A guy can get a bad deal anywhere. At the same time, some buyers are never satisfied. The only thing I know for sure is that your post is hands down the longest single sentence I have ever come across.
James is forging ahead with the design and various kit options. Sadly, in my mind, one thing I have never come across is any information from him in regards to repairing a Chipper. There is a lot of sheet foam and honeycomb in a Chipper. I can see where it would do a good job absorbing energy but question what it means when it is time to repair. As in: If the elevator takes a decent hit, does it compromise everything from the cabin back while a Kitfox/Avid only needs an elevator repair after the same hit? I am very curious about this but don't pretend to know the answer.
I have no idea if the wreckage was shipped back to James or if it ended up in a Northern landfill.
The tubing repair video JimChuck posted is very much worth the time to view it. It does talk about a new wonder material called 'asbestos', however! Just use 1/4" plywood underneath instead. To stop heat from travelling too far along the tubes, I like a product called Hot Dam! made by IBS. It is a heat dissipating spray, product #74187 that works very well.
RE: Starter rope location. How many of us can bend at the waist and touch our feet? Not being critical or snide. I don't have a belly but I am 53 and flexibility is certainly an issue for me. Never having sat in your plane, Vance, is it easier than it looks in the picture.
On Edit: Oooops, my question should have been directed to Turbo instead of Vance.
Turbo, dholly, I agree with both of you. At least to the best of my ability. One thing is for sure, I would not enter a vocabulary contest with either one of you!
Anything taken to the extreme makes balance difficult to impossible to maintain. Seems to me that the rarest commodity in Washington DC (regardless of party) at present is common sense. If there was a modicum of common sense in these people, the vast majority of 'extremism' would cease to exist.
Let's focus on what is really important here: akflyer has single handedly offended (and hurt the feelings of) every member of this forum who is a midget employed by a circus!
On a lesser note: If I was going to mod an engine for one of these planes, it would be bumping an 80hp 912 to 100hp. Anything other than that makes me a bit nervous and compels me to look at other Rotax options in their stock form. But that's just me, and not a very educated opinion. The HKS options are interesting but what little I have heard is 'smooth running though low on power for hp rating'. Would like to know more about them. They certainly seem to lower the asking price when an aircraft is listed for sale when compared to a comparable Rotax powered unit.
It's all very interesting. However, I do believe that we can all agree that we should be a tad more considerate of our shortest members around here.
It's a very nice setting in a gorgeous part of the country. The museum portion is well worth seeing from time to time, as well. It should be a bit cooler this year compared to the last two. We do have a little smoke in the air but nothing even close to what was here for last years event.