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Old Mar 27, 2007, 03:01 PM
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Big Floyd has never flown. It was on its maiden takeoff run when the drive belt failed. You can read Hans' description of the attempt here:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1131

Hans has said several times that he wants to try again this summer. But please remember that Big Floyd may not be at the top of his priority list. Little things like getting his engiineering degree and finding a job are important, too!

Hans has successfully flown the 24-foot version, Pink Floyd, and the videos should be around somewhere.

- Jeff
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Old Mar 28, 2007, 01:00 AM
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I'm not sure if anyone has said this.. but I'll go ahead and say it'll never fly..
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Old Mar 28, 2007, 01:02 AM
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I'm not sure if anyone has said this.. but I'll go ahead and say it'll never fly..
Is that for good luck?

As in the theater, "break a leg”?

Will
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Old Mar 28, 2007, 01:05 AM
Fly it like you stole it..
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No, it's just an observation..

I'd love to see it fly..
I'd also love to win the lottery..

Two things I doubt will ever happen.. It's just one of those things..

Hans has obviously lost interest..
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Old Mar 28, 2007, 01:08 AM
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He's still around. Guess we'll all have to wait and see.

Will
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Old Mar 28, 2007, 01:24 AM
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I'd say give him until Late May early June. The man is in college right? He's probably doing engineering right? Well then I know what he's going through. I fly ocassionally but not as much as before obviously. However, whenever I can catch a break I'm downstairs. The other thing is final exams and all other work that teachers are behind on is scramming up right about now so the workload is ridiculous. Patience I guess Let's hope I'm right I can see Tram's point of view but I don't think after putting so much time and effort into something like this you would simply abandon it. Who knows though, I'm just assuming
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Old Mar 28, 2007, 05:55 AM
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It has been a while. His maiden attempt was in 05. What happened in 06? The thing was left requiring some additional repairs or something...I know I had a hell of a lot more free time in college than I have these days and I am more productive these days, it comes down to priorities. I'd like to see it fly, too, but the longer it sits on the shelf the less likely that becomes.
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Old Mar 28, 2007, 08:26 AM
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True, people can lose interest in things... but that is a lot of expensive equipment to just have sitting around not doing anything. He's probably got several thousand dollars tied up in motors, batteries, ESC's servo's and thats not even taking into consideration the airframe.

I would love to take the project over but honestly, I just bought a house so I obviously don't have a few thousand dollars sitting around that I can spend on a possible money pit project.

Personally, I think a good sized gas engine would get her in the air in a few weeks... Sell the motors, batteries and ESC's and buy an engine??? What do you think???

--Jeremy
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Old Mar 28, 2007, 08:49 AM
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I hope his batteries haven't lost a lot of their capacity over this long period of time


David ... longing to see the Big Floyd fly ....
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Old Mar 28, 2007, 09:04 AM
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With all of the batteries, motors and ESC's and gearbox, I am guessing that the power system is in the ballpark of 25lbs... There are powered paraglider engines that weigh maybe 30 or 40 lbs that will put out about 150 lbs of thrust. Big Floyd doesn't need nearly that much thrust so there has got to be an engine out there that would be perfect...

Anyone??
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Old Mar 28, 2007, 09:14 AM
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With all of the batteries, motors and ESC's and gearbox, I am guessing that the power system is in the ballpark of 25lbs... There are powered paraglider engines that weigh maybe 30 or 40 lbs that will put out about 150 lbs of thrust. Big Floyd doesn't need nearly that much thrust so there has got to be an engine out there that would be perfect...

Anyone??
Yeah, gas would have worked from the start but I think they went with electric partly for the heck of it, not because it was the superior platform for this...
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Old Mar 28, 2007, 09:20 AM
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Yeah, gas would have worked from the start but I think they went with electric partly for the heck of it, not because it was the superior platform for this...
I agree... At this point, I just want to see it in the air!!!!!!
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Old Mar 28, 2007, 10:53 AM
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Hi All,
Let us not forget that Hans is in school some 250 miles from the small town where the plane is stored and that he had a summer job last year. Also, most of the "crew" at the initial maiden attempt were college-age buddies of his who have since been spread on the winds. It takes a fair alignment of the heavens to make an attempt with this plane...we'll just have to wait and see.
Regards,
Scott
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Old Mar 28, 2007, 11:12 AM
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Where was the attempt?? I'm in the twin cities and wouldn't mind driving a few hours to help.

If people have their hearts set on electric, these guys are getting 150ish lbs of thrust about 30 minute flight times with these motors... Maybe they would be willing to help out a little...

http://www.electricppg.com/Developments/index.htm

--Jeremy
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Old Mar 28, 2007, 11:55 AM
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I does seem that Hans has lost interest, or at least a passion for it. As I recall, the 24 footer was build in a Dorm room and hallway.

Someone should buy it from him and finish it off. Someone besides myself of course.

Phil
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