|07-06-2011, 08:46 PM||#11|
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Re: Fly Eagle F-18
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I was never a Rep for Fry Eagle, but I did design the Liberty. It was a real kick in the face, working with highly skilled people in Germany, to complete all of the CAD work, spec out the airplanes for construction, only to have Fry Eagle toss most of it aside, change parts of the design and not build it the way it was supposed to be built. Then an even bigger kick in the face to receive one (and I paid for it) and find structural issues that I corrected, reported back to the factory, only to have them never do anything with it.
It appears that recently things are improving, I believe you have spoken with Olivier about the big F18 as he had a laundry list of structural elements that needed to be corrected on that jet. I sincerely wish you the best of luck with the airplane, my best advice with that one, is after you do the maiden, do not fly it again until you take it home and have a chance to go through EVERYTHING on it. Check for stress cracks in the fiberglass, any cracking around formers, gear mounts etc. Check for stressing in the wing skins where the spar joiners are located, engine mounting rails and so on. Not trying to be negative by any stretch, but it's a very large, heavy jet, with a powerhouse of an engine in there, you are going to want to be diligent in your checks, and maintenance. After the first half dozen flights, I'd personally be tempted to remove the pipe and check the back end of the airplane as well, stab mounts and horns etc.
While Fly Eagle seems to be improving, they still have far to sketchy of a track record to take anything for granted.
As for their pipes, the pipe that came with my Liberty probably would have worked fine, it should have, it was 3 times as thick as a Tam pipe and 4X heavier. I was going to get a Tam pipe for that one too. The Pipe that was in my Fly Eagle Rafale failed on the 7th flight for the owner of that jet, fortunately, he caught it on the ground as well.
I do look forward to seeing the big bug fly, I really hope it treats you well and lasts you for many many flights!
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