one aircraft on floats is here. New, private airstrips are very rare here, but step by step we can find some of them. That is the point I'm looking for bush training and bush plane conversion for my plane.
The last picture is only grass RWY we had on the way, Ptuj airport, 1100x100 meters (3600x330 feet) Paved RWY at Portoroz airport is 1200x30 meters (3900x100 feet) My home RWY is paved 500x12 meters (1600x40 feet)
Well, only taildragger there, Super Cub, from Aeroclub Ptuj. We have all tricycles now, I'm only owner looking for taildragger - bushplane here. Btw. Vanda is the owner and pilot of the plane she is refueling. Viper SD4, flying as LSA or standard ICAO GA as well, registration is up to owner. 11 members of the group are on the picture below, well, majority is older, but definitely not sad looking, believe me.