View Full Version : My newest flying machine
02-08-2004, 05:59 PM
Okay so shoot me It ain't a gyro and right now I am gyroless. I hope to have my next gyro by Bensen Days.
But onto this one, I swapped my black Bensen for this plane. It is a Phantom Ultralight and it is powered with a Free Air cooled Rotax 503. It takes off in less than 100 feet, climbs out at close to if not over 850 fpm, and cruise speed is 70-75 mph. The never exceed speed is 100 and the stall speed is mid 20's.
It is stressed for 9 G's positive and 6 negative. I have looped and rolled and spun this plane, and it is big time fun! I like phantom ultralights almost as much as gyros and will probably bring this down to Bensen Days. It does have a parachute just in case!
Oh and I bought back my old float set up for Phantoms and if I still have this bird come Summer I plan to do some flying off the lakes in the area.
02-08-2004, 05:59 PM
02-08-2004, 06:00 PM
02-08-2004, 06:39 PM
I like it, I like it alot. I wish I could talk my brother into buying one of those so I could fly it. ;D
Phantom is definately at the top of my list for next flying machine. I just need to get a hangar to put this stuff in.
Somewhere down the road I also plan to build either an RV-8 or possibly even an RV-10. But thats a few years off.
02-08-2004, 07:50 PM
Benidict Ronald I tell ya!
02-09-2004, 05:13 AM
Flying umbrella??? okay if you say so ;)
FYI, the Phantom ultralight has been produced since the very early 80's. there are thousands of them built and flying. The phantom is the second most copied - Quicksilver is #1 - ultralight design on the market - Flightstar, Hurricane, Avenger, Spitfire just to name a few of the copies - Many phantom pilots regularly do aerobatic flying in their ultralights, The design is time proven. And last, it is nearly impossible to come close to 9 G's in this plane due to the lack of momentum due to the light overall weight of the plane in flight and the large draggy wings and wires keep ing you from building up too much speed. I installed a G meter in mine yesterday and just lightly aggressive yanking and banking I never got over 2 G's.
Ps. I like my tail dragger too, wish it was still flying
02-09-2004, 06:21 AM
Sweet, that looks like that would be fun to fly :)
02-09-2004, 08:57 AM
Are the wings Pink? It looks like it matches your car.
02-09-2004, 07:25 PM
No the sails are Red Blue and White. Today I installed new tires and tubes and I made and installed a larger Tinted windshield for it.
02-10-2004, 05:14 AM
I think it looks good Ron, pink and all.
Ron, re the old post about max rpm for a 618;
In your opinion, what is the slowest max rpm that you would recommend?
I ask, because I left my protractor 200 miles away and before I flew yesterday I added more pitch and went too far. It maxed out at 5900 r's. However, before I looked at the tach, I had already taken off and climbed to 500 feet and everything seemed pretty close to normal.
Your opinion please, and thanx for all your input Ron. I hope you know that, inspite of me picking on you from time to time, I appreciate you and what you add to this forum.
02-10-2004, 08:06 AM
Chuck 5900 is too slow for long term use IMHO. But for now it will be okay. Just wouldn't run it at wide open or near to wide open throttle settings for a very long time at this pitch setting.
chuck we appreciate you too. as much posting as your doing lately you will pass me for master poster of the rotarywing forum! But just to show my appreciation I will post a picture I dedicate to you! ;) ;) ;)
02-10-2004, 08:20 AM
Pretty good one Ron. You're as crazy as I am. As for the posting; No way will I ever catch you, nor do I want to. You da man!!!
02-10-2004, 08:24 AM
Okay if you say so! ;D
02-10-2004, 07:34 PM
You dedicaded that picture to me.......You can't just give to anyone can you? I'm hurt. :'(
02-11-2004, 03:49 PM
If you look at the Blue title of the Jpeg it is named after you. It is all you babe!
02-12-2004, 10:32 AM
Thanks Ron....Will you be miy Valentine? :-*
cool looking machine , brother. Is there an upgrade kit available that does away with the wires with a couple of struts under the wing ? ;)
02-16-2004, 01:50 AM
Todd, Ron, John, Phil, George, Heron and Steven,
I am planning on leaving later this morning for New Orleans for a couple of days and will not even get close to a computer during my absence and just wanted to make sure you guys could hold the fort down without me and that it was okay with you all for me to be away for that long. (pretty nice sentence, huh?)
May I please have your blessings?
02-16-2004, 03:32 AM
Have a safe trip Chucky Boy!
02-16-2004, 04:42 AM
Echo, Do strut upgrades for me. Those Wires are WAY stronger than struts. I loop and roll this bad boy so I will take the wires.
Chuck, ever heard the line - Hit the road Jack..... and Don't you come back...... No more no more no more no more...... Hit the Road Jack and don't you come back no more. only kidding, see you later
02-16-2004, 05:07 AM
Have a good trip. But beware, the addiction is strong, you will be looking for a computer on your trip. ;D
Have a safe trip.
02-16-2004, 05:48 AM
It starts with finger tips itching . . .
Than swetty palms . . .
You better locate some cyber café on you way, just in case . . . ;D
Be safe and have fun
02-16-2004, 05:52 AM
Thanx guys, I feel pretty confident that you'll hold it together for a couple of days. But, you're right, it is addictive.
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