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Old 03-24-2019, 05:30 PM
AviatorJ AviatorJ is offline
 
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Default Cracked nose gear faring

23 hours into Phase 1 I was doing performance Takeoffs and landings today. I'm afraid I brought her down a little bit hard today on a 'short field' attempt. Taxi'd back and inspected my gear fairings and found this....



Fixing it is pretty easy. To prevent it from happening again (I will land hard again in the future). Should I put some more clearance on the radius's to accommodate smashing the front wheel? Or could this have been something else?
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Old 03-25-2019, 05:24 AM
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I clearanced mine to 3/4" of an inch. I may lose 1/2kt but worth it I think.
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Old 03-25-2019, 10:56 AM
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I clearanced mine to 3/4" of an inch. I may lose 1/2kt but worth it I think.
I'll widen mine a bit too then.

I used to be hyper focused on speed, now I just want things not to break!
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Old 03-25-2019, 01:05 PM
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Justin,

You should look up Dan Horton's post about what he did on his 8. He made some "rubberized fiberglass" skirts around the bottom section of the pant, to allow the bottom hole to flex open without destroying the pant, while retaining the close fit, to get the speed. Really cool idea and one I plan to reproduce on my 10 pants.
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Old 03-25-2019, 03:43 PM
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Might just wait till I build my own 8.
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