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  Thinking about building a Mosquito
Posted by: octagon - 03-17-2019, 06:07 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (12)

Hi, I'm new (about 30 hours so far) but I really enjoy flying helicopters. I'd like to fly regularly for a while (perhaps 10 hours per week) for a year or two to see if the passion is still there before I go and do anything rash like quit my job or change careers. Seems like the only feasible way to do this is to own a helicopter --- one that is reasonably safe and that I can afford to operate.

The Mosquito looks great! Since I'm hoping to be able to practice a wide range of maneuvers I'm thinking that I will want to have plenty of power, so I probably don't want the MZ-202. The Inntec 800 seems superior in terms of power-to-weight, fuel consumption, and price. But it's a 2 cylinder 2-stroke with lots of moving parts. The Solar T62-2A is certainly more awesome, but the main reason I am considering it is because it seems much simpler and therefore less likely to fail suddenly in flight.

  1. The Solar T62-2A in the Mosquito XET is rated for about 95 HP, not derated. I was comparing this to the T62-32 in some other helicopter designs that produce 150 HP and are derated to 95 HP. Does this make the Mosquito XET less forgiving of new pilot's mistakes?
  2. I've read reports of accidents in other types of small helicopters caused by a minor overspeed of the T62-32 triggering a safety feature that shut off the fuel at a critical moment (during a max-performance takeoff). Is the T62-2A in the Mosquito XET also susceptible to this? Is this something I should be concerned about when deciding between piston and turbine engines?
  3. Is the T62-2A a more reliable powerplant than the Inntec 800, in terms of the probability of having an engine fail in flight?
  4. Does the T62-2A require the same kinds of flying skills as the more complex free-wheeling turbines like you'd find in a commercial helicopter? Is there training benefit to flying a Mosquito XET vs. the piston model if your goal is to ultimately fly commercially?
  5. Can you practice full-down autorotations in the Mosquito XET? Can you "split the needles" with the throttle, or does that carry a significant risk of flame-out?
  6. Can the Mosquito withstand run-on landings, at least on a hard surface?
I realize that most of the above questions would probably be answered in the POH and maintenance manuals. Is it possible to buy those before buying the kit? I'd be happy to sign a non-disclosure agreement or similar.

Finally, I am trying to assess the risk involved with flying an experimental kit type helicopter vs. a certificated machine like the Hiller UH-12.

  1. How many Mosquito helicopters are flying?
  2. How many hours per year are flown in Mosquitoes?
  3. How many airframes have more than 100 hours on them, how many have 200, 300, ...?
  4. If I build a Mosquito XET and fly it 1000 hours am I now basically a test pilot?
  5. Are there airworthiness directives?
  6. Are parts that fail inspection before their overhaul time normally sent back to the factory for investigation in case there is a design flaw?
Sorry for all these questions, I hope this post doesn't come off as demanding or rude.

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  Annual inspection help? west Texas
Posted by: rotorlyfe - 03-13-2019, 07:47 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (3)

Hi all, haven't posted in a while!

No luck selling my XET 315FC, so I guess I'm going to keep her. I'm moving to California (Monterey Bay) to fly medevac Airbus H135s.
Before I move, I'd like to get the annual inspection done on my XET. I know a great helicopter mechanic, but he would like a step-by-step manual with exact maintenance procedures in order to sign off. 


So 3 questions~
1. Does anyone know where I can download or obtain detailed maintenance procedures? I already have many blank forms of the necessary checkoff items.
2. Does anyone know of someone who would be willing to do an inspection in West Texas?
3. Should I just transport it to California, and do it along the way or once I arrive?

Thanks as always!
Jimmy

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  FAA statement for builders and owners
Posted by: marcher07 - 03-13-2019, 02:27 PM - Forum: General Discussion - No Replies

Special Design & FAA Category Designation Statement

The Mosquito helicopter was designed as a day VFR helicopter. There are two airframe configurations 1) the Ultra-Light (XEL) and 2) the Experimental (XE, XE 285 and XET). The XEL, to meet FAA Ultra-Light requirements was designed to be flown with the floats installed and the fuel system limited to a capacity of five gallons. ANY deviation to the original design and or flight profile puts the XEL into the experimental category. Deviations would include a vertical stabilizer, fins on the hori­zontal stabilizer, a governor, and the thicker windshield.
 
The Federal Aviation Administration Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 14 applies specific requirements for ultralight (Part 103) and experimental aircraft. As the owner and or operator you must know the classification of the aircraft and follow the rules and requirements at all times. It is your responsibility to know, understand and comply with these rules. Ignorance of the regulations pertaining to the activities you pursue is not an acceptable excuse for violating those regulations.
 
To be flown as an experimen­tal aircraft the pilot must possess a private pilot’s license. The aircraft must be registered with the FAA (“N” numbered) and pass an airworthiness inspection by a designated Airworthi­ness Representative, (DAR), prior to the first flight. For further information, go to the FAA web site and download Advisory Circular (AC) 20-27F, Certification and Operation of Amateur Built Aircraft.
 
 

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  Swift
Posted by: Timberwolf - 03-13-2019, 10:49 AM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (2)

Hey guys, been a while since I posted as I wasn't able to talk the wife into a single seat helicopter. I ended up building a murphy moose 6 seat radial Bush plane and am coming to the end on that build. I've still been following the swift and haven't seen much news on it lately. Not sure if the factory has looked into new turbine options, but turbine aeronautics will soon be releasing a 200hp turbine that would be perfect for the swift. A 2 seater might just be the ticket if it comes to fruition. So, any forward progress on the swift from the factory?

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  la contruction
Posted by: obenda - 03-10-2019, 08:07 AM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (2)

Good day

merci de m'avoir ajouter au list de membre du forum

je suis tres interested dans la construction de mosquito xe Heart et comprendre sa performance.

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  Problem France registration ...
Posted by: Titta - 03-10-2019, 01:27 AM - Forum: Registration and Licencing - Replies (6)

Hello, I am the proud owner of a Mosquito XE-285.

Buy from the French importer Didier Lagneau.

I meet a big problem with the papers of my mosquito, he provided the necessary papers for the registration in France, the problem the administration in France refused the registration.

Didier is no longer officially representing the Mosquito in Europe!

Since the death of the founder, these papers are no longer official ...

How should I do?

The administration in France said that I must contact you, you have to file a folder for mosquito in Europe?

Thank you .

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Smile Pictures Please :)
Posted by: jessica.warren - 03-06-2019, 09:33 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (2)

Good afternoon!  

I hope you are all doing well.  I am working on changing out some pictures on the website and creating a new brochure to use for marketing the Mosquito.  If anyone has any pictures that they would like published, please email them to me at Marketing@Composite-FX.com  If you prefer to have your tail number blurred out, please let me know.  

I look forward to seeing everyone's happy flying moments and hope to see everyone at the Fly-In.

Thanks!

Jessica

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Music 2019 Fly-In Information
Posted by: FlyGuy - 02-25-2019, 08:08 PM - Forum: Flyin's - Replies (5)

Folks,

I know there have been links to information about the upcoming Fly-In, but I thought a stand alone post might be better. Over the years very few things have changed so if there are any questions just post.

Annual Mosquito Helicopter Fly in
30-31 March 2019
9069 SE County Rd 319
Trenton, FL 32693

Location: GPS vicinity
Latitude N 29 36.402
Longitude W 82 48.286
Closest Airports:
Gainesville (GNV) commercial carriers
Cross City (CTY)


Transportation
Make your own arrangements there is no scheduled shuttle service, friends are good to know.

Rental Car 
Gainesville Airport

Accommodations
There are no rooms available on site so if you plan on staying onsite bring a tent or mobile home. If you plan on camping there are no showers and sinks are scarce however there is a hose. Think rustic and roughing it.  

There are a number of hotel/motels in Chiefland, Fanning Springs and in Newberry a quick check of the internet see below listing – the big however is – don’t know if all info is current and the quality of the rooms range from the primitive it’s a bed and shower and you don’t want to walk on the carpet to it’s a chain and presentable. 


Chiefland
Best Western Suwannee Valley Inn 
1125 North Young Boulevard, Chiefland FL 
(352) 493-0663 

Days Inn Chiefland 
809 NW 21st Ave, Chiefland FL 
(352) 493-9400 ‎ · daysinn.com 

Holiday Inn Express Chiefland 
809 Northwest 21 Avenue, Chiefland FL 
(352) 493-9400 ‎ 

Manatee Springs Motel 
2226 North Young Boulevard, Chiefland FL 
(352) 493-2991

Fanning Springs Park Inn 
17850 NW Us Highway 19, Fanning Springs FL 
(352) 463-2069 ‎ 

Cadillac Motel 
7490 N US Highway 19, Fanning Springs FL 
(352) 463-2188 ‎ 

Suwannee River Motel 
17210 NW Us Highway 19, Fanning Springs FL 
(352) 463-7563 ‎ 
A hunters lodge - don’t expect much and you won’t be disappointed; about 20 bucks a night 

Crystal Inn-Fanning Springs 
16951 NW Us Highway 19, Fanning Springs FL 
(352) 463-7214 ‎ 

Newberry
Sunny South Motel‎
105 SW 250th St
Newberry, FL 32669 (352) 472-2401

Sanitation
Porta-Potties scattered around the area. There is a septic system supporting the hangar but it clogs easy and CAN NOT support a lot of use so use the porta potties. 

Food
Coordination is underway for a caterer for munchies and drinks during the day. There are also plans for dinner on site both Sat and Sunday. Pay upon registration, fill the bucket full of money to offset the expense and help out. It’s a first come first serve if your late may only be left overs. In town there is a Subway, a Burger Spot, McDonald’s, Chinese Take Out, and several sit-down venues along with Hitchcock’s Grocery store. Hitchcock’s serves deli bar type food and there are also a couple sit down restaurants Hobo’s and one across the street. Anything else is bring it or travel to Newberry, Chiefland or Fanning Springs. 
General Information

Safety Operations
Formal designation of responsibilities will happen the day of the event.

Air Operations
See the Air Operations Annex. There will be pilots briefing conducted each morning 0900 (ish).

Maintenance Operation
Mike Messex (marcher07@bellsouth.net)

Scheduled Maintenance
If you are planning on bringing a Mosquito that you want maintenance done on call Mike phone 256-527-4656 and coordinate the desires so he can schedule resources, times, people, and parts

Unscheduled Maintenance:
We’ll do what we can to keep you flying

Fuel and Oil
There is a gas station about a mile away, oil if you’re in a pinch, there is oil earmarked for use and available – prepare to pitch in to cover costs

Grounds and Onsite
The “Mayor” responsibilities will fall under Norbert Richter office@composite-fx.com

Sign in
When you get there Sign in at hangar on the white board, if you are an owner or builder of a mosquito add your name and aircraft serial number. If you plan on flying sign the liability release form at sign in.

Parking
Aircraft
Parking overnight will be in the second (new) hangar. Hangar one will be for maintenance operations. The maintenance run up and departure pad will be behind hangar one. Flight departures will be across the street in the North Field

Campers and Trailers
RVs and Trailers park in a row, back in to the area (See the map below on locations, those familiar with the grounds – keep the area in front of the office clear)
Campers have to be self-contained electrical and sewage – if in doubt check with Norbert. Basically don’t clog up the exit roads or in front of the hangars

Vehicle Parking and small trailers
Will be in the North end of Eddy’s Field or across the street in the North Field

Tent Camping
Will be between hangar 1 and hangar 2 towards the grain silos

T shirts and such
Robin, Dwights wife, will have a limited quantity of shirts for sale

Emergency Medical and Fire
Nothing scheduled to be onsite and will be provided by the local volunteer by way of 911
Flight Operations

The following rules are established for the orderly and predictable operation of all aircraft attending the Mosquito Factory Fly in. 
Safety

Safety is the insurance of continued enjoyment for all who attend and participate at the fly in therefore the rules of operation are established for the safe operation of all aircraft and shall be observed for the duration of the event. It is the responsibility of all attending and participating pilots to operate by these rules.  
Emergencies

Emergencies or potential emergencies are an acceptable reason to deviate from any or all of the established rules to the extent required as judged by the pilot for the best possible outcome.  

Pilot Responsibilities
All pilots are responsible for the safe operation of their aircraft while attending the Mosquito factory fly in. This event is being conducted on private property without implementing positive control over the airspace. However, since it is private property the Air Boss has the authority to stop any and /or all operations as necessary.  
Communications

Due to the fact that some of the attending aircraft are not equipped with communications radios these rules are established to ensure the maximum situational awareness and predictable operation of aircraft for all participants. The use of two way radio communication although not mandatory may be used to enhance situational awareness but will not negate adherence to any of the established rules. 123.025 will be the CTAF frequency for the fly in. When making traffic calls make your calls to “Trenton Traffic” This is a common helicopter air to air frequency so you may hear other traffic transiting near the area.  
Rules of Operation

1. All aircraft must approach the active runway area at a right angle in relation to the centerline when crossing or entering or exiting. Prior to crossing or entering the active the pilot will make a visual check for other aircraft. All aircraft must slow to a fast walking pace before leaving the active runway area once again visually checking for other traffic.
2. All aircraft must remain at or below a fast walking pace when operating in the hover area south of the runway on the north field and in the northwest corner of Eddy Thompson Field.
3. Arrivals/departures and multiple closed traffic patterns must originate and terminate over the active runway. This means that no pilot may make a departure or arrival from anywhere other than the active. 
4. Extended Hovering on the active is prohibited. Hovering on the active should be limited to positioning for takeoff, departing the active after approach or transiting from one hover area to another.
5. There are four Hover areas but the Hover/Fly area north of the runway is the only area that may be used for Maneuvering and high speed flight. While maneuvering in the north hover area pilots shall limit their altitude to go no higher than the surrounding trees or obstacles in order to stay below the traffic pattern.  
6. All helicopters will yield to the Training helicopter(s) and/or the helicopter giving rides. Keep a safe distance from the training helicopters since the instructor(s) will be trying to concentrate on teaching their students. 
7. Formation flights will only be conducted after a briefing is conducted between all of the formation participants prior to each formation flight. If you did not attend a formal formation briefing between all the participants of the formation flight then do not attempt to join the formation while in flight. 
8. Before flying all pilots will receive a daily flight update briefing from the Air Boss either in a group at the morning pilot’s brief or one on one if attendance at the pilot’s brief is not possible. No one has permission to fly until they receive the daily brief so make sure you get briefed before you fly! The pilot’s brief is tentatively scheduled for 9:00 AM each day of the fly in.  
9. The Air Boss can and will make additional rules and or revisions as need throughout the fly in. If you have any good ideas or see any potentially unsafe factors please report your findings to the Air Boss so we can address the issues and implement changes. 

Transient Aircraft
Any aircraft that will be flying into the fly in must call and or email the Air Boss so that parking can be coordinated for your arrival and so that you can be briefed. If you send an email you will need to include your name, type and color of aircraft, tail number (unless you are an ultralight), phone number and approximate time of your arrival. The email must be followed up with a phone call at some point to confirm your arrival or cancellation preferably the day of your arrival or the day before. Try to make one last confirmatory phone call just before you depart for the fly in to give an updated estimated time of arrival. 

The Factory field is at: N 29 36.40 W 82 48.28 and elevation is 58’. If you have a radio make your calls to: “Mosquito Air Boss” on VHF 123.025. Once you are over the field make a high orbit and look for a ground guide in the vicinity of the runway to show you to your parking place. Remember that other aircraft flying in the vicinity may be participating without a radio so see and avoid rules are in effect.  
Hazards to Flight

Immediate hazards to flight include but are not limited to a 322’ tower approximately 2/3 of a mile north of the active and multiple private/General Aviation airports within 20 miles. Keep a vigilant watch for aircraft operating at low altitudes and birds. This is the South where birds migrate to in the winter.
Traffic Pattern

Upon arrival please familiarize yourself with the traffic pattern picture. 

Question call Mike 256-527-4656 or email marcher07@bellsouth,net

         

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  BFR
Posted by: FlyNavy - 02-21-2019, 06:21 AM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (6)

Has anyone done a biannual flight review after being ot of the cockpit for a while? I went for my first flight in 25 years this weekend. My intent is to take a few flights and complete a BFR. Flew in a Robinson. MaxFlight told me that a minimum of 20 hours in model was required in the Robinson before a check ride could be done because of FAA requirements for that aircraft.

After reviewing some blogs, it looks like the FAA imposed this requirement after some safety issues.

I have an opportunity to fly in the Cabri G2 instead. They explained that it doesn't have the minimum limits. Or I could find someone with a Jet Ranger. I have 1100 hours in those.

Any input or suggestions?

Fly Navy,

Scott Langley
MCSE CEH CISSP

XET #1337 N334HY
Start: NOV 2018

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  Aux fuel Tank - 8 Gal. (30 ltr.) for Mosquito XET, Vintage 2012
Posted by: MosquitoDE - 02-19-2019, 06:04 PM - Forum: Fuel and Engine - Replies (16)

Aux fuel Tank - 8 Gal. (30 ltr.) for Mosquito XET, Vintage 2012


Hello

I'm looking for an Aux fuel tank - 8 Gal. (30 ltr.) for my Mosquito XET
in France, can someone give me a tip where I get one!
(Had emails to composite-fx.com and mosquito-europe.com
Sent without success)

Thank you for your help

Christian   
r44@bluewin.ch

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