I've been lurking a good while and learning a lot from you guys and I guess it's time to finally break cover.
I currently fly gliders (1985 vintage LS6), used to fly toy aeroplanes, did an Aerospace Engineering degree getting on for 20 years ago and have my eye on designing / building some kind of SSDR (sub 300kg, single seat, 35 Knot stall speed) thing.
What really got my interest going was the recent proliferation of small electric aeroplanes so the idea is to build something efficient, cheapish and low powered with off the shelf (read toy aeroplane) parts. Doesn't seem to me that I need any new technology - the power train was worked out five+ years ago, the aerodynamics and structures 30+ years ago all I've got to do is tie it all together nicely(!)
I'll be popping up around the place asking dumb questions for the next little while as I work out what might work.
Here's a brief outline of what I'm after:
90 Knot cruise(!)
1 hr+ endurance
composite construction (infused carbon probably because that looks fun)
Must be possible to build most of it in pretty confined space.
That's about it really.