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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:36 pm
by JPXman
check this out

youtube clip

I see awesome closeups of that KFM lazair (i think dave A. has those engines now?) and I think i see a redrive powered pioneer lazair taking off with a cool bob C in the cockpit?


PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 12:10 pm
by Shannon
Pretty cool. Thomas Walters plane (and Dave A's engines) when Tony Gilbert owned it. Hey maybe we will get to see a video of the plane below flying before long ?

PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 7:14 pm
by uscgairdale
Yea. I second that one, we all want to see that EC in the air!

Got another few hours to put on mine and the phase one flight testing is complete for my experimental status. Man, this "real airplane" stuff is a lot like work.


PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 12:31 am
by Chappy

Wow, that's wild. Thanks! That video is over a quarter century old - and I've never seen it (like most all of the video shot of it all those years ago). I wonder if I can get a high resolution copy from them?

That take off at Sun N' Fun's ultralight strip is to the East over the fence and the Piper factory. I figured if I lost an engine, I could land on the roof. At least one Quicksilver did land and take back off there - big show off! Notice the Airshow configuration - an almost empty fuel tank for maximum performance takeoff. BTW, my plane's weight as seen in this video is 195 pounds dry, I weighed 175 back then, plus I'm sure I had my steel tie-downs, tool kit and spare spark plugs in the boot. Considering that, not too bad a take off on only 11 horsepower.

Ain't that Mylar pretty?!!


If the EC still looked anywhere close to that good when I purchased it, it would already be in the air. The engines have been rebuilt, but nothing has been done on the airframe yet. It makes me sadder than you guys.


PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 1:38 pm
by lazairkid
And Here is the lazair now with out the KFM's and with Solo 210's

PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 4:09 pm
by Shannon
Thomas ! I don't believe anyone has asked and I don't think you have said but.... HOW DOES IT FLY ? Solo's, Redives, 44" P-tips, Spoilers..people want to know ?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 5:32 pm
by lazairiii
Hey, I'm an inquiring mind too! Thomas? Let's hear!

PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 9:47 pm
by lazairkid
It flies O.K. a little slow on the controls than what I'm use to.
The engines perform nicely, around 100 Lb of thrust each. The carbs have to be tuned every week or two depending on the temp.
Unfourtionaly last Sept one of the guys I shared a hanger with pushed his airplanes rudder trim tabs into my ruddervators and put a 8" cut in both ruddervators so I have not been flying it. I have a Rans s-14 that I fly.
I thought about recovering the tail in fabric this time, but I'm busy finishing
up on building my own hanger right now.
The Solo's are a good replacement for the KFM's and the 185's I think..

PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 9:50 pm
by lazairkid
pic II

PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 10:14 am
by Shannon
Thomas were you able to record any preliminary performance figures...i.e take off distance, climb rate, speeds, sink rate (engines at idle and/or spoliers deployed)..ect ect.