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Any Volksplane builders in British Columbia?

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Martin Wilson
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#1 Posted: 3/16/2010 23:13:01

Are there any past or present Volksplane builders in BC?  I'm on Vancouver Island (Qualicum Beach) and would love to get together with other builders.  I'm early on in my project, half way through the stabilator, rudder almost done, fuselage next.

 

Martin



Steven Smart
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#2 Posted: 3/20/2010 09:49:03

Hi Martin,

Unfortunately I am neither building a VP-1 nor located in BC. But I sure do have a soft spot for the VP-1, it's the aircraft that got me interested in homebuilts because as a kid it looked just like a big version of the model planes I was building. It still fascinates me.

Good luck, be interested in hearing more of your progress.

Regards,

Steven Smart, Winnipeg.



Martin Wilson
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#3 Posted: 3/21/2010 19:39:10

Steven

 

Exactly why I chose it.  I like the simplicity, ease of build and good engineering behind it.  Oh, and I also like the comparative cheapness of the project although I suspect it's risen about ten fold since Bud Evans figured you could build for about a $1000!

 

Cheers,  Martin

 



Larry Thompson
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#4 Posted: 3/30/2010 13:43:16

Hi  Martin

              I  built a VP 1  and  flew  it  from  1973  until  1950  I  put  over  400  hours  on  it  my   friend  George  built  one  at  the  same  time  we  flew  around  together  and  had  a  lot  of  fun. 

             I  Have   4  or  5  wing  ribs  left  over  from  our  volksplanes  which  were  routed  out  from  a  pattern  also  the full size ribs  for  the  rudder  which  you  could  use   to  trace  the  ribs  from  if  you  havn't  done  them  yet.

             I  live  in  Surrey  on  the  west  edge  of  the  langley  airport  control  zone  .

             You  can  have  the  rib  patterns  if  they  are  any  use  to  you

                                                                Sincerely  Larry 



Martin Wilson
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#5 Posted: 3/30/2010 19:50:21

Larry

 

Thanks so much for your kind offer, I'm actually building a VP-2 so all the ribs are a little larger.  So far I've built the rudder and stabilator including the anti servo tab, next is the fuselage.  Any building tips you remember that you can pass on?  So far, it's been remarkabley straightforward but then it is a very simple constuction compared to most aircraft out there.

Thanks again,  Martin



Larry Thompson
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#6 Posted: 4/2/2010 01:16:09

Martin

       Do  you  belong  to  RAA  Canada  and  do  tou  know  all  the  government  regulations  for  building  a  homebuilt  aircraft .  There  is  a  chapter  in  Duncan  I  think.   You  are  right  it  does  cost  more  than  $1000  dollars  to  build.

    It cost  me  about  Twice  as  much  as  that  in  1973  But  I  had  a  brand  new  1699  CC  short  block  VW  engine

   out  of  the  box  from  the  factory.

                                                                          Larry



Martin Wilson
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#7 Posted: 4/2/2010 16:10:30

Larry

Yes, EAA member, chapter in Duncan is not very alive at the moment but we have a local aero club here in Qualicum which I shall be joining soon, I understand they have some members building.  I've only just moved here from downtown Vancouver.

Government regs, yes, I've done a lot of wading through them and have decided to go the basic ultralight route under 1200lbs gross and stall not to exceed 45mph. A  lot less red tape and at the end of the day I'm building the VP2 as a single seater anyway.

 

Martin