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Well-Known Member, from Sahuarita Arizona, Renton Washington, USA

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    1. ARP
      Hello Jedi,

      Thanks for replying.

      Can you please use my email address ( ) for communications as the HBA site causes operational problems for my PC. I will not redistribute your email address without your express permission.

      There are number of mutually interesting ideas mentioned in your pen picture and I think that sharing ideas is the best way forward. Cooperation is better than competition providing benefits to all.

      If you are happy to correspond directly then use my email address and I can then send stuff directly to yours.


    2. Pete Plumb
      Pete Plumb
      Hi Jedi. I went on my website last night and replied to a couple of inquiries in the Q&A section. One was about my choice for using a cast crank instead of the tried-and-true forging. If you are interested in reading my reply it was to "dragon2knight". Turned out to be a short novel...LOL. Talk soon!
    3. aeroboy
      Hi jedi, would you please introduce me to the aerolite 103 designer . having the plans will allow me to start the structural study and the aerodynamic study . helping me to find the plans could be the key for a better plane in the future
    4. Blackhawk
      Sorry, all work was lost because of Patent issues.
    5. ThadBeier
      One big idea that I have had addresses the divergence issue. fsw tends to increase aoa at the tips ad the wings bend up, causing more lift, causing more twist, until the wings break.

      The X29 addressed this by orienting the fibers of the carbon fiber skin to cause the wings to wash out when they bend. Works, but complex.

      I'd suggest moving the spar forward from the traditional quarter chord to maybe 20%. this will cause more lift aft of the spar, washing out the wing.
    6. litespeed
      Hey Jedi,

      Greetings from down under

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    Sahuarita Arizona, Renton Washington, USA
    Current / Future projects:
    Roadable and off roadable individual transportation. Engine/power train/propulsion development. Compact and convient folding aircraft. Alternate stability and control systems. Control wing/free wing/fan wing/vortex lift projects.
    Past Projects:
    Model configuration tests. Flex wing design and manufacture. Amateur build and production aircraft maintenance, experimental modification and flight test.
    Grew up in Michigan with Ford, Chrysler and GM. Mechanical engineer (MSME U of M ‘67) and retired commercial UAL pilot, ATP/CFI. Worked on turbine and Diesel engine development, Boeing customer service, propulsion and flight test. Studied and taught at University of Illinois and Embry Riddle University and enjoyed numerous other miscellaneous aviation endeavors.

    Engineer and pilot/CFI interested in Light Individual Transport Operations (LITO), anything from bicycles and motorcycles to ultralights and pogo sticks and many things in between. Lightest objects flown are 35 pound paragliders and hang gliders. Heaviest objects flown are B-747 MTGW 980,000 pounds.


    The most elegant theory can never change reality but even a mediocre theory can predict reality most of the time.
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