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« on: February 03, 2017, 01:26:24 PM »

Just got a killer deal on this little bird. Practically stole it! Himax Minimax, All ready to rock and runs like a dream. All I need now is some fat tires! I'll try to get some good pics when I go to move it this spring. All I have for now is what was sent to me. Running a Rotax 503 with a 3 blade IVO adjustable prop. Once the snow is gone I'm gonna go hangar it at a local airport.



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« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2017, 01:13:11 PM »

That's a cute little plane! One seat? Looks like a lot of fun to fly around. What do the takeoff/landing distances look like?

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« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2017, 07:30:31 PM »

Yup, single seat ultralight. The previous owner who was about half my weight said at full power he could get it up in about 200 - 300 feet and land in the same distance. Not sure if it's just hangar talk or not, but with me in the seat it will be just under max load, so going from his numbers I'm thinking maybe 500 to 550 feet takeoff and 500 feet for landing in perfect conditions. It's a very tight fit. Makes the Piper PA-11 and C150 cockpits feel like a 747, lol. I also got a pair of skis with it but no mounting hardware unfortunately. It's gonna be about a 45 minute flight to get it to a long term hangar in the spring. The second there is no snow on the little grass strip it's at, she's going to a localish airport to be hangared until it can be fully inspected and I can get retrained in ultralight flying. It's been quite a while since I've flown an ultralight, and even longer since I've flown a taildragger. It is airworthy right now though, last flown in October. It just makes me feel better to have someone I know go through it and give it a thumbs up.
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« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2017, 09:13:18 AM »

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« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2017, 09:57:28 AM »

Ha! It would be neat to strap some cameras to it. I already have one GoPro, but I might not bother to mount it up. Once it hits the hangar, that will probably be it's new home for a while. I'm probably not even going to do the ferry flight. I got it more as a bargaining tool to get something better. Plus, when it comes down to it, the plane technically isn't Part 103.
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« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2017, 08:29:33 AM »

nice looking bird!
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« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2017, 02:12:04 PM »

Thanks! Think she will make it to Pond Inlet if I top off the two 6 gallon tanks?  laugh
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« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2017, 03:28:15 PM »

Took her up in the air for the first time since I've owned it, and for the first time it's been off of the ground since 2015. No pics since I was in the full caution mood. I've never maidened a plane, or flown an unknown aircraft solo before. Nor have I soloed a tail dragger. She is parked at a small 800 foot strip in which about 50 feet of it is too soggy for use right now, so around 750 of total usable space with a small clearing on one end. Winds were about 190 at 6 knots which is plenty manageable. At that direction, it was a slight crosswind from 10 o'clock. Aborted takeoff once, since the tail didn't come up with the normal taildragger procedures. Once I got it back into position and ready to go, I had to give it quite a bit of forward pressure on the stick to get the tail up, but once the tail came up it wasted no time gaining airspeed. At full fuel it took probably 550 feet to get up, and maybe another 50 to get going in the climb. It has no VS gauge in it, but I would have to guess it was a good 550 ft/min at full power. The 503 is 10HP more than the recommended 40HP engine it calls for, and I gotta say that definitely makes a difference. Even with a big guy like me (~240Lbs) in the seat, it had plenty of power. Nothing to write home about, but impressive nonetheless. I'm sure the 3 blade prop was helping that as well. After fighting the stick a bit while getting used to the controls, I got it up to about 2000 feet and flew at about 60% power which was giving me 75 knots indicated. She is very sensitive on the ailerons, which was to be expected since they are so large, and the elevator had plenty of authority as well. The rudder was decent, but not perfect. The main problem I ran into was that the throttle was awkward to hold onto while flying, but If I took my hand off of it, it would slowly close due to the vibrations. Once I was sure I was clear of airspace, I did some turns and power changes to get the feel of the aircraft. When you drop the power it slows down fast, even faster than the quicksilver I used to have. I did that for maybe 10 minutes over my destination, then decided to land it since I could see my ride home was in the parking lot. I went out about 2 miles and held it at 50 knots on approach. Winds were calm and the sun was in a good spot, so I held it at 50 knots all the way to the threshold. I maintained power just about until the flare then I cut it. It wanted to drop fast, but luckily I anticipated it and caught it. Initial touchdown was tail low and it bounced back up about a foot or so then plumped down in 3 point at just a hair over 35MPH. The tail wheel is fixed, which made it annoying, but it was just unsensitive enough to not be a hand full. I can't say it was the best landing I've ever done, but the plane was in one piece and I walked away. For now she's sitting in the corner of the ramp tied down until my buddy cleans his hangar, but it's better than it sitting in the grass.
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« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2017, 05:16:15 PM »

Cool! Is it very "squirrely" in he ground? The Cessna 120 I fly wants to ground loop at any chance it can get!
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« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2017, 07:47:39 PM »

It can get squirrely if you do the dance too fast with the pedals. I just eased the brakes and it calmed down. It did get a little hairy right when the rollout started.
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« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2017, 07:49:35 PM »

I will say that flying the A2A T6 in the sim really helped with how to use the rudders though. The only tailwheel experience I have IRL is in a Piper PA-11. I have only had the reigns four times when landing though.
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« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2017, 09:11:06 PM »

What kind of licensing do you need for your "rig"? grin
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« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2017, 09:26:19 PM »

Technically a sport license, since it has the Rotax 503. It's too heavy and too fast for part 103. I'd like to get me another part 103 ultralight though.It's hard to find a small plane that can haul a big guy on the cheap.
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« Reply #13 on: May 27, 2017, 08:52:32 AM »

Stop consuming bread and wait 6 months. :)
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« Reply #14 on: May 27, 2017, 11:49:01 AM »

Haha, been thinking of that actually. I thought about my diet the other day, and I consume a ton of bread. I go through about 2 loaves a week, 3 if it's scratch made. I'm also a sucker for homemade yeast rolls.
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