Questions tagged [homebuilt]

Aircraft that are sold as kits and then assembled by the purchaser, rather than being factory-built and delivered in fully-functional form.

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How can filling a tube with foam help prevent buckling?

How can filling the empennage (aluminium tube) with Styrofoam stiffen it to avoid buckling as seen in Whingding ultralight?
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Can I use PVC pipes for the rib on the wings of my homemade airplane? [closed]

Can I use a PVC pipe as the rib of the wings of my homemade airplane?A rib is already load tested, and it failed at 40kg of weight and it is supposed to hold just 10kg in flight.
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Does a skinless fuselage add to the likeliness of an unrecoverable spin?

While at Air Venture this week, I happened to hear a pilot of a small experimental airplane say that he liked the skinless (Naked) look his airframe had at one point during the build, but that he ...
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Is there any alternative to isolating the vibration of an ultralight engine other than using engine mounts?

Is there any alternative to isolating the vibration of an ultralight engine other than using engine mounts?
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How to select the most efficient airfoil for low speed flight?

What airfoil (or family) has the highest $C_L/C_D$ ratio at speeds in the $50\:km/h$ range. The use case would be an ultralight with a max speed of $50\:km/h$
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Is it a good thing that ailerons remain deflected and the stick is hard to move?

The aileron stick of my homebuilt ultralight is stiff (hard to move) and the aileron itself can remain in its deflection angle hands free, is that a good thing?
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Can i create a home built aircraft with this engine?

http://www.chiefaircraft.com/da-100.html Would this engine work for a homebuilt ultralight aircraft? I am still in the research phase, so i don't know what the weight of the aircraft will be, but I ...
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Is c.g rear or fore of wing leading edge?

This video states that the c.g of most non tapered airplane is 25%-30% of wing chord REAR of the leading edge.The aerodynamic center(a.c) of most wing is 25% rear of the leading edge ....Does this ...
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What are the advantages of the Riblett airfoil over the Original Pietenpol Airfoil?

Some builders have opted to build a Riblett airfoil based wing for the Aircamper rather than using the original Pietenpol wing. What are the basic characteristics of the Riblett wing which ...
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What challenges may be foreseen to adapting the Wittman Tailwind as an E-LSA?

The Wittman Tailwind is a great performing aircraft which can be built on a budget. Many potential builders have considered adapting the design as a light sport aircraft. What challenges could be ...
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How are the landing, takeoff, and cruise speeds calculated for my homebuilt ultralight?

How can I calculate the takeoff, landing, and cruise speeds of my ultralight with a total weight (with load) of 120 kg, average air density of 1.23 kg/m3, wing area of 13.18 m2, and a coefficient of ...
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What is the average g force experienced on takeoff for an ultralight?

How much g-force is made on an ultralight during take off if its upward velocity of 2m/s?And what's the average g force experienced during takeoff on an ultralight?
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100% Homebuilt Airplane [closed]

THIS IS JUST A SIMULATION OF THE INTENDED AILERON THAT I'LL BUILD AND PUT ON MY HOMEMEADE PLANE.(I scrampled all the materials I could find in my backyard). Do you find any abnormality in this aileron ...