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Aug 26, 2006, 01:31 AM
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I this project abandoned? I don't think it is ever going to fly.
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Aug 26, 2006, 02:22 AM
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Hans has a life outside floyd. Chill.
Aug 26, 2006, 02:51 AM
Fly it like you stole it..
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NO!!! There is no life outside of floyd!
Aug 28, 2006, 12:36 PM
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That's interesting stuff about the propeller, Flieslikeabeagle.

I just got back to Madison, I was home in Washburn for a couple days spending some time up there before school starts. I discovered that the fuselage of Big Floyd had a raccoon and several squirrels living in it! I cleaned it out and patched up some holes in it.

Once we have a power system, Big Floyd will fly. It hasn't been a huge priority for me lately though.

Aug 28, 2006, 06:12 PM
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So you don't think it could fly with a racoon and a couple of squirrels in it???
I vote to leave 'em in there...

Aug 28, 2006, 07:22 PM
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looks like a GWS prop
Slow moving propellers should all look about the same. One of Larrabee's accolades made the comment that the Daedalus couldn't have flown without his prop. We tend to have so much excess power we tend to ignore propeller choice, which should have equal priority with wing design.

Larrabee wrote a paper called "The Daedalus Propeller: A Modern Application of Classical Propeller Theory" around 1980. His work was based on German research in 1919 that had been neglected since most research was on high-speed props by 1940. Indoor free-flight props were the original ones with that "Daedelus" look. The German CF ones of today look mean.

Aug 29, 2006, 06:11 AM
What...me worry?
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That plane would fly just fine with the Racoon and a couple squirrels in it...provided they were strapped in to preserve the center of gravity. I was there (the little red Honda dwarfed by the fuselage is mine) for the flight attempt and saw what Hans put in the nose to balance Big Floyd!
I have no doubts about Floyd's ability to fly. There was plenty of "punch"...it was on its tippy-toes when the drive belt failed as Hans eased on the power...around three-quarter throttle, maybe? The tail came up instantly! Structurally, it is sound enough to lumber about at the slow speed required by its ridiculously low wing loading.
There does need to be a photo of it in the air, though...and I'm sure Hans will get to it, but he is busy with engineering school, and earning his way through said school, 250-plus miles from where Big Floyd is "hangared".
I hope to make the trip (shorter than his) and again be a member of the "ground crew" when the time finally comes!
Scott T. Peterson
Aug 29, 2006, 01:46 PM
I get high on flying!
Thanks for the update Hans, keep us posted!

If you leave the raccoon and squirrels in there make sure you put them in a cage, otherwise you might have foam confetti trailing behind the first flight

Aug 29, 2006, 02:13 PM
What...me worry?
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And....get them to wave at the camera?
Aug 29, 2006, 02:54 PM
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Is it legal for a raccoon to fly without a PPL.
Aug 29, 2006, 02:57 PM
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Is the smaller Floyd (I don't remember if it was 20' or 25') still in existence?

Aug 29, 2006, 03:03 PM
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Originally Posted by rebell
Is it legal for a raccoon to fly without a PPL.
As long as it's not carrying a box cutter.

Aug 29, 2006, 05:47 PM
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Yes, the 24' floyd is still in existence. It's ready to fly, I just haven't flown it in a while. If anyone wants to buy it send me a PM..
Aug 29, 2006, 05:58 PM
Think 3D :)
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Originally Posted by flybike
I just haven't flown it in a while..
so the big floyd has actually flown??
Aug 29, 2006, 06:26 PM
It's been a while.
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Originally Posted by Aidan
so the big floyd has actually flown??
His 24 foot version, not the 50 foot....

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