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  San Diego Area Owners?
Posted by: Goddy01 - 08-06-2017, 05:25 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (3)

I am considering a Mosquito and would love to talk to and see its operation in my loical area-San Diego Area. Thank you in advance


If emailing, kindly place Mosquito in subject.

Thank you.

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  Problem with my ignition on my Air
Posted by: OkieAir - 07-23-2017, 09:00 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (3)


I am having trouble with one coils in my ignition. One day one side just stopped firing.  I have verified both coils are good.  My grounds are good.  I have 2 good cdi's.  I have replaced my voltage reg. and my toggle switch up front.  I have trouble shot this down to what I think is the wiring harness but when I pull it all apart nothing is loose and it looks ok.  This aircraft has worked great for a while.  I'm sure it something easy but I am completely stumped.  Any ideas.  BTW everything is working on the aircraft except for one set of plug wires

I also need a detailed wiring diagram for the whole aircraft.  I looked all on the forum but didn't find what I was looking for.  Can anyone point me in the right direction.

Thanks everyone for your help

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Information Helicopter Simulator using Occulus Rift VR and Pro Flight trainer controls
Posted by: pilotarix - 07-19-2017, 04:26 PM - Forum: Flight training - Replies (1)

Hi all, 

Since the first MS flight simulator came out in the 80ies I'm playing around with them. Every time a new one came on the market the excitement was big but didn't last long, since sitting in front of one monitor and using just a joystick didn't really give me the experience like I am really flying the damn thing. Flying helicopters were even worse and almost impossible since they were very hard to control with only a joystick and no paddles or collective. But what always bothered me the most was that there was never the three-dimensional feeling you really need to estimate height, distance, and speed while performing a flight under VFR rules. 

Since VR (Virtual Reality) technology is on the market I always thought that it would be nice to use this with a flight sim, so finally, we could have some 3d feeling and no need for three or more screens on the desk anymore. However, for quite a long time you couldn't use VR devices with the flight simulators available and therefore I forgot about the idea until recently I stumbled across a software (FlyInside) that makes it possible to use the most advanced VR goggles on the market with the currently most common flight simulators. 
I was so excited about the idea that I jumped right into it and bought the Oculus Rift goggles, well warned by the guy at the store that it might not work with my computer and guess what, he was right. My almost brand new ThinkPad laptop that is taking a heavy cad program with ease was not able to handle Xplane11 and the Oculus goggles, in fact, it wasn't working at all with the goggles. Actually, the program even told me that my hardware will not work. I didn't really expect that (stupid eh..maybe wishful thinking) I thought it might work but just slow and then I could go and find solutions. Anyway, while that wasn't the case I had to look for other solutions and found an ASUS computer that was advertised as working with the Oculus goggles. It came ... it wasn't working at all and in not 12h it was on its way back to Amazon. 
I went back to the store where I had bought the Oculus goggles and where the guy had shown me a computer that would work flawlessly with the goggles and I went on and bought this one.  Well, I think you get the point, this time everything was running just fine.
For somebody who had never used VR technology, the first impression was just freaking amazing. You can look around in the cockpit in all directions and you can even (if you have enough room and sensors) step outside the plane and walk around, which is somewhat limited by the length of the USB cable, anyhow ... amazing. Flying is amazing you immediately get the feeling that you really sitting in the aircraft and it doesn't get long until you feel some motion sickness while the world around you is heavily moving and you seem to have a real feeling of height distance and speed, again... amazing.
However, nothing is perfect and it doesn't take long to figure out the downsides. Currently, the biggest one in my mind is the (relatively) poor resolution which makes it difficult under certain light conditions to read the gauges and screens, it's possible but not always very convenient. Another problem is that you cannot see your controls which are certainly not really necessary but if you have switches and such you cannot see them either.  
There is some technology available which can be used to actually touch switches and screen in the VR environment but this is not very functional yet and the devices you have to hold in your hand in order to do so will actually prevent that you can hold the flight controls appropriately.
Talking about flight controls, in addition to that, I decided to get some more realistic flight controls with paddles cyclic and collecitve and finally I ended up with the Puma Flight Controls from Pro-Flight-Trainer in Canada. They are very easy to install pretty sturdy and they have screws on every axis to generate some resistance like there is more resistance on the left paddle than on the right paddle in a helicopter with the blades spinning in counter clock direction.
All in all, this is a relatively affordable way to get very close to more professional flight simulation in your living room, sure for the even more realistic experience we are missing the motion platform so one actually could feel the motion of the aircraft. Well, there are some very good homebuilt projects on the internet in that regard for those who have the time and passion for trying. 
For now, I am OK sitting on my folding chair-hovering along the taxiway of Harrisburg international... Big Grin


who just started getting flight instruction on a Schweizer 300cbi - in real

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  Looking for a Club/Partner in Charlotte, NC
Posted by: 1SkyBound - 07-05-2017, 05:21 PM - Forum: General Discussion - No Replies

Hello Everyone!

Looking for a partner/club to fly together in the Ultralight Class, in the Charlotte, NC area.

New to this hobby, been a mechanic before want to put together the Mosquito on my own.

Thanks, see you UP there one day!


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Posted by: Chamberlain - 06-28-2017, 07:03 PM - Forum: Mosquito Flight Adventures - Replies (4)

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  Oshkosh 2017
Posted by: FlyGuy - 06-24-2017, 03:35 AM - Forum: Flyin's - Replies (3)

OK gang, who is planning on going to Oshkosh this year? I haven't been there since "77" and just sold my "Vari-EZ plans that I bought there this year. It would be nice to make it to another fly-in this year. It is only a month away so time to get busy!


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Smile MZ 202 starter motor
Posted by: beragoobruce - 06-17-2017, 12:29 AM - Forum: Fuel and Engine - Replies (5)

I have an MZ202 engine in my MiniMax homebuilt fixed wing, so I hope I'm allowed on this forum Smile  But you guys know way more about the MZ than any other group I can find.

I have just under 30 hours on the 202, and it has performed faultlessly so far - it's a great engine.

But I strapped in to go flying yesterday, and when I hit the starter button, the starter motor spun up to speed, but wouldn't engage the engine ring gear. Voltage is good - 12.6v - and the starter motor is definitely spinning up, but won't turn the engine.

I tried tapping the motor casing when it was running to maybe free up the Bendix gear, but no good.  Has anyone had this problem? I'm guessing it is a sticky Bendix, but I haven't taken the starter motor off yet so don't know the internals. Should the engagement mechanism be lubricated? Some say not.

Any help gratefully received. I can't go flying until it's fixed, because it's hard to hand prop the engine with the clutch disengaged (or rather too easy to swing the prop!).



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  Mosquito and Helicopter Newbie
Posted by: pilotarix - 06-16-2017, 09:24 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (10)

Hi all, 

I just registered to the forum, but been reading for quite a while. 

I have a PPL (fixed wing) but haven't done any meaningful flying for probably 10 years now. Complicating in addition is that my PPL is not from the US and probably doesn't mean anything here. 
I have been in helicopters quite often because of my profession, I like it a lot but never really considered getting a PPL H myself because of the significant investment.
However things have changed a little bit and now I am really considering to obtain a PPL H for sole recreational purposes.

In order to have enough hours to feel comfortable and safe flying a helicopter I would need my own one. Charter is certainly an option but I need something that is readily available when I have time to fly since my schedule is still relatively tight. 

The Mosquito seem to be affordable and safe and since it's a real helicopter it should be OK to build hours, skills and confidence... at least I hope.

The idea would be to use the Mosquito for the above mentioned purpose and charter an R22 or R44 if the the additional seats are needed or in order to stay current on these machines. Something like a 90/10 ratio given 100 hours a year. 90 hours on the Mosquito and 10 on R22/44.

If I would do so, I would probably choose the Mosquito XEL285 or XTE (I need the gross weight) whereby the biggest downside of the latter seem to be price, fuel consumption (reduced flight time) and maintenance cost.  Conversely turbine engines are more reliable than piston engines.

I would probably choose a factory build one. I just don't have the time to finish a kit in an reasonable amount of time. I mean I did RC helicopter flying for a while and I build as well as rebuild a lot of those, even bigger ones with serious gasoline engines. I have a CNC router that is capable of cutting thick aluminum plate as well as a lathe and a big enough clean and nice garage. What I unfortunately not have is time, hence buying is the only reasonable choice if I would like to fly. 

I will certainly have a lot of questions if I really decide to go that route.  For now I appreciate every comment to the above whether that sounds reasonable to people who have some experience in the world of helicopter flying.


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  Tall pilots
Posted by: Bernard - 06-08-2017, 01:03 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (3)

Hi, I am "brand" new on this forum and my English is only so and so..
EU Belgian PPL , last years mostly R44 and JR 206.
Looking at the Mosquito XET turbine now, looks an quit impressive little helicopter.
First question I have is, how is a 6.4 ft tall guy like me fit in this machine?
R44 for me is better then the Jetranger for longer flights.
Any tall guys flying the XET here??
Thanks in advance for some info.

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  N425MC flys
Posted by: Chamberlain - 06-08-2017, 11:12 AM - Forum: Mosquito Flight Adventures - Replies (5)

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