Recent content by Martin W.

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    Personal Locator Beacon

    Steve Fossett's wife said he had one of those Breitling watches but was not wearing it that day .... not that it would have mattered because they are not activated by impact ... and seeing that the onboard ELT was destroyed in the crash it is doubtful that he survived either .... biggest...
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    Fetters Newest Manned Helicopter Project Lifts off!

    . Always heard you have cool transmissions in your helicopters. .
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    Helicopters crashes into ocean near Miami Beach, FL and Newport Beach, CA

    . Go large screen on video and just after the helicopter appears on the upper right hand corner you will see a reflective flash on a rotor blade ..... that is when it begins to descend. Could be a divergent blade , or a possible drone strike , or just a camera anomaly.. As it descends the...
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    Fetters Newest Manned Helicopter Project Lifts off!

    . Crop duster ?? Are you kidding ?? They don't grow crops there . They grow money. .
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    Fetters Newest Manned Helicopter Project Lifts off!

    . That radial engine on the front is not what it appears. It is the starter motor for the 3 huge turbines. .
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    Grandfather clock build

    . Nothing else to do tonight so decided to look up unique grandfather clocks .... came across only this one ... claims it was carved out of solid oak .... but one picture shows what looks like a joint so I'm not sure.
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    Grandfather clock build

    ' I know a fellow who works all summer as a logger .... whenever he comes across a mis-shape or a burl he sections it off and in the winter puts them on a small hobby-lathe and carves out bowls .... says he sometimes makes more money selling them than he does summer logging. .
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    Grandfather clock build

    . DarDow101 .... is that artwork ??? .... (I love it) ..... or a "time machine concept" ... built from old computer components ?? . If it is an actual "Quantum Computer" I am lost ... (I know very little about computers) .... whatever the case I admire your intricate and detailed assembly...
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    PRA Board @ 2-5-2022

    . Have to be cautious The word "SUE" tends to suggest "BLAME" Not necessarily true Say I am a plumber , I have insurance , and accidentally burn down your house and lose my life also ..... you have every right to make a statement of claim against my estate. That is the process .... My...
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    Bird strike?

    Completely unrelated to WaspAir's metal blades .... but because I came across a picture of the earlier Bell47 - Hiller12 type wood blade I wanted to post it somewhere .... front is laminated birch and spruce , rear is balsa , not shown is fiberglass skin and leading edge metal protector. They...
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    Skeeter Jr.

    Not a very good picture but here are some of the Hiller weights. Also link to the article about similar issues to yours https://www.heli-archive.ch/en/helicopters/in-depth-articles/hiller-uh-12b quote .
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    Skeeter Jr.

    My guess only .... early prototypes likely required a lot of lift force to raise and hold collective so the springs were installed to make it easier ... once that was sorted out there likely was a completely unrelated vibration transmitted to the collective and a good way to dampen that is by a...
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    PRA Board @ 2-5-2022

    Normally I would agree , and still do to a certain extent , but a lot of this this discussion gives us a better insight into the wants and needs of PRA. Because , lets face it , for several years things had gone a bit stagnant and budgets were declining .... this is a wake-up call for changes...
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    Trouble getting confirmation.

    I am a "spare" moderator on a small discussion forum ... it has a small and specialized membership (geological instruments) .... requires approval to become a member. My point is this .... there are at least 15 spammers a day applying to join .... that is 105 per week ...... 420 per month ...
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    Vance's "BS-meter" ....and how to spot & dodge dubious deals/dealers!

    Small club held a car raffle every year and the draw was made during the local fair. Car was usually a Corvette or something and they sold a lot of tickets. Police chief knew the club president was a bit of a shyster ... and so were some of the members .... but they would get a random person...
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