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#504499 - 19/03/18 09:40 PM The Aviator
+8Rich Offline

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Buying an aeroplane was never an option for František Hadrava. He much prefers to tinker on the aircraft he builds for himself, at his own small workshop. His homemade flying machines are much influenced by the beginnings of aviation. And when František takes off with one of his planes for the first time, the spirit of the pioneers blows right into his face. After all, he never knows if he'll be coming down safe again. But that feeling is all worth it.

https://vimeo.com/250499918?ref=fb-share&1
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#504520 - 20/03/18 06:59 AM Re: The Aviator [Re: +8Rich]
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Great find!
I like the spirit of the Czech technical anarchy, nurtured during the communist times, which obviously has survivied
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#504522 - 20/03/18 07:28 AM Re: The Aviator [Re: +8Rich]
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Wonderful stuff. Quite inspiring.
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#504526 - 20/03/18 08:35 AM Re: The Aviator [Re: +8Rich]
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Richard that is a gem and helps lift the gloom from another grey winter's day. Hannes is right about the Czech mechanical and metal ingenuity. They are prolific designers and makers of light aircraft. And other machines. I once called in on Jiri Starec who builds classic CZ motorcycles at his home near Ceske Budejovice. In his backyard shed he builds new frames, casts cylinder heads, the lot - and is supplying CZ enthusiasts everywhere. Hope to call in on Frantisek one day. I couldn't recognise the radial engine in the Triplane but turns out it is a Verner, also made in the Czech Republic.
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#504535 - 20/03/18 10:45 AM Re: The Aviator [Re: auster]
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Wow. Thank you very much for sharing.
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#504546 - 20/03/18 11:43 AM Re: The Aviator [Re: auster]
+8Rich Offline

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Originally Posted By auster
Richard that is a gem and helps lift the gloom from another grey winter's day. Hannes is right about the Czech mechanical and metal ingenuity. They are prolific designers and makers of light aircraft. And other machines. I once called in on Jiri Starec who builds classic CZ motorcycles at his home near Ceske Budejovice. In his backyard shed he builds new frames, casts cylinder heads, the lot - and is supplying CZ enthusiasts everywhere. Hope to call in on Frantisek one day. I couldn't recognise the radial engine in the Triplane but turns out it is a Verner, also made in the Czech Republic.



Fascinating Kerry there are some incredibly talented people out there going about their business in a very quiet way, they always amaze me.
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#504547 - 20/03/18 11:44 AM Re: The Aviator [Re: +8Rich]
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+1. I don't think I would / could build a plane & I know I wouldn't have the guts to then go up in it.
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#504548 - 20/03/18 11:53 AM Re: The Aviator [Re: John V6]
Michael P Offline

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I suppose he at least had drawings as a model or even a kit. He will hardly have designed the aircraft himself.
In addition, each aircraft must be inspected and approved by the aviation authority.
With a little skill, time and money this should be feasible for everyone. Provided you have a pilot's license.
Nevertheless fascinating!
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#504557 - 20/03/18 01:39 PM Re: The Aviator [Re: +8Rich]
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There is a program on Netflix of people building their own planes including a Fokker triplane.
The guy bought the plans but then cut out every bit of wood etc.
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#504572 - 20/03/18 04:53 PM Re: The Aviator [Re: +8Rich]
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My Headmaster at Grammar School built his own plane in the woodworking shop. I hardly remember what it looked like, but it did fly from the school playing fields. And he was a big bloke.

He also drove an MGB Roadster.

One of the metalwork teachers had built a Princess Coronation 4-6-2 on about a 3 inch gauge. It was huge and unpainted and never moved in the seven years I was there. Perhaps it was finished.
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#504601 - 20/03/18 08:59 PM Re: The Aviator [Re: +8Rich]
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Registered: 16/10/12
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Our Biolgy teacher had a Messerschmitt three wheeler it was fantastic and I would just stand and stare at it - cream with red leather.

Our Maths teacher had a Ford Pilot - a beast.
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#504603 - 20/03/18 09:34 PM Re: The Aviator [Re: Michael P]
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Originally Posted By Michael P
I suppose he at least had drawings as a model or even a kit. He will hardly have designed the aircraft himself.
In addition, each aircraft must be inspected and approved by the aviation authority.
With a little skill, time and money this should be feasible for everyone. Provided you have a pilot's license.
Nevertheless fascinating!


Yes anyone with a modicum of skill and lots of patience can do it. My Jodel was built from plans in 1964 by a licensed aircraft engineer but many amateurs built them as well. The Kitox was built from a kit by me and a mate. I restored the Auster (under supervision) and I am really an amateur i.e. no technical training. From the video I think that Czech builder is quite exceptional.
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#504682 - 21/03/18 05:13 PM Re: The Aviator [Re: auster]
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Originally Posted By auster
I couldn't recognise the radial engine in the Triplane but turns out it is a Verner, also made in the Czech Republic.

I too was fascinated by the radial engine. I noted the 3 cylinder radial in the monoplane at the end of the clip and searched for "3 cylinder radial" on the net and found Verner by the photo.

Lots of interesting stuff and photos at the official web site: http://www.vernermotor.com/
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