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  •  You mention "built from VW engine." (4+ / 0-)

    Was that geared down or direct drive prop?  I toured the Mosler engine shop when they were at Hendersonville, NC.  It was a nice engine based on the 'flat four' VW engine. Since it was based on an auto engine design, the prop turned at about half the speed of the crankshaft.  Mosler built both a two and four cylinder version.They went out of business about fifteen years ago.

    I want to see it make a takeoff run in that tall grass.  I borrowed a friend's Aeronca Champ and ran up and down the grass beside the runway, full length of the runway, but never did get it anywhere near flying speed. I finally gave up and using the asphalt runway.  

    The overall design is reminiscent of the Heath Parasol, another nice homebuilt.  It certainly would fall under the rubric of Light Sport Aircraft with plenty of weight margin to spare.

    Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength. - Eric Hoffer

    by Otteray Scribe on Tue May 07, 2013 at 05:05:46 AM PDT

    •  You are right, OS...it is a direct drive engine! (2+ / 0-)
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      RiveroftheWest, Otteray Scribe

      Most of the rebuilt VW types are, although some conversions (remote drive via belt or chain) offer gearing.

      The tall grass was the parking area for the smaller aircraft at this event. we were kind and had mown a taxiway and a NICE flat grass runway (parallel to the hard)

      Yes, the L.A.4A has a lot to commend it in therms of a LSA, and masses of history from the Golden Age, too!

      'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

      by shortfinals on Tue May 07, 2013 at 10:40:24 AM PDT

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