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Kenyan Homebuilt test run

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Hal Bryan
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#1 Posted: 10/13/2010 13:07:22


 



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Alisa Jenquin
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#2 Posted: 10/13/2010 16:37:00

I'm rooting for him!
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Wayne Mansfield
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#3 Posted: 10/14/2010 19:10:36 Modified: 10/14/2010 19:14:51

You have GOT to give him A for effort. It's all about the spirit of aviation. This man has little or no access to materials, training or technology, yet he is giving it a try. Having been to various parts of Africa, I can only imagine the difficulties he faces in getting the most basic materials. Looks like he could use a copy of AC 43-13. Anyone got the means to reach him and send it on? Imagine what it would mean to him to have some basic guidance.


 



Peter Bednar
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#4 Posted: 10/14/2010 20:18:19

The airfoils and general layout look fine for flying, but did I hear that correctly for the weight?  800kg loaded?   I coldn't discern the exact engine type other than Toyota, presumably a light pickup engine.   He might be just a bit too heavy.



John Huebbe
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#5 Posted: 10/14/2010 20:24:25

I'm rooting for him, but I think it will be too heavy.

Also, it says in the article that the prop is 74 running at 4000rpm.  Is this right?  If so, wouldn't the tips be supersonic?  Maybe he has a redrive on the front of it?  I could't tell from the video.

Considering where he is from and what he has to work with, I give him an A.  I've seen worse home-built projects from people in the USA.



Denis Jacobs
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#6 Posted: 10/15/2010 08:19:24

This is great, I would hope he joined EAA to enable him to use the resources that we take for granted.

But has everyone forgotten something?  Does he have any previous flight experience or training?

This alone could spell disaster.  He is in our prayers.



Dave Prizio
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#7 Posted: 10/15/2010 11:41:29

I admire his initiative, but I pray that he never gets it off the ground. If he does, I am very afraid it will be the last thing he ever does in this life. It it too bad that we can't find a way to help him realize his dream in a way that is more likely to lead to success.



Gary Zilik
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#8 Posted: 10/15/2010 14:58:57

I wish him luck although I believe if he actually manages to generate enough lift the wings will fail before he gets off the ground. Where do you think he got the prop from?



Christian Sturm
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#9 Posted: 10/15/2010 15:34:26

I saw a follow up video that said the Kenyan govt will not let him fly it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPsjlwjU39U

EAA should do a goodwill program and fly him to Oshkosh, put him through the Sportair workshops, maybe some flight training, and give him a set of plans for a Zenith 701 or 750. Send him back with the knowledge he needs to build a worthwhile airplane. Would make for great press and Gabriel might actually achieve his dream.



Alisa Jenquin
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#10 Posted: 10/15/2010 16:22:18

Thanks for the follow up Christian. Imagine what he could do with proper training and tools.



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Joe LaMantia
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#11 Posted: 10/16/2010 15:22:07

I love this guy!  Christian is right he needs some training and a helping hand.  If EAA or somebody wants to lend him a hand I'd like to throw a few $$ into the pot.  I'm glad his govt. is looking out for his best interests, this is one case where govt. interference is a good thing.  


Joe

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James Osborn
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#12 Posted: 10/17/2010 00:14:39

Agreed he has passion and enthusiasm.  But that is a death trap, pure and simple.  I doubt it will get off the ground, but he could still hurt or kill himself just trying.  I love the idea of sending him to Oshkosh and giving him some flying lessons.  It would either energize him further or make him realize that flying is not easy or inherently safe!  How do we make this happen?