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Really depends on if you prime or not.

-Dan

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Spin Zone / Re: My solution for health insurance
« on: August 12, 2019, 07:23:10 AM »
Add to that price transparency.  The vast majority of medical care is non-emergency.  Make it was for people to comparison shop for that knee replacement, etc.

-Dan

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Pilot Zone / Re: Oshkosh Anybody?
« on: May 30, 2019, 04:08:58 AM »
I will be there, probably with about 20 kids.

I think we are only bringing two of the Tango Flight planes this year.  One for the Airbus booth, and one for (hopefully) the Cleavaland Aircraft Tools booth.

I'm hoping to fly my personal RV-9A in as well.

-Dan

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Spin Zone / Re: Process flow chart
« on: April 01, 2019, 07:50:08 AM »
I have a 1946 J-3 Cub that is licensed as Exp-Exhibition

Long, stupid story..

The only restriction I have found in the almost three years I've been flying it is that I have to send a program letter to the FAA once a year listing the air shows I intend to attend (doesn't matter if I do or not).

I can fly the plane for any "training" purposes.  and my test area is the continental united states.  So, not really a limitation of any significance.

-Dan

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Spin Zone / Re: "A software fix"
« on: March 29, 2019, 07:27:51 AM »
Scary story.

Have a Phd friend that is doing some REALLY high level AI stuff.  Interestingly they are using GPU's to do the heavy processing.

Anyway, they developed a system that could analyze MRI's, etc.  It very quickly got to the point that it was way better than a doctor at detecting anomalies.  Then the scary part.  It has started exhibiting behaviours (it is a learning algorithm) that they can not explain.  i.e. it is doing things it shouldn't be.  Small scale at this point, but Skynet stuff...

-Dan

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Pilot Zone / Re: Boeing Acquires ForeFlight
« on: March 08, 2019, 07:47:18 AM »
And since I've turned this into an RV thread, let me also add :).

I've flown most of the RV models (not an 8 unfortunately), and they are one great flying airplanes, and two if you can fly one, you just need to learn the numbers for the others and you will be able to fly them. 

The 9a(mine) and the 10 (four place) fly so much alike that insurance let me do my transition training in a 10.  First time I ever flew an RV-9a as PIC was on my first flight.  Almost identical flight characteristics.

-Dan

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Pilot Zone / Re: Boeing Acquires ForeFlight
« on: March 08, 2019, 07:45:00 AM »
That's just about a perfect mix!  Good for you!  Thanks for the heads up on the RV-12, as that is on my radar also.  It's hard to beat the Vans lineup.  I'm surprised they don't get more discussion.  I think the RV-6's are nice too, and they seem to be going for less money than the 7's, but still have excellent performance.  I don't need to haul a lot of stuff, nor back seaters anymore, so.......

For some reason the RV-6 sells at a discount.  I guess because folks want the newer model (7).  However, as long as you get one with the updated rudder (or don't mind doing/having it done) you can get some really good deals on some very nice 6's.  I've seen people get a basic VFR (older) panel, mid time engine RV-6(a) in the low 40's.  For what that plane will do, that is an incredible deal.

-Dan

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Pilot Zone / Re: Boeing Acquires ForeFlight
« on: March 08, 2019, 07:42:32 AM »
Just sucks if you find yourself needing a back seat or extended luggage space.

I've been flying my 9a for four years (next month) and close to 500 hours.  I can easily count on one hand the number of times I really needed a four place plane in that time.  Fortunately for me I have access to a Cardinal and a 182 when I need them.

As far as luggage space.  I have never understood that argument.  I can easily fit camping gear and clothes for the wife and I for an entire week in the plane.  Access is a bit of a hassle (side door would be nice) but 100 pounds of luggage space is plenty for anything reasonable.

-Dan

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Pilot Zone / Re: Boeing Acquires ForeFlight
« on: March 08, 2019, 06:21:02 AM »
You can't touch that performance with a factory built plane.  I thought my Tiger was efficient.  135 KTAS on 10 GPH.  Plus you have great short field performance.  I may start looking for an RV-7 or similar that has already been built as I don't want to build.  Another option is a light sport. 

The RV-9 sounds like a near perfect mix of compromises, as all planes are.

I also have a 1946 J-3 that was my Grandfathers.  Between the 9 to go places fast, and the J-3 for low and slow it covers just about everything I want to do, other than build another plane.... Hmm, maybe an Rv-14 :)

-Dan

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Pilot Zone / Re: Boeing Acquires ForeFlight
« on: March 08, 2019, 06:19:20 AM »
You can't touch that performance with a factory built plane.  I thought my Tiger was efficient.  135 KTAS on 10 GPH.  Plus you have great short field performance.  I may start looking for an RV-7 or similar that has already been built as I don't want to build.  Another option is a light sport. 

The RV-9 sounds like a near perfect mix of compromises, as all planes are.

7 is also a great airplane.  I went with the 9, and gave up the aerobatics capability for the more efficient wing.  my 9(A, nose wheel) does best between about 8 and 14k feet.

If you are interested in a basically brand new RV-12 or RV-12iS let me know.  I run a non-profit that builds RV-12's in high schools around the country.  We just sold (I believe) the first RV-12iS resale and have one more iS, or the "older" RV-12 for sale.  Built by students with direct supervision of guys that have literally built dozens of planes between them.

our web site is www.tangoflight.org.  Web site is a bit old.  We are working with Wichita State University Shocker lab to redesign the web site and the new one should be live by next Wednesday. 


-Dan

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Pilot Zone / Re: Boeing Acquires ForeFlight
« on: March 08, 2019, 05:30:46 AM »
That's a really nice airplane.

Thanks, Wife and I built it, and we have really enjoyed it.  Amazingly capable, plane.  147knots TAS on 6.25 GPH.  Full IFR, three axis AP, etc.  I just push buttons and land :).

-Dan

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Pilot Zone / Re: Boeing Acquires ForeFlight
« on: March 07, 2019, 08:20:16 AM »
My foreflight subscription just expired 3/1.

With them jacking the cost of the premium sub up to $300, I decided to switch to Garmin Pilot for this year.

My RV-9A is a full Garmin panel.  Twin G3X Touch, GTN650, etc.  So far I'm fairly impressed, and at 1/2 the price ($150) it is a much easier hit on the wallet.

-Dan

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I'll let the SCOTUS weigh in on that one.  As reactionary as it is now, I can't believe they'd allow something that so alters the separation of powers.

You do realize that the President declaring a national emergency goes all the way back to Washington, and we are under over 30 right now?

-Dan

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Pilot Zone / Re: Kitfox
« on: February 04, 2019, 06:39:58 PM »
The prices seem right on them.  I have little experience with the Rotax engines, but they don't look to difficult.

We use the Rotax engines with our RV-12’s.  They are really nice engines.  I was a bit learry of them initially, but they have turned out to be great engines.

-Dan

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Pilot Zone / Re: Kitfox
« on: February 04, 2019, 06:19:41 PM »
Not directly, but several friends have or have built them.

My impression is a solid, nice weather, go slow, door open J-3 type plane.

-Dan

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