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Re: Wild West Aircraft

Postby messenger » Wed Sep 24, 2014 6:01 pm

Steve, MY airmaster got damaged and is in new zealand for repair. They are asking me if I want the original warp drive blades or whirlwind blades. what is your opinion on my choices? Thanks R L Messenger
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Re: Wild West Aircraft

Postby taildrgfun » Wed Sep 24, 2014 7:37 pm

I have never had Warp Drive taper tip blades so I don't know which is better. 75" Kiev blades pull harder than 75" Whirlwind blades but I don't know about Warp.
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Re: Wild West Aircraft

Postby taildrgfun » Tue Oct 14, 2014 2:31 pm

I went to an awesome fly-in in Nevada this weekend. Here are a few pics.
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playing in the mudpuddle
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Re: Wild West Aircraft

Postby taildrgfun » Tue Oct 14, 2014 2:38 pm

I would put more pics but it keeps telling me the file size is too big with only one at a time. :(
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Re: Wild West Aircraft

Postby bluemax » Wed Oct 15, 2014 6:49 am

Wow Steve,

That upper photo is certainly "magazine worthy" ! I suspect we will be seeing it elsewhere throughout the aviation publications.
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Re: Wild West Aircraft

Postby Tralika » Wed Oct 15, 2014 11:22 am

Definitely a WOW photo. Thanks for posting it. Looks like you had a good time.
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Re: Wild West Aircraft

Postby levyland » Thu Oct 16, 2014 3:27 am

Steve that picture is amazing. Hopefully I have your permission to use it on my screen saver. Thanks again for all of the "spiritual counselling" with the props. I will keep you posted Cheer John
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Re: Wild West Aircraft

Postby taildrgfun » Thu Oct 16, 2014 11:21 am

Another pic from the High Sierra Flyin taken by Brent Beck.
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Re: Wild West Aircraft

Postby taildrgfun » Mon Dec 15, 2014 11:42 pm

I got a Prince 80-42 on my 110hp Highlander and it is working very well! 5,300 static rpm, cruise 95 mph at 5,500. Take off and climb out are awesome! Totally spanks my Kiev even when pitched at 5,800 for take off!
I ordered an 80-40 today to try on my buddy's 100hp SS. We tried my 80-42 on his SS ahd he said it didn't take off as good as with his 82-38 Catto but it went quite a bit faster. It pulled his static rpm down to 5,000. I expect the 80-40 to go around 5,300 rpm. I also expect that it will take off at least as good as his 82-38 catto and that it will go faster for sure.

Here are a couple pictures I took yesterday of my Highlander with the 80-42 Prince.
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Re: Wild West Aircraft

Postby levyland » Sat Dec 20, 2014 2:52 pm

I have a ordered a 80 x 40 Prince as well. I really like my 80 x 38 as it has increased my ground speed by 10 knots! It pulls 5450 on static and I agree with Steve it has a better takeoff than the Catto. If anyone is thinking about ordering a prop sit tight till we get the 80 x40 on the stock 912ULS and will let you know the results. It seems if you have a 914 the 80 x42 is the way to go.
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Re: Wild West Aircraft

Postby BRS » Sun Dec 21, 2014 1:40 am

Hey Steve,
Do you have the weight of that 80-42? I'm wondering what the difference would be compared to wharpdrive on my machine. This might be a big help with the forward CG and provide some umph as well.
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Re: Wild West Aircraft

Postby taildrgfun » Sun Dec 21, 2014 11:29 am

Brock I didn't weigh it but I would bet that it is lighter than a Warp drive and I KNOW you would get more umph. Only 2 blades, wood core with carbon fiber cover, no aluminum hub with extra pinch bolts. It is not heavy.
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Re: Wild West Aircraft

Postby taildrgfun » Mon Apr 06, 2015 12:36 pm

Many of you probably saw or heard somehow that I had a landing incident at Murphy, Idaho, on Friday. Sheeeesh, I was even on the news! It was very minor and I am already flying the airplane again. Makes you wonder if you can believe anything on the news, the way they reported on this! I was practicing landing as short as possible and I pushed it ever so slightly too far with a barrow pit being beside me. I tried to fly out of it like I have done many times before, but my tire hit the barrow pit before it was ready to fly. I broke the prop and the gear leg. Didn't hurt me a bit.

Weather permitting, I am planning to fly my SuperSTOL to Llano, Texas, for the STOL competition this weekend. My friend, Paul, is planning to fly my Highlander down there so I can compete in both of them. I have my Highlander working better than I have ever had any of them working.
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Re: Wild West Aircraft

Postby kenryan » Mon Apr 06, 2015 12:45 pm

Steve, I knew from the news report that you were fine, but it did sound like the airplane suffered more than it actually did. So what actually happens to the gear leg when it "breaks?" Did it also bend up the fuselage attach point? Glad you are flying again so quickly. Give 'em hell in Texas!
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Re: Wild West Aircraft

Postby moving2time » Mon Apr 06, 2015 12:47 pm

Steve, Didn't you install one of the Big Bore engines on your Highlander? Now that you have some time on it how would you compare it to your 914? Joe B
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