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(Stuff.co.nz)   Man who took his homemade airplane for a test flight calls it "partly successful," meaning that he only has to stay in the hospital for another month   (stuff.co.nz) divider line 32
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2007-04-12 12:15:14 AM
"I will continue flying until I can make a perfect landing"

Unfortunately, it doesn't really work that way.

/damn gravity
 
2007-04-12 03:00:59 AM
He'll get it right eventually.

Or die.
 
2007-04-12 03:38:09 AM
Li, who taught himself about aviation by reading books...

Chapter #1: How to take off -- check
Chapter #2: How to fly --------- check
Chapter #3: How to land ------
 
2007-04-12 03:59:07 AM
How To Land was in Book 2 of the series... and it was checked out of the library that day.
 
2007-04-12 03:59:55 AM
"I will continue flying until I can make a perfect landing"

You know, Icarus said the same thing before his flight.
 
2007-04-12 04:07:49 AM
He must of picked up John Denver's how-to pamphlet.

/I want one of these
 
2007-04-12 04:11:32 AM
Which is why my plans for a suicidal, home-built experimental
aircraft include a radio control option.

/Trust me, I'm a qualified aircraft design engineer.
//Really
 
2007-04-12 04:12:23 AM
The government in NZ is a little different. They refrain from telling people what they can't do. Sometimes it works, sometimes people have to crash a couple of times before perfecting a method.

Guess who achieved flight first?
 
2007-04-12 04:17:31 AM
All Apologies
Guess who achieved flight first?


The Aussies?
 
2007-04-12 04:17:55 AM
I'm glad I live in America where you must be somewhat competent to fly. Only a select few get by this, but they kill themselves.
 
2007-04-12 04:18:00 AM
How do you say, "Hey Honey, watch this!" in Chinese?
 
2007-04-12 04:20:05 AM
mdeesnuts

No. Kiwis.
 
2007-04-12 04:22:43 AM
osiriscky3: I'm glad I live in America where you must be somewhat competent to fly.

You can fly ultralights and some other small stuff without a traditional pilots license, I think.
 
2007-04-12 04:22:56 AM
http://www.ctie.monash.edu.au/hargrave/pearse1.html
 
2007-04-12 04:23:19 AM
More power to this guy. People like him are the reason we have planes in the first place. Screw you for calling him a dumbass, Submitter.
 
2007-04-12 04:25:09 AM
Maybe related to this dumbass?

img72.imageshack.us
 
2007-04-12 04:27:48 AM
All Apologies

;)

/learn something new everyday
 
2007-04-12 04:28:38 AM
Some jokers in NZ beat the Wright Brothers to it.
 
2007-04-12 04:32:31 AM
Chester Fields


More power to this guy. People like him are the reason we have planes in the first place. Screw you for calling him a dumbass, Submitter.


Hate to tell you this but humanity invented airplanes over a hundred years ago. Hes a bit late on the ball.
 
2007-04-12 04:34:51 AM
Where's the media been?

/I read about in notes to the editor in Time. The grand daughter wrote a correction letter. It didn't make the cover.
 
2007-04-12 04:39:15 AM
My father worked in China for a while as a consulant to a cell phone company. This thing wouldn't surprise him.

He tells stories of how the engineers would order 17' racks for 19' equipment and then could not fahtom what could possibly be wrong.
 
2007-04-12 04:42:08 AM
Now you know something the media apparently doesn't. Wanna place bets on when they choose to recognize this fact? Hell, it's only been a 100+ years so far.
 
2007-04-12 05:09:13 AM
Go read up on Igor Sikorsky, self taught designer, constructor and pilot. Then he decided to get into what would become helicopters. Also don't forget people like Glen Curtis, were all doing what this guy tried to do.
 
2007-04-12 06:12:27 AM
"The machine just broke!"
 
2007-04-12 06:22:29 AM
sinner3405

Hate to tell you this but humanity invented airplanes over a hundred years ago. Hes a bit late on the ball.


So?
 
2007-04-12 06:28:54 AM
Someone asked who was the first to fly.

The answer is the French in hotair ballons.


First powered flight, some German immigrant in USA. But the Wright brothers got the credit even though they did it later, because they weren't German.


Europeans, like my countryman Ellehammer flew before the news of a succesfull flight had arrived to Europe too btw.
 
2007-04-12 08:25:15 AM
the first human to fly was a gay french guy in Brazil, Alberto Santos-Dumont, Brazil. He's the guy who always had the red scarf. He was also a zepplin pioneer. Orvill and Wilber claim the first manned flight, but it was done in secret, with no witnesses. Santos built airplanes that used the same aerodynamics that are used today with prop planes.

Out here in Utah there are lots of people who make their own powered gliders and paragliders. There are also a lot of UltraLight Aircrafts that are home made, or made out of a kit.

Santos is truley the father of modern flight.
 
2007-04-12 08:28:42 AM
My bad, he was a gay Brazialian guy in Paris France
 
2007-04-12 09:15:40 AM
Detroit_Bob: You can fly ultralights and some other small stuff without a traditional pilots license, I think.

Sort of. You can fly a single seat so long as it falls under FAR 103.What this means is that the craft cannot exceed the following.

Less than 5 US gallons fuel capacity
Empty weight of less than 254 pounds
Top speed of 55 knots
Stall speed 24 knots

And even then you are only allowed to fly during daylight hours over unpopulated areas.

Some weight allowances exist for things like two seat trainers (without license though you'll need a licensed pilot next to you), amphibious landing gear, parachutes, etc...

There are also very specific regulations regarding the use of the ultralight while you are airborne as well. Go by any decent control tower's range doing something you are not supposed to be doing and you will get reported and fined.

You have to be a licensed pilot to carry a passenger in two seats.

/amateur pilot
 
2007-04-12 09:17:23 AM
At least you got his sexual preference correct... that is the main thing.
 
2007-04-12 09:20:47 AM
Any landing you can walk away from is a good landing
Any landing where you can use the airplane again is a *great* landing.

WTB good landing...

/lapsed pilot
 
2007-04-12 09:34:32 AM
Out here in Utah there are plenty of people who fly paragliders over SLC. They aren't supposed to but there really isn't much the FAA can do if they just say that they were in trouble. However I have heard of people getting a stern "speaking to" from the FAA about taking off next to a highway.

A pilot of a small airplane emergency landed down the street from my work in magna. He landed on 201 a small two land road. Yuo gotta do what you gottta do.
 
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