LeRoy Cook's Tour: Rainy Days and Thursdays

There is a long tradition of under-wing camping at Oshkosh, regardless of weather.

It occurs to me that there are two Oshkosh rain modes. The first kicks in when rain erupts with a certain amount of warning after a beautiful airshow day, one that began with no hint of precipitation. The midday rain crowd shifts into indoor exhibits, huddles under wings and sprouts ponchos, and even stays for the Doobie Brothers concert on Monday evening. Continue reading "LeRoy Cook's Tour: Rainy Days and Thursdays"

LeRoy Cook’s Tour: Tempting Tidbits

Calling all early adopters... Photo: Terrafugia.

I must confess to being torn between twin folding-wing temptations. Should I get on the Early Adopter list for the Terrafugia roadable airplane or the Icon A5 amphibious LSA? In the presence of the respective pitchmen, I can almost be persuaded. However, a third dilemma now presents itself in the form of a proposed flying trike-motorcycle, the Sampson Motors Switchblade. Only jaded Oshkosh temperament stiffens my resolve. If you prefer to carry your motorcycle rather than fly it, the folks at MotoPod have devised a belly pod for the Vans RV-10 that accommodates a modified 225cc Suzuki with the front wheel detached and handlebars folded. Approvals are being sought for certified aircraft. Continue reading "LeRoy Cook’s Tour: Tempting Tidbits"

Maxwell Propulsion Upgrades Its Four-Cylinder Options

Thanks to a stroke increase bumping the four-cylinder, single-overhead-cam Subaru engine's displacement to 2.6 liters, the current iteration of the Maxwell Propulsion firewall-forward package now produces 205 horsepower. For essentially the same weight as the previous, 165-hp setup, the new "stroker" engine should improve performance of the Glastar Sportsman airframe that is the company's development mule. The basic engine package including electronic control units, prop-speed reduction drive and major accessories starts at $27,000.

For more information, contact Maxwell Propulsion.