Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Jet substainers

Been watching the development of these over the last few years. Here's AMT's site where you can find information on the Titan UAV.

Basicly, the 88 lbs thrust engine, at full thrust, burns .31 gals per minute. Thats a sea level burn rate, as you climb, your burn rate does drop, yet the thrust almost remains the same. With 10 gals this gives you a run time of 40 minutes. Range should be somewhere around 100 miles while cruisng, or maybe alittle more doing climbs and glides. Climbs should be around 250-300 fpm. Gas substainers weigh more, as the Jet weighs 10 pounds plus fuel of 60 pds or around 75 lbs with a tank. The gas engine substainer weighs about 95 lbs, so their is a weight savings.
Also with the this Jet engine, you can do a short auto tow, maybe a climb to 2,000 agl, and still have enough fuel for 30 minutes of cruise, or 60-70 miles.

If you look at the factory cost of an added substainer gas engine, it about 20,000 euros more, which at the present exchange rate is over $27,000 USD's. Also, the gas substainers have a hard time at western altitudes to get home on. Several at Ely have used their substainers but to get back into the valley its a hold your breath experience.

The other Jet engine is 150 lbs thrust. But I have been watching this for well over 3 years and I have been lead to believe its still in development and completion could be aways off.

I think the AMT Jet Titan, at 88 lbs thrust, is a way to go if your thinking about a substainer, installation should also be pretty simple, so costs maybe something to explore.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Search for Fossett

Its a 5 page article in National Geographic about a year ago........................part of a quote......and a link to the whole article.

The Final Flight

In mid-September a psychic was brought to the Flying M. "You are needing me," she reportedly told those there. Fossett had encountered engine trouble, she said. He tried to find a safe landing place but crashed into a mountainside. "He is in a dark place, covered with white, powdery dirt, with one arm hanging out." The psychic was operating in the realm of pure conjecture, but so, too, were investigators. And almost every theory formulated had numerous sensible reasons against it.

Special Report: Steve Fossett - National Geographic Adventure Magazine

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Humor on Speeding...............

Top This One For A Speeding Ticket

Two California Highway Patrol Officers were conducting speeding enforcement on I-15, just north of the Marine Corps Air Station at Miramar . One of the officers was using a hand held radar device to check speeding vehicles approaching the crest of a hill. The officers were suddenly surprised when the radar gun began reading 300 miles per hour. The officer attempted to reset the radar gun, but it would not reset and then turned off.Just then a deafening roar over the treetops revealed that the radar had in fact locked on to a USMC F/A-18 Hornet which was engaged in a low flying exercise near the location.
Back at the CHP Headquarters the Patrol Captain fired off a complaint to the USMC Base Commander. The reply came back in true USMC style:Thank you for your letter. We can now complete the file on this incident.You may be interested to know that the tactical computer in the Hornet had detected the presence of, and subsequently locked on to your hostile radar equipment and automatically sent a jamming signal back to it, which is why it shut down.Furthermore, an Air-to-Ground missile aboard the fully armed aircraft had also automatically locked on to your equipment location.
Fortunately, the Marine Pilot flying the Hornet recognized the situation for what it was, quickly responded to the missile system alert status and was able to override the automated defense system before the missile was launched to destroy the hostile radar position.The pilot also suggests you cover your mouths when cussing at them, since the video systems on these jets are very high tech.Sergeant Johnson, the officer holding the radar gun, should get his dentist to check his left rear molar. It appears the filling is loose. Also, the snap is broken on his holster.Thank you for your concern.Semper Fi.