Allen Sutphin

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About Allen Sutphin

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  • Birthday 09/10/1955

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  • Gender Male
  • Location Webster Springs, WVa
  • Interests A&P, flyer, builder,

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  1. Allen Sutphin added a post in a topic New Member   

    Just as he just stated, make sure the paperwork is in order. 50% of what you are buying is the paperwork. I have checked on 11 aircraft recently that was supposed to be Pt 103. All 11 were overweight, unregistered E-AB aircraft. Basically lawn ornaments, without a lot of work to possibly get them legal. A few were 2 seaters with 10-15 gal fuel tanks that the seller swore was Pt 103. Try to think with your head instead of the heart. A nice aircraft can sway the best of us.
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  2. Allen Sutphin added a topic in Hangar Talk   

    Crash
    Had a serious helio crash near here this past week. An old "B" model Huey crashed with 6 on board, all fatal. Evidently the operation was illegal as a 3 dollar bill. A outfit was giving rides in it along with allowing ex helio pilots to fly it. No CFI on board at all. Was flying NOE in a very rugged area that they had not surveyed. As some of you know, NOE is only flown by military to avoid small arms fire and done at treetop level. No civilian use of NOE is explainable or justified. ( NOE, nap of the earth). Which means keeping the skids out of the tree limbs and no higher. Had no FAA approval or LODA to do so. So lawsuits will be forthcoming.  The old UH-1B was a slug when loaded unlike the UH-1H which was a good bird. Bad no matter how you look at it.
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  3. Allen Sutphin added a post in a topic FAA/DAR   

    I've looked at those pretty hard. Nice ultralight and would do everything one would want in an ultralight. They are pretty pricy and about a year waiting list. I talked to Chris Duel and his lead time currently is about 11-12 months. He wants 30% when ordering, 20% when fuselage is welded, and the balance before shipping. Normal stuff for kit producers. Problem is that when you have a lead time out that far, a lot of things can happen maybe to you or even the kit producer. A lot of people learned this the costly way. Not saying anything bad about the kit producer but thing happen beyond his control or yours and there you are. Money invested with no kit or partial kit. Chris is a good guy with all the right intentions, but we know how life goes sometimes. After my Rotorway Helicopter experience, I am a little gunshy in this current situation.
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  4. Allen Sutphin added a post in a topic two place ridge runner maybe for sale   

    I don't think they allow people from WVa across the Mississippi River. Can't imagine why?
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  5. Allen Sutphin added a post in a topic Another video of working on the cabin and storm damage   

    I live in a log cabin, myself. After staining it for years we decided to paint it with a new paint that came out. Best move we ever done. Now just wash it down with a pressure washer every year or two and good to go.
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  6. Allen Sutphin added a post in a topic two place ridge runner maybe for sale   

    Where is it located?
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  7. Allen Sutphin added a post in a topic FAA/DAR   

    Not a lot of business in this state for a DAR. Maybe one or two a year. Not really worth the time and expense around here anymore. I am liking the looks of Pt 103 a lot more lately. But few folding wing ultralights out there. Maybe take an existing one and redesign a folding wing system. I've heard thru the grapevine that " if you want something around here, you have to build it".
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  8. Allen Sutphin added a topic in Hangar Talk   

    FAA/DAR
    Just got informed by the local FSDO office that they will no longer be doing airworthiness inspections. Will have to use a DAR. Since they are none in WVa that adds to the expense of getting one from out of state. Tried to get me to become one, but a little too old and broken down to travel to Okla City for a couple weeks. Things are leaning more to Pt 103 more and more. 
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  9. Allen Sutphin added a post in a topic Airplane Questions   

    Parts would fall under those famous words "if you want something, you gotta build it". 
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  10. Allen Sutphin added a post in a topic Airplane Questions   

    I took a pretty good look at them when I was hunting one. Well, still hunting one if its close to me. It would be a RR1, RR2, or RR3. The 1 is single place. The 2 has a jump seat if you can call it that with no controls. the 3 is a tandem with dual controls. Went out of business in 2017 or 2018. Built by Stace Shrader. All can use a 503 engine, folding wings like a Kitfox. He started on a RR4 but haven't heard of one. Kits started at around 11K and went up depending on model. Basically a tandem Kitfox. Performance was decent with a 503 if kept light when building. Ground handling was reported to be a little more touchy than a kitfox but manageable. At a decent price, I'd still be interested. A flyable one going for 15K for the RR2 and RR3. No parts available unless you make them. Kitfox style wings and uses Teleflex cables for controls.
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  11. Allen Sutphin added a post in a topic That sinking feeling   

    Never have figured out when a company makes a defective part and its discovered, we still end up paying to replace it. 
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  12. Allen Sutphin added a post in a topic The big “Hail Mary”!   

    I am not a lawyer or even want to be. It could be a hard sell depending on the state in which its formed. But this is in the United States so you might succeed in Calif.
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  13. Allen Sutphin added a post in a topic The big “Hail Mary”!   

    Best of luck in bringing it all together!
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  14. Allen Sutphin added a post in a topic The big “Hail Mary”!   

    Its not unreasonable, but the non-profit part would be since someone would be getting paid to produce parts. The price of the parts would have to be in the form of a "donation".
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  15. Allen Sutphin added a post in a topic Avid flyer MK4 speed wing kit for sale   

    I kind of got a chuckle when I saw this. Something isn't adding up. Doesn't say where it is or what country. FAA and LAA certification?  I'll send him a check right away.
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