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  1. wolfpack21643

    Bug Out Aircraft

    Scud running in a time of crisis might be getting alot harder now. Due to my work with the FAA and Dept. of Justice over the last few weeks I have been made privy to the fact that the Feds are now using drones over the main land US. I was flying at work last week when a predator drone pulled up next to my left wing (only about 300 foot away). I was like holy crap. The drone stayed off my wing tip for a bout 5 mintes or so until I made a 180 degree turn and started the other way. It followed about 90 degrees through the turn then straighting up and flew off. I made a call to some friends and found out that those news reports about drones patroling the US are TRUE. I have now seen that drone 3 more times since then, it seems it will shadow us then after a few mintues move on. I think they see my flight path which is in lots of circles (cause Im patroling) and they want to see what im all about. It's the police, policing the police I guess. Now I work about 30 minutes by air from Washington DC so that may be why the drone activity as of late but I was told 4000 of them are now patroling the US. One of the times they pulled up on me when I was at 300 feet off the ground so I know they can see me at ground level so I think the scud running days are over if the Feds want to shut the air down.
  2. wolfpack21643

    Bug Out Aircraft

    You be pushing it to get 4 adults in a 172. The performance numbers you read about diffrent aircraft are shall we say embleshied a bit. Aircraft companies are notoriuos for putting up cruise speeds, fuel burn and weight loads that are not even close to what the aircraft will really do. You have to figure in the fuel load when you figure what you can carry. Let me show you an example: We will use the mid 1970's Cessna 172M (which is one of the most common you will find at your local airport) Gross weight (max take off weight):2300 lbs. Useful weight (what weight it will carry after empty static aircraft weight is factored in): 1335 lbs Fuel weight (42 gallons at 6.5 lbs a gallon): 273 lbs. 1335 lbs - 273 lbs= 1062 lbs. So that gives you 265 lbs per person (4 people) Yeah right!!!! hahahaha never happen. You would need 2000 foot of runway to get off the ground with that load and I bet it would be so tail heavy you would only get a 100 mph cruise if you could control the aircraft at all. The real numbers from my exprince (I have close to 1000 hours in a 172M). Full tanks (273 lbs), two 200 lbs guys (400 lbs), two 120 lbs wives (240 lbs) and that adds up to 913 lbs. And that my friend is all that 172M wants trust me. You would never get into or out of a tight (less then 3000 feet) off airport runway with that load. The cruise speed suffers alot when you fly at gross also. I am all for using a bug out aircraft (I started the thread) but just getting your Pilot Lic. I fear would just get you killed. Planes are not like automoblies. I can get into any Ford F-150 from any year and drive it saftley. Not so with aircraft, due to avionics and engines you could look at two aircraft that came off the assembly line one behind the other and they would be completely diffrent. You need to be a very exprinced pilot when it comes to airplane hopping. I know whenever I fly a new aircraft (and I have flown about 30 diffrent aircraft as pilot in command) I spend alot of time studying the pilots operating hanbook for that exact aircraft, talking to the main pilot of the aircraft and just sitting in the cockpit for a half hour or so studying the switches, gagues ect. I think your best bet would be all joking aside the microsoft flight sim. That program is awesome I use it all the time for IFR and emergency training. I actually had a Tatical Flight Officer who flys with me at work who put several hundred hours in a 172 on his flight sim and after he bugged me to let him shoot a landing one day I gave in and let him. I never had to touch the controls he greased that aircraft right in like a pro. His next three attempts were not too good but he could have gotten us saftely on the ground if he had to so if your plan is to go to the airport then get some real flight training and hit the flight sim because flying is a perishable skill. And one last thought. If a bug out scenerio ever came true, do you really thing uncle same would let you fly his airways without the military chasing you down? On 9-11 they shut the air down for two days I believe (I was forced to land and got stuck in Ohio that day) So you would have to scud run to get anywhere and that is a very dangerous thing to do. It is for the exprinced pilot only.
  3. wolfpack21643

    Bug Out Aircraft

    The desert along the boarder is full of dead drug runners flying paramotors and ultralights at night. Two stroke motors (which is what most paramotors have) and long distance night flying are more dangrous then getting in the ring with Mike Tyson. And trust me you wont cover 120 miles because there are still winds alot at night even though its calm on the surface. And 6 hours at one time in a paramotor is just laughable at how crazy hard on your body that would be. And if you could get "long range tanks" on a paramotor your weight and balance would be so close to the edge that you would not be able to carry anything at all (like a bug out bag). The dream sounds good but the reality is not even close to what you think it would be. Sorry.
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    Bug Out Aircraft

    While they may be better looking with more bells and whistles they still have many faults when it comes to weather like wind and turbulance. I have been flying since I was 12 when my dad bought a Cesnna 150 and now have been flying commercially since 1997. Over the last 6 years I have been flying law enforcement aircraft and have been deeply involved in the Light Sport area with the Dept. of Justice / FAA including paragliders and gyrocopoters. The airfoil of the paramotor just wont support speeds over 30 mph (give or take alittle). That means if the wind is blowing 15 mph when you are head into it then you can not go faster then 15 mph foward. They also sway and swing ALOT in just the lightest form of turbulance due to the cockpit placement hanging by lanyards from the chute. Yes they are fun in very light winds but if you plan on bugging out in one you better hope that it's first thing in the morning or right at dusk (best avg. wind speed times). Paramotors will always be aerodynamicly challanged due to there inherit design. I dont belive you will see any major jumps foward in speed or weather capibility over the next 20 years or so. Everything has a "hull speed" and the paramotors is slow.
  5. Your dead on Snake. I have done the math on fuel burn and generator use. It's almost cheaper in a short term storm event (say a week or two with no power) to just let the food go bad in the fridge and freezer. When you figure out the intial cost of said generator ($3500) the propane burn ($600 for two weeks) and the fact that even though I live in a very active hurricane area (30 miles from the Atlantic Ocean) there has only been a few times in my life were we have lost power for more then a few days. For $4,100 I can replace alot of meat and freezer items for that once every 15 years (the avg. time between long term power outages). The only reason I am buying a generator is becasue I'm a Police Officer and whenever there are storms (major power outages) they put us all to work for the duration to keep looting and crime at bay. The generator is more for my wife and daughter's comfort cause while im out keeping the peace my family is left at home to defend for themselves. The next time you have a major storm, hurricane or snow drive by your local cops house, he is the last one to shovel his driveway and the last one to cut up the down trees in his yard. The last major storm we had I was out for 6 days and never did get home during that time period due to where I was stationed (on the other side of the county from home). So the generator is for the family and I know that in a long term senerio that generator will be of no use. I am looking into solar power right now but I live in town and the freaking nieghbours all have huge old growth trees that block most of the sunlight into my yard. The town has a no wind turbine rule so im screwed there too. A little off topic but when you guys are bugging out or bugging in I will be most likely at work so beign a cop puts me a huge disadvantage as far as a SHTF senerio. On one hand I will have access to stuff like gas and food that the public wont but it wont do me much good when I cant get back home. If I walk off the job to go home then thats it, my days as a cop are over for good. No one would touch me after that. Katrina was a great example. It was a SHTF situation for the cops in New Orlenes, the ones that walked off have been black balled from what I understand. So if it is a short term event then you have to stick it out and hope your family makes it through by themseleves alone. If it's a country wide long term looking event then leaving is alot easier but I have agonized over the prospects of a Katrina event in my area and what I would do. One of the major problems I have is that I was born and rasied in the county that I work in, and it's very rural so I know almost everybody in the county. It would be very hard for me to cut out and watch my life long friends and family (the ones that cant fiend for themselves like the old and sick) be victimized by the scum bags that have been waiting in the wings to just go crazy when the SHTF. Just some food for thought.
  6. Hey snake I dont know about the diesel generator. I just finished a massive month long project of generator research in Jan. What I found was that diesels dont work well until you start to get up to 20kw or more in generator size. Between consutling with a good friend who is a 25 year electrician and my brother who has been a diesel mech. for 20 years now I found that small diesel engines just dont work well. I was informed that Yan-Mar makes the best small diesel engines and they were originaly made for boat use (sail boats). The problem is diesels like to turn slow and they make alot of tourqe. To run a small generator they need to turn much faster then they like. I found that the cheapest diesel generator which cost around $2000 is junk. Go look up some reviews on the cheap diesels and you will find one bad review after another. It is not uncommon for one to only work for an hour and blow apart. You have to find a diesel that runs at the slower RPM (under 3000) while at 50% load to find one that has any chance of lasting more then 100 hours or so. The problem is to find one that meets those requirments you are going to have to put out about $10,000. I really, really wanted a diesel generator for the reasons you listed and gave them alot more research time then I probaly should have once I started to see their faults but I kept looking for that magic diesel bullet and never found it. I decided to go with a 10kw propane stand by unit, and a small 5kw gas portable for the on to go senerio.
  7. wolfpack21643

    Bug Out Aircraft

    I have a friend with a S-7 that he built over a three year period. He really did a masterful job and made alot of speed mods. He gets his to cruise at 130 mph with no loss of short field capabilty. It turns heads everywhere it goes.
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    Bug Out Aircraft

    I dont know about the sheetmetal thickness we also had alot of electrical problems (and ours was factory built). I have never flown a 701 or 750 but I know for a fact that the Savannah is a cheap copy of the Zenith birds. One major problem I had was that Skykits made the cockpit roof even with the wing tops. The Zenith airplanes dip down alot and make the wings look like they were scabbed on but they do that for a reason. The Savannah has horriable rudder authroity because that high cockpit roof blocks the air to the tail on take off and landing. Plus the Zenith has a flying tail and the Savannah has a normal smaller rudder and she is a bear to land in any kind of cross wind. And about the 2500 hours, think cruel and unusaul punishment and you would be close, but hey flying is better then working road patrol anyday!!! Have you had any problems with your Jabiru yet, I have been intrested in them for awhile now and so far the DOJ program has yet to send me a bird that has one installed to test. I have been thinking hard about bulding a RANS S-6 or 7 for awhile now (about 5 years now lol) and the Jabiru gives you more horse power for the same price as the Rotax 912. I have a Rans dealer on my field who bulds several a year for customers (all Rotax installs) so I feel good about customer support during the building process it's just hard to part with the $20,000 it takes to get started. If RANS sold their kits in sub assembleys I would have already pulled the trigger but that 20g at one time is alot.
  9. wolfpack21643

    Bug Out Aircraft

    Hey Rod when my Sheriffs Office first got into aviation we started out with a Skykits Savannah VG which is a copy of the Zenith 701. We had a Rotax 100hp 912 in it and flew the crap out of it. I am probaly one of the highest time pilots in the world in that type of aircraft (over 2500 hours logged). I will tell you this dont be in a hurry to put hours on your Zenith because that thin aluminum wont take the stress of landing and engine vibration very well over the hours. After 1000 hours we started having to fix alot of structral issues caused by vibration and at 2000 hours the plane was used up and ready for the bone yard. The last 500 I put on it had me holding my breath alot (haha). As far as the paraglider thing goes I dont think it would be a great help. It makes enough noise that you would be heard way before you are seen and you move so slow that you are a sitting duck. And the weather has to be perfect. I currently serve on a panel for the Dept. of Justice which eveluates small aircraft for Police Dept. use and we spent alot of time on para gliders, Gyrocopters and lite sport aircraft (hence the Savannah VG). We found the para gliders not much use because of speed and weather restrictions. There are Police Depts. using them with sucess but they are in areas where they dont have much weather like Southern Calif. ect. The Gyrocopters actually did the best job but the FAA is dead set against them from what I can tell. I have sat in meetings between the DOJ, FAA and Gyro Manufactuers and let me tell you the FAA are a bunch of jerk wads. If one of thier buddies isnt in line to get a kick back then they want nothing to do with it. When you sit in closed door meetings with these guys you see how the govt really works and it aint pretty. The Gyro makers are having a hard time getting thier aircraft approved for use in the US. I have flown about 10 diffrent designs through my work with the DOJ and all I can tell you is they are awesome. Cruise like an airplane land like a helicopter, thier only draw back is not much payload and they burn alot of fuel but if the FAA would be alittle more accepting then you might see their design really improve.
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    Video Games & Survival

    When you play Call of Duty Modern Warfare online you see that everything that the avg. person does in the game is wrong. They just run around like keystone cops trying to get the quick draw on everybody. In real life you want to bait the enemy into an ambush and kill them. Thats why I'm a camper and they hate me. I lie in wait and wax them. My kill ratio is 3 to 1 while most guys bearly get their kill ratios up to 1 to 1. I think alot of people are learning bad tatics in these games and I fear it will get them killed if they ever have to apply them. I heard a Navy SEAL on the Opie & Anthony show awhile back talking about how he gets his butt kicked on Call of Duty on Xbox Live. He joked that he could kill most of the people he plays against with little effort in real life but that they kill him, talk trash to him and end the game thinking that they are some sort of John Rambo's. He was said the reason that he gets creamed is because real life tatics just dont work online. He said " if I showed up at their house after the trash talking they would pee their pants and run like little girls but man they are hard asses online" I think Fall Out 3 is the best game for preppers out there. It shows you that some people you can trust and some you can't. It also shows that after the SHTF even bottle caps might have value. lol
  11. Im going to get a huge steak dinner (from Ruth Chris Steak House , thats about $300 for the family), a hot fudge sunday from Dairy Queen, and save the rest for toilet paper, cause I feel I'm pretty good already and two days is a very short time to do much espicialy when your close freind tells 10 other close friends who tell 1000 other people. After my steak and ice cream I guess I would have to see if bugging out is the way to go or staying put. if staying put is in the cards then putting out my home defense stuff would take up my time, and if bugging out is in the cards then it's time to hit the road.
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    The Walking Dead ~ Zombie Talk in General

    The story line is still pretty tame compared to the graphic novels. Dale dies a diffrent death in the novel.
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    dooms day prepers tonight

    Yup, Dave talks about it on one of his latest youtube videos, he talks about how they have no say about how the show is done and that they just evaluate the preppers from a preppers point of view and report their findings to NatGeo.
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    What have you done today to better your Prep?

    Built a book case to hide the secret door to my preps room. Now I have a "secret room" just like every kid dreams of. I also built a very large secure gear locker in my garage to keep my dry good preps locked up.
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    dooms day prepers tonight

    His name is Dave and he has a Youtube channel called southerprepper1 He is retired military and has posted well over 150 Youtube videos about prepping. He has some very good info in his videos and his theroy is that he is willing to risk hs OpSec some what to help people prep. He feels the more people that he can teach how to prep then the less people will be knocking on his door. He has what he calls a retreat and I belive he has over 30 people that are a part of it. I think he is pretty well got his stuff together as best you can and due to his large retreat and preps I think you would have a very hard time breaking into his prmieter. His partner Scott goes by the name Engineer775 on youtube and has some awesome videos about getting off the grid. And in case your wondring they are the two guys who grade the Doomsday Preppers show and give each family thier score at the end of the segments. They do alot for the prepping community and recive hardly any money in return, they do it cause they belive that helping you prep is the best kind of help that they can give.