Taylor Monoplane ZS-UHG

Aircraft designed by John F. Taylor (A.M.I.E.D), with the legacy now looked after by his son Terry Taylor.

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Re: Taylor Monoplane ZS-UHG

Unread post by Bearcat » Mon May 14, 2018 1:19 am

Ray W wrote:Wow, congrats Keaton. She looks a lot better than this which was taken many years ago
Just picked up UHG and brought her up to Gauteng today. That undersized and badly painted spinner was part of the spares package :)
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Re: Taylor Monoplane ZS-UHG

Unread post by Bearcat » Mon May 14, 2018 1:25 am

Chris Hicks, the previous owner of UHG maneuvers her off his patio for the last time prior to the Bears picking her up from Hillcrest on Sunday. Looks like a large RC model :)
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Re: Taylor Monoplane ZS-UHG

Unread post by Bearcat » Mon May 14, 2018 1:50 am

A happy Air Bear about to depart with UHG for Gauteng... which would take us 10 hours point to point :shock:
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Re: Taylor Monoplane ZS-UHG

Unread post by Theuns v V » Mon May 14, 2018 6:36 am

Very nice! however that is the wrong T-shirt :lol:
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Unread post by V5 - LEO » Mon May 14, 2018 6:43 am

....nice, very happ for you, is it Hugo's trailer.
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Re: Taylor Monoplane ZS-UHG

Unread post by Ray W » Mon May 14, 2018 8:48 am

Brilliant Keaton. Hope to see her up and about soon
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Re: Taylor Monoplane ZS-UHG

Unread post by Bearcat » Mon May 14, 2018 8:48 pm

If you are going to transport an aircraft .. say less than 50km and you can keep your speed down to circa 60km/h then I would imagine things are quite simple.
If you are transporting an aircraft close to 700km .. Durban to Coves .. then you really need to be able to travel faster .. perhaps 100km/hour and securing the aircraft to the trailer gets complicated
Tying the aircraft down for such a journey .. and for such a light aircraft needs a lot of consideration. It would be easy to damage the aircraft by tying it down too tight .. but at the same time.. wings or not .. its going to want to depart the trailer at 100km/h.
With sprung steel undercarriage its going to bounce every time there is a bump in the road .. especially as these 5m trailers are hard and are designed to take up to 2.5MT cars. The wings of course are very light and although you can position them to the airflow .. any wind that gets under them is going to create havoc. Any softness .. ie covering / blankets / foam is going to be affected by airflow and can start flapping around and cause damage/ wear on the paint so there is a balance between how much protection to use vs its potential to cause damage. You will notice that we did not cover the open cockpit and this was deliberate. The risk of stuff flapping around and causing damage was such that we did not cover it ... although we had supplies on standby if we had encountered rain.

Although aircraft are relatively light .. one should not underestimate how heavy these 5M trailers can be, therefore do not try and tow one behind a light vehicle. The load bed is 5m plus about 1.5m draw bar so its a looong combination. We were fortunate to have the use of Brian Appeltons 4 litre Jeep Cherokee for which I am very grateful for, as a lessor vehicle would have created more stresses during the journey. For interest, whilst dragging the trailer we did circa 16L per 100km...but very worth it to have the proper equipment with low down grunt.

Anyway, the story ends happily with UHG being delivered without any damage but I must admit that both myself and Keaton were completely buggered after this journey.
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Re: Taylor Monoplane ZS-UHG

Unread post by FLYGUYS » Tue May 15, 2018 8:27 am

Hi Bruce,
I fully understand how you feel after the trip, we just brought the VP1 back from Oudtshoorn, never again :shock: :shock: :shock:
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Re: Taylor Monoplane ZS-UHG

Unread post by Mike Wissing » Tue May 22, 2018 9:32 pm

My VP 1 nearly has wings! Got any photos of yours FG?
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Re: Taylor Monoplane ZS-UHG

Unread post by FLYGUYS » Wed May 23, 2018 8:27 am

Hi Mike,
Good to hear.
Go to the Evans page and I'll put some photos there :D
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Re: Taylor Monoplane ZS-UHG

Unread post by Mike Wissing » Fri May 25, 2018 5:10 pm

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Re: Taylor Monoplane ZS-UHG

Unread post by Bearcat » Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:08 am

Taylor Monoplane ZS-UHG at Coves Airfield
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Re: Taylor Monoplane ZS-UHG

Unread post by Fransw » Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:49 pm

Bearcat wrote:
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Taylor Monoplane ZS-UHG at Coves Airfield
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Looking good! What engine?

I like that huge map of S Africa in the back!
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Re: Taylor Monoplane ZS-UHG

Unread post by Bearcat » Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:31 pm

Re Engine .. its a 1600 VW that requires rebuilding so possible upgrade to 1800cc
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Re: Taylor Monoplane ZS-UHG

Unread post by Bearcat » Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:32 pm

Taylor Monoplane ZS-UHG Coves Airfield
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