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  • John, is there a G1sb flying on the west coast ?
    Jay Gunderson

    "Wise men talk because they have something to say;
    fools talk because they have to say something."

    Plato

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    • The reason for my wanting a two place is that I wanted to fly anyone who wanted to fly with me from my grass strip. I have seen the performance of the 100 HP Rotax on my field and gyro's struggle to get out with two full size people. Today I took my largest passenger to date about 220 pounds, and I killed it. I now know the technique that works best for my machine and with the extra power of a 130 horse and Ernie's heavy lift blades I had nearly had nearly 500 feet at the end of the runway and I had backed off the power by that point. Granted it is not yet summer but I feel that I am well on my way to realizing what I had hoped for.
      "at 55 I did'nt GO over the hill, I FLEW over it"

      Sport Pilot Powered Parachute
      Sport Pilot Gyro

      Lifelong Member of the Dominator Fanclub.

      Currently building an Aviomania GS2 powered by a Honda 130 HP Engine. Expected completion about two weeks. Wait a minute....I finished it!

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      • I am happy you solved the gearbox problems!!! the new pod will look much better !!!!!
        Nicolas Karaolides
        CYPRUS
        WEBPAGE http://www.aviomania.com/

        Dead stick landing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uv9q6hlrzdk
        G1sa 99 hour Testing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aykdaMqOPQ
        Join me on-board G1sa http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRZLPL4sCuA

        The 2 seat G2sa "Genesis Duo" early testflights
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPw_3b-DeYI
        and
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUxH7X77f64

        BOOSTER PREROTATOR http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0M4gNx40-bE

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        • Great to hear. Now we can put to rest the “Rotax Only and Nothing Else” mantra. Alternatives are good for aviation. It is unfortunate that your Viking saga took such turns and delays. But those days look like they are well and truly over. Wish your Viking Honda serves you well for many seasons. Hope others benefit from your struggles and ultimate success.

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          • Originally posted by RMM View Post
            Great to hear. Now we can put to rest the “Rotax Only and Nothing Else” mantra. Alternatives are good for aviation. It is unfortunate that your Viking saga took such turns and delays. But those days look like they are well and truly over. Wish your Viking Honda serves you well for many seasons. Hope others benefit from your struggles and ultimate success.
            Joe Knows what he is doing that is fro sure.
            Aviomania experience changed Nicolas thinking to only selling Rotax engines.
            We have sold 14 but only 2 with an alternative engine are built and flying and 5 Rotax's are built in a couple of weeks and ready to fly. Nicolas told me he would rather have them flying than just sell them.
            Also you have to adjust the center of gravity with Nicolas only estimating where it should be has he only has made them PERFECT for Rotax's which they are designed and test for.
            That is why you can no longer buy an Aviomania without and engine unless you have a used Rotax and send him a picture of int and a picture of the serial number.
            Resistance is futile…… You will be compiled!
            Cheers,
            John Rountree

            PRA- Director, Secretary
            PRA- Business Manager

            PRA31 - Vice President of S.D. Rotorcraft Club
            http://www.Pra31.org

            U.S. Agent for Aviomania Aircraft... the most stable gyroplane on the market today.
            See: Aviomania USA http://www.AviomaniaUSA.com

            OEM Dealer for MGL Avionics - glass cockpit EFIS for Experimental aircraft Ask about DISCOUNTS for PRA MEMBERS

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            • Originally posted by RMM View Post
              It is unfortunate that your Viking saga took such turns and delays. But those days look like they are well and truly over.
              I am not yet willing to say the experiment is over, but it is looking like I am going to survive it. =)

              "at 55 I did'nt GO over the hill, I FLEW over it"

              Sport Pilot Powered Parachute
              Sport Pilot Gyro

              Lifelong Member of the Dominator Fanclub.

              Currently building an Aviomania GS2 powered by a Honda 130 HP Engine. Expected completion about two weeks. Wait a minute....I finished it!

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              • A few small changes. First pic with the 8 inch wheels. Also just visible is the new additional tank Edypaul welded up for me (behind the right wheel nearly under the rotor. Giving me an extra 2.49 gallons which will extend my safe duration to 2 hours. Also we added stone guards. One is under the prop, and another on each wheel.
                "at 55 I did'nt GO over the hill, I FLEW over it"

                Sport Pilot Powered Parachute
                Sport Pilot Gyro

                Lifelong Member of the Dominator Fanclub.

                Currently building an Aviomania GS2 powered by a Honda 130 HP Engine. Expected completion about two weeks. Wait a minute....I finished it!

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                • Finally the finishing touch.
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                  "at 55 I did'nt GO over the hill, I FLEW over it"

                  Sport Pilot Powered Parachute
                  Sport Pilot Gyro

                  Lifelong Member of the Dominator Fanclub.

                  Currently building an Aviomania GS2 powered by a Honda 130 HP Engine. Expected completion about two weeks. Wait a minute....I finished it!

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                  • Joe: A long road you've traveled to bring your baby to being done!

                    Looking back on all you went through, would you recommend using the same vendors, such as engine distributor & airframe manufacturer?

                    Or...?

                    Are CPAs allowed to fly flamboyant-looking aircraft?
                    Very nice looking paint job! Your design & application?
                    Last edited by Kevin_Richey; 08-26-2018, 04:23 PM.

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                    • Although I am very happy with where I ended up, I probably would not choose this route again. There is alot to be said for buying a flying aircraft. I am a CFP, we are the flashy arm of financial services. The same artist who did PEG, helped with this design. I had a professional installer put it on.
                      "at 55 I did'nt GO over the hill, I FLEW over it"

                      Sport Pilot Powered Parachute
                      Sport Pilot Gyro

                      Lifelong Member of the Dominator Fanclub.

                      Currently building an Aviomania GS2 powered by a Honda 130 HP Engine. Expected completion about two weeks. Wait a minute....I finished it!

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                      • I really like it....very kewl ...it has that classic hot rod stance and look! Kudos's to you sir!

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                        • Thanks Jason.
                          "at 55 I did'nt GO over the hill, I FLEW over it"

                          Sport Pilot Powered Parachute
                          Sport Pilot Gyro

                          Lifelong Member of the Dominator Fanclub.

                          Currently building an Aviomania GS2 powered by a Honda 130 HP Engine. Expected completion about two weeks. Wait a minute....I finished it!

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                          • 6 MPH faster with flames....true story.
                            "at 55 I did'nt GO over the hill, I FLEW over it"

                            Sport Pilot Powered Parachute
                            Sport Pilot Gyro

                            Lifelong Member of the Dominator Fanclub.

                            Currently building an Aviomania GS2 powered by a Honda 130 HP Engine. Expected completion about two weeks. Wait a minute....I finished it!

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                            • She looks awsome Joe.
                              Resistance is futile…… You will be compiled!
                              Cheers,
                              John Rountree

                              PRA- Director, Secretary
                              PRA- Business Manager

                              PRA31 - Vice President of S.D. Rotorcraft Club
                              http://www.Pra31.org

                              U.S. Agent for Aviomania Aircraft... the most stable gyroplane on the market today.
                              See: Aviomania USA http://www.AviomaniaUSA.com

                              OEM Dealer for MGL Avionics - glass cockpit EFIS for Experimental aircraft Ask about DISCOUNTS for PRA MEMBERS

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                              • Originally posted by Joe Pires View Post
                                6 MPH faster with flames....true story.
                                OK, Joe...I'll bite. The true story?

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