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(YouTube)   Spirit Airlines announces new cost-cutting and releases accompanying behind-the-scenes documentary   (youtube.com) divider line 15
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693 clicks; posted to Business » on 29 May 2013 at 8:08 AM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-05-29 08:10:50 AM
Jealous, subby.
 
2013-05-29 08:22:17 AM
The film crew did bother to stick around a couple of days for take off?  Or did they they take one look at that front wheel assembly and immediately know it was going to be one "unexpected delay" after another for years to come?
 
2013-05-29 08:26:02 AM
Someone call me when the video of him augering into the ground is posted.
 
2013-05-29 08:29:12 AM
That front wheel is a horrible design. Hope he knows more than he lets on about proper aerodynamic design, though. There's a hell of a lot more too it that putting a wing-shaped bar somewhere on the fuselage and having ailerons/elevator/tail. Makes me wonder about center of gravity and the strength of his homemade wing spar first. It sounds light enough to get off the ground if that engine and prop can deliver at least 140HP or so, but he's going to kill himself if the wings fold up the first time he makes a turn....
 
2013-05-29 08:30:52 AM
While I applaud the guy, stuff like this always seems the same. Some journalist says, "Oh, how cute, someone in a third world country is trying to make a machine out of junk". They do a feel good fluff piece on them and then never come back because they never expect the person to succeed. It'll either never get off the ground, or it will, and then it'll become a lawn dart.

I'd love for one of these pieces to actually come back to the maker six months or a year later, but it'll never happen because stuff like this feels like it's taking the "how quaint" angle.
 
2013-05-29 08:30:53 AM
That front wheel is a horrible design. Hope he knows more than he lets on about proper aerodynamic design, thoughtoo. There's a hell of a lot more too it that than putting a wing-shaped bar somewhere on the fuselage and having ailerons/elevator/tail. Makes me wonder about center of gravity and the strength of his homemade wing spar first. It sounds light enough to get off the ground if that engine and prop can deliver at least 140HP or so, but he's going to kill himself if the wings fold up the first time he makes a turn....

//FTFM... it's too early
 
2013-05-29 08:38:58 AM
This guy should have started by building models. Would have learned a lot without any risk at lower cost.  The overall proportions look about right, but the center of gravity may not be on the wing spar like it should.  I'm looking at his aileron/flaperon design and while it could perhaps work, it is going to be inefficient and it is also going to add a lot of drag. The engine mount and fuse are clearly not strong enough to support the engine without a crutch, so it will probably tear off during the full-power takeoff run. His wheels are horrible and he's likely to ground-loop when he applies power.


How many cartridges left for his Kauffman starter?
 
2013-05-29 08:39:46 AM
Here's the followup video (yes seriously, and no it didn't go well):http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=a-_dsNTZ ch0
 
2013-05-29 08:51:57 AM

dukeblue219: Here's the followup video (yes seriously, and no it didn't go well):http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=a-_dsNTZ ch0


That went better than expected, actually. When I opened the link, I had assumed the front wheel would have fallen off, or that it'd pull up only to lawndart back down. Looks like his engine isn't nearly powerful enough to get him to any kind of takeoff speed. Unfortunately I have no sound at the moment so I have no idea what the commentator is saying.
 
2013-05-29 09:13:54 AM
 
2013-05-29 09:31:32 AM
Surprised subby didn't toss in an Obama reference.
 
2013-05-29 11:06:16 AM

dukeblue219: Here's the followup video (yes seriously, and no it didn't go well):http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=a-_dsNTZ ch0


I love the "close your eyes" welding technique they're working with at 1:30.
 
2013-05-29 12:13:32 PM
The followup videos says he poured more than 500,000 Kenyan Shillings into the plane. Which converts to be about $5,900 USD.

I think he overpaid.
 
2013-05-29 12:36:52 PM
He keeps adding wings and canards and more lifting surface, without regard to Center of gravity issues or induced and profile drag and weight.

Throw that shiat away and start from scratch with a tube and fabric structure, pal.
 
2013-05-29 05:54:16 PM

Easy Reader: I love the "close your eyes" welding technique they're working with at 1:30.


Better than not closing your eyes.  I, too, kind of chuckled, but was glad to see he wasn't being an idiot with a welder.
 
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