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What technological adventures are you involved in right now?

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Does airplane hacking count? I've been helping a friend modify a Phantom Ultralight. We've upped the horsepower from it's original 35 to about 110. The thing climbs like a bat out of hell, and loops rolls and spins pretty good too. Its been a hellava project and we are shooting for 160 hp soon. I have a video here. I know it's not computer or Internet related but I think it is hardware hacking and a damn lot of fun.

That is frigging fucking cool. Snow mobile motor huh.. About what does it cost to get into that sport?

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No, you just take off the original little airplane motor and install a big snowmobile motor with a custom gear reduction unit an big ass propeller. We also tried to take off things that added a lot of weight to the plane. We did smaller wheels and lighter landing gear. Now if I could just lose about 40 lbs...

hmm.. id go with more of a motorcycle engine maybe a twin..(the transmission would provide more speed even if it had lower power) of course providing you make a gear ratio for it to spin the prop at near proper speed.

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Does airplane hacking count? I've been helping a friend modify a Phantom Ultralight. We've upped the horsepower from it's original 35 to about 110. The thing climbs like a bat out of hell, and loops rolls and spins pretty good too. Its been a hellava project and we are shooting for 160 hp soon. I have a video here. I know it's not computer or Internet related but I think it is hardware hacking and a damn lot of fun.

That is frigging fucking cool. Snow mobile motor huh.. About what does it cost to get into that sport?

You can buy a used Phantom Ultralight like this with a 52 hp motor for around $7000. It costs a lot more to buy the kit and build a new one. Of course after you get the plane you have to get someone to teach you how to fly. The cost for that can vary a lot. Its definitely not something you want to try and learn by yourself.

Ultralight and Homebuilt airplanes is where all the experimental and fun stuff go on. A lot of folks have built their own planes and hacked them to do new and interesting stuff. A lot of info about this is available through the Experimental Aircraft Association. Their web site is http://www.eaa.org.

Info on the stock version of the plane we are modifying (hacking) can be found at the Phantom website. http://www.phantomaero.com/

We need new people in our sport. Everybody thinks it is way too expensive to fly, so the pilot population is decreasing. Its not as expensive as people think. You can buy a plane for less than a Harley. I'd love to see some Binrevers in the sport. The hacker mindset is valuable everywhere.

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