The purpose of the "moto-air" group is to foster the
exchange of information and ideas pertaining to the use of
motorcycle engines in aircraft. Because this is a
"discussion group," participation is paramount. You should
try to post at least once every 60 days (2 months).
In your first post, explain a little about who you are and
why you are interested in this subject.
If you are working on a project, you might post a status
report, even if it's only "I couldn't work on my project
at all the last two months."
If you come across any information that you think might be
interesting to the group, post it.
If you're not comfortable writing very much in English,
post in your own language. If someone in the group can't
read your language, then that's what
http://translate.google.com/ is for. ;-)
If you know of a project that isn't referenced in the
files or photos section, let the group know about it.
If you don't have a project, then you must have a
daydream, pipe dream, or something. Nothing is too silly
to share here.
If you don't feel that you have any information to
contribute, then certainly you must have questions. Asking
questions is the best way to generate discussion, and this
group serves no purpose if there is no discussion.
If you are a Yahoo member, be sure to check out the files,
photos, links, database, and calendar areas of moto-air.
The 'files' section is for anything pertaining to
motorcycle engines in airplanes, other than photos. As of
this writing, the 'files' section contains Excel
spreadsheets for several engines showing
torque/horsepower/rpm data, and if applicable, gear ratios
of integral transmissions, to give you an idea of
available horsepower and propeller speeds. There is also a
Word document of Frequently Asked Questions which Rick
Giles has allowed us to post.
Feel free to download any files. Feel free to upload any
files that pertain to the subject of motorcycle engines in
Images should be posted to the 'photos' section. The
'photos' section has 'albums' for each engine
manufacturer. If, for instance, you have an image of an
airplane powered by a Honda engine, post it to the 'Honda'
album. If you have an image you want to share and don't
know where to upload it, send an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org asking for help.
The 'links' section contains links to websites that have
information pertinent to using motorcycle engines in
airplanes. If you find a link you think would be of
interest to the group, add it to the 'links' section.
As of this writing, the 'database' section contains a
table called "Engine_Comp", which contains some very basic
information weight, power, and cost for various engines.
If you have information on a motorcycle or similar engine
that is not already in the database, feel free to add a
record. Be sure in the 'Info Source' field you put either
your name, or if you are taking the information from some
other source, the name or a link for that source.
Finally, the 'calendar' section shows events where a
motorcycle engine powered airplane may be seen. If you
know of such an event, and it has not been posted to the
calendar, feel free to add it. Be sure to include the
location, and if possible, contact information or a
I hope this group is useful to you. We look forward to
hearing from you.
David Hill, moderator