All Metal 'STOLLITE'

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  1. Dec 28, 2003 #1

    pylon500

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    G'Day from OZ,
    I've just joined the group so thought I would wave the flag for my previous machine.
    I call it the STOLLITE (STOL Ultralight)
    This is my forth project, and second to be completed. (it's also been rebuilt and modified once) :rolleyes:
    The wings came from my third project and were heavily modified.
    The whole aircraft was actually put together as a Hack till I could finish my first project (the reality is even more convoluted than it looks) :confused:
    I have a photographic history of the construction at the following website;
    http://www.pbase.com/pylon500
    It looks like I may not get to finish my first project for some time as I now have a fifth project which I'm hoping to go into production of as a kit.
    Maybe once I've got my racer kit rolling along I'll toy with finishing it off.
    Quick specs on the STOLLITE;
    All metal, but with fibreglass wing ribs (seemed like a good idea at the time)
    2 seat, but single control
    Folding wings, genuine five minutes by one person.
    582 Rotax powered
    Can cruise at 80kts, but better economy at around 70kts
    Minimum flying speed (flap and power) around 28kts
    64 litres of fuel @ 15 litres per hour (70kts)
    Empty weight 310kg (680lbs)
    As an Aerospace Structural Fitter :gig: sheetmetal was the way to go, and if you look carefully you can see numerous adaptations of many GA aircraft concepts.
    The cabin is 30" wide (skin to skin) so I also call it my flying arm chair :D
    Arthur.
     

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  2. May 3, 2004 #2

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    Finally got some good air to air shots of my Stollite! :D
    Arthur.
     

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  3. May 3, 2004 #3

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    Just another shot :rolleyes:
     

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  4. May 3, 2004 #4

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    A nice machine Pylon! Sort of an O-1 with most of the bloat removed. :D Whereabouts do you fly it?
     
  5. May 5, 2004 #5

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    G'Day Spodman, I'm in AUSTRALIA, and I fly (and instruct) at a small field about 35 miles South-West of Sydney, called The OAKS
    I instruct with The Sydney Ultralight Flying Club and we have a membership of around 60, at least 12 of whom are building something! :D
    Here's my next project....
    Arthur.
     

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    Looks good, I've seen your other posts. I don't fly or build anything yet, but live near Melbourne. I'll keep an eye out for O-1's making Rotax noises:D
     
  7. Mar 26, 2005 #7

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    Stollite ribs

    Nice job! I was wondering why, with all your evident skill in sheet metalwork, you went for glass ribs instead of aluminium?

    I wish I could manage to join two bits of sheet without giving the whole thing that 'instant vintage' look...
     
  8. Mar 26, 2005 #8

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    Saweeeeet little b1rd,you must be very proud.I know I wouls be.
    I was in Syd town in 1966 abourd the USS Hornet,Met a mate named Barry Drainsworth or Drainswater I cant remember but we had the best time I ever remember.We went to the board track races,man that was fun.I remember some of those little cars had a 3 cylinder engine in the front.Seems they stayed in a drift all the way around the track.Are there still any of those engines or cars around?I think Barry lived out need the Oaks anyway we had to ride a train to get to his folks home.Wish I could get up with him to see how he's doing.
    Anyway keep up the good work you are very tallanted,onya.
    G'Day Mate
    Sonny
     
  9. Jul 21, 2005 #9

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    G'Day PTAirco, The idea for the fibreglass ribs came from a club member building a lightweight composite machine, and his method of rib making looked a lot quicker and easier than cutting odd shapes, punching lightening holes, filing all the corners and then hammering the flanges over and hoping they all end up the same shape! (mine usually do :D )
    In hindsight though, having to clean the mould, wax, apply release agent, lay-up then wait till green or cured, then open the mould, trim, sand and de-flash the rib befrore starting all over again, actually took longer than the metal way. :rolleyes:
    As I say, have a look at the pbase site to see most of the construction photo's.
    Arthur.
     
  10. Mar 2, 2006 #10

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    Stolite

    What a nice little airplane you've got. Good for you.
     
  11. Mar 4, 2006 #11

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    Well Thanks'! :D
    Arthur.
     
  12. Jun 21, 2006 #12

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    Very good design

    You have planes or kit to sell?
    I am very interested in constructing one.

    believe that it is the airplane that it was looking for.

    It remembers a little to a HiMax,


    Tanks

    antoni vidal nadal
    Manacor Illes balears
    spain
     

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