Anyone flying their Brantly?

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Anyone flying their Brantly?

Postby seneca2e » Sat Dec 13, 2014 12:11 am

I still am. The short days force me to do more night flying that I really want to though. I much prefer to fly of the day. It's just safer from my viewpoint. BUT this time of year to get any flight time in you might have to suck it up and get out there and fly at night lol. Be careful with the crazy distortion and glare that you can get in bubble aircraft. Brantly even has a service letter on this ref the landing light. Flying the Brantly after flying other machines still make me appreciate just what a great machine this is. Lots of beautiful XMAS lights out there to see right now so give it a extra good preflight and get out there and fly the magic carpet!
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Re: Anyone flying their Brantly?

Postby Brad Bowles » Sun Dec 14, 2014 8:25 am

Try wrapping tape around the inside of the cut out for the landing lights. It seems to cut out the reflection of the lights through the bubble. I used electrical tape in short pieces about an inch long . Wrapping inside to outside.Hoping to fly mine some this week. Keep them flying.
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Re: Anyone flying their Brantly?

Postby 9121u » Fri Oct 21, 2016 6:54 pm

HI guys its been a while any one still flying the great little ......Brantlys .. this forum seems very quiet
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Re: Anyone flying their Brantly?

Postby 9121u » Wed Mar 22, 2017 5:16 pm

HAY is any one still flying there brantlys ........ this forum is super quiet
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Re: Anyone flying their Brantly?

Postby G-ATLO » Fri Jul 14, 2017 6:56 am

Hi All
The forum has gone quiet because some dickhead in New Zealand didn't change his hard Dampers, ripped his blade and grounded everyone else due to the over reaction of the FAA and the (seen to be doing something syndrome).On reading back the FAA comments I find they took absolutely no notice of any owners comments. This damage occurs due to fast starts or Hard dampers which harden with age.It is so well known that the UK importer in the 1970s BEAS had a minor mod drawn up to place a doubler around the affected area at the blade root because the students used to occasionally fast start their Brantlys .I believe they would also charge for damaged blades.It clearly says in the flight manual start with the Rotor brake on to avoid an over prime ,quick engine start, quick clutch engagement ,quick blade engagement .The energy has to be lost somewhere and that is the Damper or its attachment point.If the Damper is hard then its relatively immovable so the energy goes to the attachment and creases the blade. Nothing to do with bloody Glue and Bonding, simple laws of physics and poor Airmanship or maintenance. Rant over unfortunately when I need new blades so is my Brantly.
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