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    Donations for Mike Alsbury's Family (Deceased SS2 Pilot)

    I hope the mods will forgive me for soliciting donations, but I can't think of a more worthy cause. Everyone knows about the SpaceShipTwo crash and I hear a lot of admiration for the test pilots. Besides being great guys, they were both family men. Mike Alsbury (the deceased SS2 pilot) leaves...
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    Pipistrel's Electric Trainer - WATTsUP

    More practical & capable electric aircraft are slowly coming to market. I think Pipistrel's latest electric trainer is rather impressive: Pipistrel WATTsUP Two-Place Electric Trainer Makes First Flight | EAA I was struck by how much it resembles the Yuneec e430 but there's no connection...
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    VTOL and the Silicon Valley Connection

    The following AvWeek article is now available to non-subscribers: http://aviationweek.com/commercial-aviation/autonomous-unmanned-air-transport-faces-challenges This article discusses autonomous public transport aircraft and mentions the Hopper electric VTOL concept as well as the Joby S2...
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    Distributed Electric Propulsion

    The July 7th edition of Aviation Week had two articles about distributed electric propulsion and electric VTOL. NASA has entered into contracts with Empirical Systems Aerospace and Joby Aviation to build and demonstrate such vehicles. The article had a cool rendering of a Tecnam P2006T that...
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    Flying Car Marketing

    I was driving around town today and came across the billboard attached below. While I don't think we'll have practical flying cars for many years, I'll admit to a vicarious thrill at the sighting. Maybe there should be a discussion of how flying cars are depicted in the media and how that...
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    Congressional Proposal for Driver's License Medical

    After the FAA pretty much ignored the AOPA/EAA petition for driver's license medicals for aircraft of 180 HP or less, AOPA used it's political contacts to introduce a bill in Congress that would abolish third-class medical certificates for many non-commercial pilots: December 12, 2013 - Reps...
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    Another Canard Dream...

    A friend sent me this link to review: composite kit aircraft, Raptor Aircraft Pricing This is an interesting and ambitious project with aesthetically pleasing elements. The website has some beautiful CAD graphics, but includes more than one incorrect statement about canard aircraft. It's...
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    Your Most Embarrassing Mistake!

    It's summer time and I thought this might be fun. What is your most embarrassing mistake as a pilot, builder, or designer? I'll start with a confession or two: I was taking a series of aircraft design & stress analysis classes for a UCLA certificate. Dan Raymer taught the class on UAV...
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    Harry Riblett Passed Away

    They say things happen in threes: First Bill Husa, then Martin Hollmann, and now Harry Riblett. Harry passed away on Dec 23. A link to his obituary is posted below: Harry C. Riblett Jr. Obituary: View Harry Riblett's Obituary by The News Journal All 3 men contributed to experimental and...
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    Orion's Legacy (in Book Form)

    I was telling my wife about Orion (Bill Hulsa) today at lunch and it occurred to me that the sheer volume and quality of his technical postings could be the basis for an aircraft design book. Everything from A to Z about small aircraft design. Throw in a few other postings from technical experts...
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    Ergonomics and Seatback Angles

    Over the years, I've seen sketches of aircraft designs that placed the occupants in uncomfortable positions, yet the designer had no clue this was the case. This aspect of design is frequently misunderstood or even ignored. But the ergonomics of your completed aircraft will have a major impact...
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    Apollo Canard

    After months of weekend work, my aircraft design site is completed. About 90% of the work was in creating CONTENT rather than the website itself. The site also functions as a design blog where I describe the design goals/drivers and the optimization of my project. Yes, it's a canard pusher...
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    Naming Your Design

    I’m facing a dilemma that you may have experienced: what to name your new aircraft and/or website. I’ve designed a high performance two seat canard aircraft and decided long ago to call it the “Apollo”. I even registered apolloaircraft.com ten years ago. But now there’s another company called...
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