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  New Website?
Posted by: swashplate - 03-19-2017, 12:41 AM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (5)

My old link failed to get me to the website. Then I searched.  I found a new link but it looks as though the web site is changing.  Anyone got any news about the changes?

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  New mosquito air owner
Posted by: 77jbob - 03-10-2017, 10:40 AM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (19)

It's has the 65 horse hirth engine and 10.45hrs on ship . Any advice for me As I'm coming over from a mini 500 and still learning to fly. I hovered taxied the mini 500 basically . Had a few hrs in a r22. I was pretty decent in my mini though. I made a video of the air. I was kind of concerned about the correlater cable. Theres also a ground wire riding on top of it that I need to route diff. please take a look and let me know if y'all see anything. Any advice would be great. Also I don't like the ground handling wheels because you have to pick up the rear of the heli and slide them under, which is pretty hard by yourself.Are these factory ? Also I don't have a good level spot in front of my shop so I'm building a trailer to pull with my 4 wheeler to a place that's level and I can practice. Any ideas on trailers would also be a big help. https://youtu.be/xrt4VflrzjM

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Posted by: Gustavo Woltmann - 03-05-2017, 05:53 PM - Forum: Flyin's - Replies (3)

Ok Guys,

With the end of the year just around the corner my mind starts to think about the Factory Fly-In
in Trenton! To some of you I may be jumping the gun but I have found that if I plan early, my
plan always seems to work out. I am sure John is about to post dates and information about it soon.
I have just started to look up airfares but have not ruled out driving (1,700 miles each way).

My first fly-in was 2009 as I wanted to just see this little heli and see what all the buzz was
about. I met another guy on the Forum and we ended up making plans on meeting and
splitting the cost of a room in Chiefland. My next on was 2012 after I moved back to the
Mainland and two months later I put down my deposit for "Myrtle" my 285. Unfortunately I 
will not be bringing her along on this trip. It will be great to see the old friends I made there
and meet new owners and other folks that are coming to get information and their first glimpse
of this neat machine.

If you haven't been to a factory fly-in, start planning now! There is a wealth of information to be had 
and some of the greatest folks that you will ever meet will be happy to answer questions. My thinking
is it will be held March 31st through April 2nd (usually the weekend before Sun n Fun).

Let's start this year off with the anticipation of a fantastic Factory Fly-In. Chime in and tell us if you
are planning on going, how you are getting there, and where you are planning on staying.
This is a perfect way meet like-minded rotor-heads and possibly cut expenses!

Time to get excited!

XE 285  1205 (Myrtle)
Start: 8/1/2013
Finish: 5/24/2014
Arrived home: 10/11/2014

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  Debris Strike
Posted by: jb92563 - 02-21-2017, 05:13 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (4)

Still working my way into a rotor-craft mentality and it occurred to me that rotor wash debris is another important thing to think about while flying.

Seeing many Mosquito pilots doing hover practice I was wondering how high you have to be to avoid getting ground debris being sucked into  the rotor wash circulation and potentially going through the rotor disk.

I imagine even paper might be cause for concern.

I imagine birds would stay away due to the noise, but a rotor bird strike would likely be a very bad thing as well.

Any comments on safer hovering heights and what sort of things have started flying in the rotor wash.

I have read of things like plywood sheets and carpets becoming airborne in the rotor wash.

Also just dirt starting to circulate could be a problem as you may loose visual ground reference and end up spatially disoriented and I'm thinking if you recognize that situation developing, getting some altitude and moving away might be the quickest safest way out of a potentially bad situation.

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  info updates mosquito xe
Posted by: mauri - 02-17-2017, 07:32 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (6)

I wanted to know if there are any updates or changes to mosquito xe and to improve the comfort in flight and minimize vibration. in the past in an old post john uptigrove I seemed to have understood that in 2017 there would be news.

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  All hands occupied.
Posted by: jb92563 - 02-15-2017, 03:24 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (14)

Having not flown a Heli before but being a pilot, I am wondering how Heli Pilots accomplish other tasks like changing radio frequencies while both hands and feet are occupied with the controls?

Seems like you only have two thumbs at your disposal for other tasks, and hence all the extra buttons and controls on the stick.

Other tasks being things like changing radio frequencies, taking care of an itch, wiping a bee out of your face, adjusting sun visor, staying hydrated etc

I am wondering if there are radio channel up/down control stick switches, or voice controls?

I have read about collective and throttle friction locks so you can use your left hand for short tasks.

Is that a good option for the Mosquito?

Being a Quad/drone/electronics hobbyist as well I can't help but notice that the flight controllers available would make it possible to build an affordable, light weight, collective/throttle auto pilot.

Is that a feature of the governor that I have read about on the forum? It has an altitude hold setting and can control collective and throttle to maintain the set altitude?

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  Help to register Mosquito in Mexico
Posted by: tecaeromex - 02-02-2017, 04:01 AM - Forum: Registration and Licencing - No Replies

I have the first Mosquito in Mexico that will be registered and the DGAC is asking me if I can provide the copy of an
AIRWORTHINESS CERTIFICATE TYPE from another countries to check that this has been registered in any of the OACI countries.

If you have your Mosquito registered in any country can you send me a copy to jmlozano@tecaeromex.com

Thank you!


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  Ready to buy
Posted by: Chandlerede - 01-29-2017, 09:50 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (3)

Been researching and ready to buy a Mosquito. Trying to find a used one is almost impossible. So, if I can't find one by April I will be ordering a new one; unless anyone out there can point me to either an XE or XE28 slightly used. Finder's fee!


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  XE Ultralight build
Posted by: jb92563 - 01-18-2017, 09:38 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (4)

I was wondering if it is possible to build the XE kit as an ultralight version so that it can later have the higher fuel capacity available when being converted to a registered experimental?

Seems to me that the only significant differences between the XE and XEL is fuel capacity and the floats.

I assume fuel capacity is molded/integrated (12gal vs 5) into the fuselage pod or is there a separate tank that I could change later on?

For the XE Ultralight version I would limit the fuel capacity by installing the fuel filler connection at a lower height on the tank.
I would also need to purchase floats, which I did not see on the XE kits options list.
What would the floats cost?

The main idea behind all this thinking is that you would have the option of flying it as an XE for resale purposes or as a progression in Heli flying objectives, but starting out as an Ultralight.

Hope that makes sense.


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  New member seeks info.
Posted by: akabud - 01-12-2017, 10:43 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (18)

I've been looking at the Mosquito and reading the posts here and am interested in building one.
I'm a fixed wing private pilot with about 2000 hrs. But haven't been active in the last 8 years. Recently retired. My last airplane was an RV-6 that I build.
I like the idea of an ultralight version possibly the Air. I flew ultralights in the 80's.
A few questions.
About how many of them are currently flying?
Does anybody know of any near Sacramento, CA?
How many hour does it typically take to build one?
Are there any dealers on the west coast?
Do they get flown a lot? What would be considered high time in the current Mosquito fleet?
What price range might I be looking at for a used one?
As far as used ones are there any things I should avoid? For example, engines that didn't work out so well.
Are there any other forum with good info on the Mosquitoes.

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