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staggerwing13
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Location: Mesa, Arizona
Motorcycle: 2/1988 1500's and 1 1992 1500 MotorTrike

Hello

Postby staggerwing13 » Sat Apr 02, 2011 12:09 am



My handle is Staggerwing. That name was chosen when I needed an alias. It is the name of my favorite aircraft. It was built in the 1930's by Beechcraft and was called the model 18. I've never owned one but would like to. Unfortunately for me they just cost too much. That is one of the rasons I ride a GoldWing. It is the best compromise I could come up with.



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landisr
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Joined: Tue Jul 28, 2009 12:18 pm
Location: Gilbert, AZ
Motorcycle: 1976 GL1000
1994 GL1500A

Re: Hello

Postby landisr » Sat Apr 02, 2011 10:53 am

Howdy back. Yep, our 'Wings are short on altitude, but we can still bank them into the turns.. :geek: :mrgreen:

Ron in MI
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WingAdmin
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Joined: Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:16 pm
Location: Strongsville, OH
Motorcycle: 2000 GL1500 SE
1982 GL1100A Aspencade (sold)
1989 PC800 (wife's!)
1998 XV250 Virago (sold)
2007 Aspen Sentry Trailer

Re: Hello

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Apr 04, 2011 10:26 am

One of the most beautiful airplanes ever made. :) You'll find a surprising amount of Goldwingers are also pilots or airplane enthusiasts.

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thrasherg
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Joined: Tue Oct 20, 2009 11:21 am
Location: Plano, TX
Motorcycle: 2004 GL1800, 2005 Honda Shadow 750, 2008 Yamaha R6 with RG500 engine, CRF450X, CRF230, CRF250X, XR200, CR500

Re: Hello

Postby thrasherg » Mon Apr 04, 2011 10:34 am

Welcome to the club Staggerwing, My wife and I both have fixed wing pilot SEL licenses and rotary wing licenses (Built a little 2 seater helicopter called an EXEC162F) but stopped flying shortly after our first child was born (Helicopters are amazing (Just the way God intended man to fly) but very dangerous!!) hopefully after the kids turn 21 and I kick them out of the house I will get back into flying helicopters!!
My wife was 5 months pregnant with our 1st child when she took the final pilots exam for the helicopter (she had held her SEL for 2 years prior to that).. The instructor was trying to decide if he would have her do an autorotation or not.. He was worried it might start the contractions and he didn't want to help with the birth in the middle of no where!! As it turns out they did a perfect auto (without any contractions) and she got her license, but stopped flying 2 years later when our 2nd daughter was born and we agreed to put flying on hold until the kids got older (that was 11 years ago!! How time flies).. I still love riding motorbikes of all types and shapes, but my daughters definitely prefer the wing over all my other bikes..

Gary

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Motorcycle: 2000 GL1500 SE
1982 GL1100A Aspencade (sold)
1989 PC800 (wife's!)
1998 XV250 Virago (sold)
2007 Aspen Sentry Trailer

Re: Hello

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Apr 04, 2011 10:43 am

Do you still have the Rotorway? I remember seeing them flying at OSH a number of years back, and was a bit put off by how the engine just seemed to be screaming to generate the power to lift it off the ground, not like an R-22.

I remember following a guy online who was building a 162F, he got pretty far along, but then either gave up on the kit, or gave up posting his progress on the web.

Did you do your rides in the Rotorway, or in something else - and if so, did you have problems converting your mind to getting on the left anti-torque pedal instead? :)

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thrasherg
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Re: Hello

Postby thrasherg » Mon Apr 04, 2011 10:57 am

I sold the rotorway about 9 years ago. I went for the exec over the Robinson R22 because the exec has fuel injection so there was no messing about with carb heat, but with hind sight it was the wrong decision.. I do not like the look of the R22 and particularly dislike the cyclic control in the R22, but the exec really struggles to get off the ground and has a very limited fuel range.. I hope to get an R44 in the future.

I learnt in my Exec, the rotorway school exec and in a local R22, I had no difficulty adapting to sitting on different sides of the cockpit or the different torque reactions when lifting off, but you had to make sure you didn't get complacent!! Occasionally as I lifted off I would just step on the left or right pedal and give a bit of cyclic movement expecting it to rotate in one direction, when it would move in the opposite as I had forgotten it was a different helicopter!! It was never a problem, but could cause a bit of a surprise for a second or so!!

Gary

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1982 GL1100A Aspencade (sold)
1989 PC800 (wife's!)
1998 XV250 Virago (sold)
2007 Aspen Sentry Trailer

Re: Hello

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:02 am

I never liked the look of the R22, and also disliked that teetering cyclic. What about an R66? I like the thought of a nice, smooth, reliable turbine keeping me in the air rather than a 1950's technology Lycoming bashing around back there - for which there will not be 100LL around for much longer.

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thrasherg
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Re: Hello

Postby thrasherg » Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:04 am

WingAdmin wrote:I never liked the look of the R22, and also disliked that teetering cyclic. What about an R66? I like the thought of a nice, smooth, reliable turbine keeping me in the air rather than a 1950's technology Lycoming bashing around back there - for which there will not be 100LL around for much longer.


If only I had the money for a jet helicopter!! The main thing I love about a helicopter is the vertical take off and landing (which neither the Robinson 22 or 44, or exec can do (due to lack of power!)) so yes I would happily take a 66 but I suspect it will just be too expensive for me to ever own!! :D

Gary

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1998 XV250 Virago (sold)
2007 Aspen Sentry Trailer

Re: Hello

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:24 am

That's why you let the bank own it, and just "rent" it from them. :)

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thrasherg
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Re: Hello

Postby thrasherg » Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:52 am

Sorry to kidnapp your thread Staggerwing!! :oops:

I will have to get to know my bank manager on better terms wingAdmin... :D

Gary

staggerwing13
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Location: Mesa, Arizona
Motorcycle: 2/1988 1500's and 1 1992 1500 MotorTrike

Re: Hello

Postby staggerwing13 » Mon Apr 04, 2011 3:11 pm

WOW! I never thought I would get so much response. I Hold a Commercial, Multi-engine, Instrument, Seaplane license and was a licensed Flight Instructor for 20 years. I only got two hours of rotorcraft time before circumstances terminated that endevor. I have lots of tme in Piper Apache and Seneca. Ive owned 3 aircraft, an Areonca 7-AC, an Ercoupe and a Cherokee Arrow. I don't lfy anymore. Age and condition finally caught up with me and I now consider myself an asphalt aviator. Been riding Motorcycles for over 50 years now and have visited 47 of the lower 48 states. Only one I missed was Florida. Hopefully I will pick that one up next year. Grat to hear from all of you. Thanks.

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GreenDragon
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Location: Dillsboro, IN
Motorcycle: 2003 GL1800 GoldWing

Re: Hello

Postby GreenDragon » Mon Apr 04, 2011 4:07 pm

Welcome to the board/bored. Nice nomiker! Lets see a photo of your Wing, every body enjoys looking at them on these rainy days.
Light travels faster than sound, that is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak!

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Motorcycle: 2000 GL1500 SE
1982 GL1100A Aspencade (sold)
1989 PC800 (wife's!)
1998 XV250 Virago (sold)
2007 Aspen Sentry Trailer

Re: Hello

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Apr 04, 2011 4:12 pm

OK then, if we're going to go that way, I have a commercial, multi-engine, instrument (no seaplane), and long-expired CFI/II/AGI. I too have about two hours rotorcraft, just because I felt the need to totally humiliate myself apparently. :) Majority of time in Cherokee 180, but also a fair amount in PA-28R-200 (Arrow), some Mooney 252, tons of 152, less in 172, lots of Seminole, some Seneca, Navajo, and that's all I can remember right now. Lost my medical 12 years ago, so that was the end of that.




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