View Full Version : This project just got serious...
12-13-2004, 11:12 AM
The Christmas bonus has arrived, and the price is about to jump, so yesterday I bit the bullet and ordered my rotors... a set of 23-foot Dragon Wings. Quite an interesting experience psychologically; because the first major expenditure makes you take a really good look at what you're doing.
But the beast will soon have its wings...
:D :D :D
12-13-2004, 11:49 AM
Congrats, John! I've yet to order mine, but I can imagine it's a serious leap of faith on your part. I've been following your web log and like what I'm seeing. Between you, me and Kevin, at least 3 new Bees will take to the air in '05, God willing.
COOL!! Yes I saw that the price was going up, too bad I don't have that kind of money.... Anyway, why don't you post some pics of your bee? We'd like to have a look at it!
12-13-2004, 11:51 AM
I know what you mean. My wallet ran under the couch back in 2002 when I got started with my gyro. I have not seen it since but I hear it wimpering every once in a while ;)
12-13-2004, 11:59 AM
tee hee - I would *love* to post photos of the bee. Unfortunately, there's not a lot to see of Delta Echo apart from numerous disjointed bits of aluminium angle and tubing. :D Once I've got her triangulated...
But check out http://www.banaari.com/ for what photos there are.
Heh,heh, Like that last quote you have listed there, huh?
12-23-2004, 12:31 AM
Ordered (transferred the funds to StarBee) for pretty much the rest of the airframe today: Rotor head, wheels, pre-rotator, cyclic, seat, tail section, pre-drilled mast/keel/tail boom, and all the various plates/saddles/rod-ends, etc. Still to fabricate rudder pedals, control tubes, seat mounts, etc.
And still have to sort out an engine, prop and instruments - next year.
Off on holiday tomorrow, there should be one hell of a Christmas present waiting when we get back to civilisation in a couple of weeks... hehe: attached is a photo of the rest of our Christmas shopping.
:D :D :D :D :D
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,
01-20-2005, 06:44 PM
Have just ordered the engine:
A dual-carb Rotax 503, w/ intake silencer and after-muffler, B-box.
Now staring into the vast empty space that used to be my bank account, and listening to the echo. :rolleyes:
Off tomorrow down-country for a week's training :D :D
... followed by our annual gyro fly-in in Dannevirke.
01-20-2005, 07:27 PM
John, how much do you weight? The intake and exhaust aftermufflers will knock down the power somewhat from the normal 52 HP rating.
01-20-2005, 08:52 PM
Not a lot :)
About 67 kilos, ~150 lbs in American ;)
01-21-2005, 05:30 AM
then you ought to be okay! just don't overload it with extras!
02-05-2005, 03:48 PM
More acquisition progress on Delta Echo... yesterday I collected the engine, and its monitoring instrument... and last week I purchased the flight instrumentation for the pod. Expecting a shipment out of StarBee in a week or so, at which point I can get some anodising done and then start bolting, cutting, drilling, plumbing, wiring...
Spent the last week of January training - what an absolute blast!... these things (or at least a Dominator II) are *way* more fun to learn to fly than a FW.
Full gory details on the website.
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