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Your post is completely appropriate post for this forum. What an inspiration the Global Flyer is! It still amazes me how much of our current aviation technology (Global Flyer, SpaceShipOne, Cirrus, Lancair, UAVÂ’s, UCAVÂ’s) comes straight from EAA homebuilders tinkering in their garages and barns in the Â‘70s and Â‘80s!
Isn’t that the truth!!?? I have a six year old son that it just as enfatuated with anything that flies as I was at his age. I really, really look forward to what he will be able to fly in twenty, thirty, and forty years. The pace of developement has picked up again, and he is too young to know what is in store for him. I never thought (even as late as ten years ago) that I would be able to have a plane that would be able to carry my family of four at over 200 miles per hour, in high comfort, with satellite navigation, and a huge MFD to any place I wanted to go. I still remember four years ago, while pondering the Cirrus purchase, drawing a 630 mile arc centered on my home airport and realizing I could reach almost anywhere in the eastern half of the country in three hours.
Now, for the first time in my lifetime, there are significant developements in powerplants and avionics. The future truly does look bright for propeller heads like us.