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Pilot Wannabe

PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 8:21 pm
by eric_marsh
I'm just starting to get involved in flying but I have a long history with engines and vehicles. Back in the seventies to the early eighties I worked as an automotive engine builder and machinist. I've done a bit of racing over the years, mostly motorcycle drag racing. I got my Super Comp dragster drivers license and was just starting on another dragster when I decided that I really want to do something new. Flying has always been attractive but I thought out of my reach. Looking at my dragster project I decided that rather than spending a bunch of money on something that I will take out occasionally for a few brief rides I thought that for the same amount of money I could probably find myself an inexpensive airplane.

I've been spending a lot of time doing research on aviation and airplanes lately and since I understand engines in particular that's something that I've been thinking about a lot. From what I see many aircraft engines are very "old tech" but I understand the importance of reliability and understand why change comes very slowly. There are some things in particular that I'm quite curious about such as how the effects cylinder head design and volumetric efficiency play out. I'm thinking of starting a thread dealing with that subject and seeing what people have to say about it.

Eric

Re: Pilot Wannabe

PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 11:57 am
by Sean_Caranna
Not sure how I missed your post before but welcome to the forums!

Have you had a chance to do any flying yet?

Re: Pilot Wannabe

PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 10:40 pm
by eric_marsh
Thanks! I spent an hour and a half today flying in circles and bouncing up and down in thermals. :)

Eric

Re: Pilot Wannabe

PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 12:12 am
by Sean_Caranna
eric_marsh wrote:Thanks! I spent an hour and a half today flying in circles and bouncing up and down in thermals. :)

Eric


Oh Yeah! That's the good stuff there!