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    Dry-ice blasting to prep surface for next layer?

    Thank you karmarepair and Fiberglassworker!
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    The new project aircraft VP 12. Ukraine

    Congratulations from Switzerland! She is beautiful! The "Halo" above the pilots' heads reminds me of the safety feature of the current Formula One cars. Is this a rollover protection?
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    Dry-ice blasting to prep surface for next layer?

    Hi Can you use dry ice blasting to prep a cured carbon/epoxy laminate surface for good adhesion of the next layer? Thanks ElEsido
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    Rutan Ski-gull

    Anybody knows what's going on? The last bit of info that I can find is Trevor Budge's video "SkiGull Hull Modifications Winter 18/19" posted in June 2019. Apparently they added a step.
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    Whatever became of ......

    Too bad. I was hoping that what they wrote in the FAQs on their website would come true some time. Seems they were considering offering a kit of a side by side version (it says "This could happen as early as 2017").
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    Whatever became of ......

    ...the Double Ender Bush Plane? Last update on their website is from October 2015.
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    Rutan Ski-gull

    Kind of an update from January 2019: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/antennafilms/looking-up-way-up-the-burt-rutan-story/posts/2392164 Can it be seen at Oshkosh this summer?
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    Question (from a noob non-pilot): What's up with all the ...

    One more consideration to favour a T-tail: If you outland in high grass a wheat field the elevator of a T-tail stays where you put it; whereas the elevators of a cross tail might get sheared off. Not sure how V-tails did in field landings.
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    Ebay Today

    Great find; a beautiful soaring classic! If the lucky buyer reads this: Please keep us updated on the restoration!
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    OpenTrainer: New crowd-sourced open-source two-seat primary training sailplane

    I remember reading an interview with an engineer of one of the German sailplane manufacturers said that developing a "new kind of ASK 21" was not worth it. If you do the whole design work (including a crash safe cockpit) you can as well apply modern aerodynamics on the outside and add a new wing...
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    OpenTrainer: New crowd-sourced open-source two-seat primary training sailplane

    Hi all I don’t know about the financial situation of clubs in the US. But from a European perspective it’s the costs of the tug plane that are the most significant factor on the way to the license. From this perspective developing a new tug plane that’s cheap top operate might be a goal that is...
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    Rutan Ski-gull

    Thanks Karoliina. Just read a trip report of a Swiss club doing Switzerland-Montreal twice in an SR22 within a couple of days. Similar caliber as a SkiGull I'd say. Apparently the de-icing system was required to do the trip.
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    Rutan Ski-gull

    Can anybody make an educated guesses whether SkiGull can be equipped with some kind of de-icing? It's supposed to land on snow, after all... Do VGs generally affect the wing's icing tendencies?
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    Rutan Ski-gull

    In September Burt Rutan joined one of Reddit’s “Ask Me Anything”-sessions (link). He answered a couple of questions about the SkiGull. A compilation: "Still working hard to develop SkiGull. I had to give up on using wheels on the soft-super flexible water/snow skis. It now has a separate...
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    Openvario - open source (sailplane) flight computer project

    Hi Henryk Thanks for the link. I have read through a google-translation of the Polish thread you have linked above. Very interesting stuff! I would be glad if you could send me Pitotr's email as a private message here; or if you could ask piotr to post in this forum or on the openvario forum...
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