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Aug. 19th, 2003

05:23 pm - Build and Fly Your Own Backpack Aircraft

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http://www.easyup.cc/



[Edit: The text below is from the company's website, not me.]

"...Have you ever dreamed of flying? I mean really flying - like a bird - not in some huge steel contraption, but flying by just strapping something to your back and lifting off, feeling the wind against your skin, zooming over the treetops and seeing the world in all of its splendor before you. If you have ever dreamed of flying like this, then we have what you need!! We will tell you how YOU can fly!!!

You can build and fly the least expensive, safest, simplest, funnest aircraft in the world in about a week. You can learn to fly this aircraft safely in a weekend. You can take off from level ground by yourself in only a few steps and land on a dinner plate. The airframe only costs about $200 to build. With the purchase of a used engine and canopy you will save thousands. Powered parachutes are the least expensive aircraft in the world to purchase, maintain and fly. No licensing, insurance or registration of any kind is required to fly a powered parachute. You can throw a powered parachute into the trunk of your car or take it on an airline and fly it anywhere in the world. Flys and lands safely without power. Everything you want and need to know about powered parachutes is in our detailed informative book with sources for completed craft, components... even plans to build your own.



This craft can be built from aluminum with simple hand tools in less then 40 hours. The canopy and engine must be purchased. If purchased used they can be had for as little as a few hundred dollars

The new sport of powered parachuting is growing rapidly. Powered parachuting is making flight available to people who thought that limited time, money and resources would keep them grounded forever.

This is the 50 lb. back pack air plane that people have dreamed about for years.

EasyUp is the only source that sells plans. The plans come with lists of sources for the components that you will need to build your own aircraft. We believe that the plans are the best deal you can possibly come by. After all, we are listing all of our competitors for you. Read our book, look around and then decide for yourself. The average cost to build a craft from our plans is between $900 and $3000. You can save an average of $8000 if you build your own rather then buy. You can build our aircraft in about a week. Save thousands of dollars and impress yourself with a true accomplishment. Be your own pilot...."

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From:kenmora
Date:August 19th, 2003 02:30 pm (UTC)
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Totally cool!

You might want to check this out:

http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/11.09/wing.html
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From:crasch
Date:August 19th, 2003 03:53 pm (UTC)
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Very cool! Thanks!
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From:fishsupreme
Date:August 19th, 2003 02:46 pm (UTC)
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That's really cool. And much more practical than the downward-thrust-type "personal flight backpacks" that several companies are trying to create.
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From:crasch
Date:August 19th, 2003 03:54 pm (UTC)
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Yep. You ever flown in a powered parachute before?
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From:fishsupreme
Date:August 19th, 2003 04:28 pm (UTC)
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No, I have not. But it's a neat idea. :)
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From:chutzpahgirl
Date:August 19th, 2003 02:54 pm (UTC)
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*skeptical* That sounds like such a come-on.
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From:crasch
Date:August 19th, 2003 03:03 pm (UTC)
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It *is* a come'on. The text is from the company's website, and obviously, they want you to buy their plans/book.

What are you skeptical of? The cost savings?
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From:chutzpahgirl
Date:August 20th, 2003 11:28 am (UTC)
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I'm skeptical that it could actually work.
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From:crasch
Date:August 20th, 2003 12:17 pm (UTC)
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Do a google search for "powered parachute". The technology has been around for several years now. Now, whether their plans are any good, that, I don't know.
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From:ehintz
Date:August 19th, 2003 03:10 pm (UTC)
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Bah. REAL men fly VTOL.

;-P
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From:cjsmith
Date:August 19th, 2003 03:27 pm (UTC)

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Yeah, in devices that make them spread their legs. (Warning: testosterone content sufficiently high to cause cancer in laboratory rats.)
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From:ehintz
Date:August 19th, 2003 08:59 pm (UTC)
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Actually, of the new-fangled crop of VTOL, I prefer the Carter Copter concept; I think they've got the best option out there with the possible exception of the tilt-rotors. And I don't have to spread my legs. ;-P
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From:cjsmith
Date:August 19th, 2003 11:07 pm (UTC)
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That sounds quite a bit more expensive to design and produce, but also more versatile, as it can apparently be a long-range craft AND it has room to pack a lunch.

Interesting.
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From:ehintz
Date:August 19th, 2003 11:24 pm (UTC)
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If it lives up to the expectations, it'll approach turboprop efficency, with VTOL characteristics, will scale into the serious load carrying club, and has less mechanical complexity than a tilt-rotor. And the ability to auto-rotate into a tiny field. It's certianly worth keeping an eye on in the short to mid term...
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From:crasch
Date:August 19th, 2003 03:53 pm (UTC)
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Until one can buy a VTOL for under $5 K, and fly it with less than a 20% chance of dying, then I will have to remain a fake man.
From:bhv
Date:August 19th, 2003 08:46 pm (UTC)

Burp Zone

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The trouble with powered parachutes is that you are flying in the burp zone of the atmosphere. If the weather gods burp and your your 30 foot diameter piece of the atmosphere starts going down too fast you break a leg or worse. Having said that, these things are reasonably safe in very still air.

The rotor heads among you will enjoy this $18,000 personal helicopter I saw fly at Oshkosh. It flew very well, but remember that the first 100 customers for any new helicopter are test pilots!

http://www.innovatortech.ca/
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From:ehintz
Date:August 19th, 2003 09:07 pm (UTC)

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Oooh, that is quite cool. I may have to buy one someday. I totally dig the ultralight classification. Though if things go as planned it'll be a moot point, I'll probably take my checkride by the end of September.

I was torn between going to Oshkosh and Defcon, but my geek side won out. Any other interesting developments in the rotor kit world?
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From:ehintz
Date:August 19th, 2003 09:04 pm (UTC)
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You're on the money with the 5k remark, but a 20% chance of dying is pretty wildly exaggerated, even with a homebuilt. Some of the birds I'm training in have 4000+ hours on 'em.
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From:crasch
Date:August 19th, 2003 09:18 pm (UTC)
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If you're talking about helicopters, I agree with you. I was referring to the backpack VTOL's I've seen.
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From:ehintz
Date:August 19th, 2003 10:36 pm (UTC)
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Ahh. I'll admit, I'd be a little nervous about those backpack thingies. Buncha crazy-ass kids flyin' those new-fangled contraptions. ;-)

Helicopters rock, except for the fact that they're wildly, painfully, woefully expensive. I'm afraid to look right now, but the last time I checked I'm already in for more than $10k for my ticket. I rather expect I'll be above $15k before I get it.