Wild West Aircraft

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Re: Wild West Aircraft

Postby av8rps » Tue Oct 24, 2017 10:44 pm

Saying the Highlander and the Kitfox can hold its own against a Carbon Cub (that can cost 3 to 5 times more $$) really says it all.

The day I look forward to is when unless you have some sort of Dean Wilson design or derivative (like the Kitfox or the Highlander) it won't pay to enter the contest :lol:
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Re: Wild West Aircraft

Postby MN Snowy1 » Sat Oct 28, 2017 2:29 pm

Add a low boost turbo on that Apex motor for Yee Haw 6 and it'd be "game over" for the Carbon Cub and anyone else who dares! :wink:

http://mcxpressturbos.com/turbo-kits/sn ... maha/apex/
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Re: Wild West Aircraft

Postby av8rps » Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:27 pm

Geez, I can't imagine 290 hp on a Highlander!!!!

Yee Haw!
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Re: Wild West Aircraft

Postby FlyerChief » Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:48 pm

Can you say... "Folding Wings" !!! :lol: :lol: :lol:
When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. ~Henry Ford
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Re: Wild West Aircraft

Postby MN Snowy1 » Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:55 pm

Whoops, I linked the high boost (290 HP) option.

More reasonable (both monetarily and with respect to VNE) may be the 5-7 psi (220 HP) FPP stage 1 kit. Incredibly reliable in sleds they say:

http://www.fullpowerperformance.com/yam ... t-4499-00/

But seriously, my turbo idea is really rhetorical anyway. The motor may safely do 220+ HP all day long, but considering the available PSRU, clutch and propeller options, I (bieng the self admitted chicken s$#t that I am) would not dare try it until driveline components specifically designed and proven become available.

But now enough of this crazy talk from me. My apologies to the Wild West forum for going astray. :mrgreen:
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Re: Wild West Aircraft

Postby taildrgfun » Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:08 pm

TD1 when you were talking about the stol drag race in Nevada you were right when you said my wheels stopped before Marks did which was all that mattered, it didn’t make any difference what the tail did and they mis-called the winner I think before he even thought about what he was saying. Because I couldn’t see Mark’s plane behind me I didn’t realize that I had actually won until later when several people told me that I had and that we needed to look at the video. The guys that called Mark the winner looked at it and they said clearly I had beat him but they had already made the call and it was all done and over and they weren’t going to change it.
Next year I’m going to have to spank them so badly that it’s not even close enough to wonder who won. I am more motivated than ever now after winning but being awarded second place. It is some good close racing, when I won it last year I only won by 1/2 second that time as well. Both times were in my Yamaha powered Highlander and both times it came down to me against a Carbon Cub for the final and both times the Carbon Cub had a really really good pilot.
I was friends with all these guys involved in this scoring mess up and I am still good friends with them, I’m just a lot more motivated now to win by a big margin next year. I’m building myself a new Highlander now and it should be even better and faster than the one I’m flying now, and this one is fast.

Starting from a dead stop I hit 110 miles an hour before chopping the power and throwing it into a hard side slip at about 10’ agl and landing 3/4 of a mile from where we took off from. Then I whip the airplane around and do the same thing going back the other direction where the race started from. It is incredibly fun and exciting when you are doing it!!


Another one of my friends lived and flew back country in Alaska for over 30 years and he said that this stol drag race was the most fun he’s ever had in his airplane.
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Re: Wild West Aircraft

Postby av8rps » Thu Nov 02, 2017 12:18 am

Very interesting to hear the details on the STOL drag Steve. You are the poster child of a good sport.

It will be bad for your competitors to have you so motivated to beat them next year. But it will be good for all of us to learn what you will be doing with your newest Highlander to improve its performance, as every one you build just seems to get better and better. I look forward to hearing more about your newest Highlander.

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Re: Wild West Aircraft

Postby TD1 » Thu Nov 02, 2017 2:25 am

Yeah, the tail drop or whatever it was what they called it over on the HSF facebook page. They stated there that was the reason it was awarded to MP. I don't know the minutia of the rules (and at times they seem to make them up as they go...) Makes sense that "to a stop" would mean when your wheels stopped turning. Not how many times your tail bounced.

There is a pretty tight click of carbon cub cultists in that group you run in Steve. Great planes for sure, but pretty much store bought. And a group that worships what can be bought with enough money. Not many that actually do (or can do) any of their own work on the plane they "built".

I was blown away they allow CC's a 51% build by having the new owner come to the factory and run some stamping presses and some CNC machines for a week to make a few parts for "his" plane.... then tell him to come back in 6 months to pick up your finished "homebuilt" plane after they assemble, cover, paint, mount engine, avionics, etc...... Seems a bit chicken guano that works around the spirit of the rules.

That the highlanders and kitfoxes will stand toe to toe and more with with their quarter million dollar babies..... you can hear the frustration in their voices.....=D

Keep up the good fight! Hee Haw 6!
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Re: Wild West Aircraft

Postby Tralika » Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:19 pm

For those of you thinking about the RX1 engine, I happened across this ad for and engine for sale in Arizona. $1600 sounds like a pretty good deal rather than buying a whole snowmachine. The ad is only a couple of days old. Someone should jump on it. What a snowmachine is doing in Gilbert Arizona I have no idea!

http://www.sledfinds.com/yamaha-rx-1-for-sale
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