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    Super Wood: Transforming natural wood into high-performance material

    The Sport Aviation article notes that the removal of the lignin before the hot pressing is what makes it different from previous attempts. I hope it works out as they say but yeah, probably many years before it's available and hopefully affordable!
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    Super Wood: Transforming natural wood into high-performance material

    I was looking through the June 2018 edition of EAA/Sport Aviation and read an article titled “Super Wood: Transforming natural wood into high-performance material.” Researchers at the University of Maryland (UMD) have created a process called “Densification” that apparently can “engineer wood...
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    Commercial flying - has anyone else noticed this?

    I was in Troy, MI (grew up there) for about a week to see some longtime friends. It's always good to see old friends:) At cruising altitude, one of the things I watch for is other airliners going in the opposite direction. In all my years flying, I've only seen a few. With the high closure...
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    Commercial flying - has anyone else noticed this?

    I just got back from a vacation in Michigan. I've been noticing this in the past but even more so on my return flight - it seems like many people close the window shade for most if not all of the flight. On my return flight, the window shade across the isle was lowered while taxing out for...
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    Polen Special, anyone?

    Hi All, I made a little progress on the interior. Nothing final, just wanted to get an idea of size and space. I started to model some of the instruments but decided to stop for now. I've been working a lot of extra hours this year so I haven't been able to work on this as much as I'd like...
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    Polen Special, anyone?

    I finally had a chance to do some renders of version 5. I know the color pics aren't necessary at this point but it helps with visualizing the end goal and keeps me motivated. I looked into built-in oxygen systems... It seems like a good idea but for the moment, will probably just go with a...
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    Polen Special, anyone?

    I'm not sure about the original tail surfaces. I picked the 0012 after reading Barnaby Wainfan's "Airfoil Selection" book. He mentioned that the 0009 and 0012 as good choices for tail surfaces but I didn't have any specific reason for picking the 0012 over the 0009. I haven't thought about a...
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    Polen Special, anyone?

    Hi All, Checking in with some updates. I'm mostly finished with Raymer's "Simplified Aircraft Design for Homebuilders." I learned a lot and definitely recommend it as a 1st step for anyone without experience and doing a conceptual design. Per the book, it's meant to be a first-pass conceptual...
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    Raymer "Simplified Aircraft Design for Homebuilders" question

    Hi All, I'm working with the spreadsheet that comes with the Raymer "Simplified Aircraft Design for Homebuilders" book. On the "As-Drawn Performance" tab, cell D6 is Engine Power and it's initially linked to the value entered on the "Initial Sizing Inputs" tab On the As-Drawn Performance tab...
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    Polen Special, anyone?

    Hi All, It's been a long time (too long) since I've updated my progress but finally finished version 5. In the pictures, you can see that it departs significantly from the 3-view of the original Polen Special. Version 5 is more of a Polen Special inspired design as opposed to a copy of the...
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    Solidworks EAA Maker Edition

    The offer is for a one year student version with options to renew the student version and an EAA membership seems to be all that's needed. From the EAA website, you fill out a form and they send you an e-mail with the info needed to fill out a Solidworks download page. For example, the...
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    Solidworks EAA Maker Edition

    Wow - that's great news! I won't be able to get to this for another day or two - how does it look? Is it the student version? I'm guessing we might start seeing some Solidworks questions here on the forum.
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    Solidworks EAA Maker Edition

    I just read the EAA forum thread Chris mentioned above. It looks like Solidworks has offered a $500.00 discount in the past. Although a nice discount, $500.00 off the commercial price would still be too steep for me. I tried a student version of Solidworks many years ago and would be quite happy...
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    Suggested CAD for Airplane Blueprints

    There may be a Solidworks option coming soon - see my post from earlier today - "Solidworks EAA Maker Edition " and more details should be available this coming Monday.
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    Solidworks EAA Maker Edition

    In the Aug issue of SportAviation/Experimenter, there is an article on 3-D Modeling Software. The article mentions that a version of Solidworks - "EAA Maker Edition" will be available to EAA members. The webpage link - EAA Sport Aviation Magazine | EAA - under the "This Months Extras" is not...
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