Most pilots (without an infinite budget) say so. But once they own a plane, absolutely nobody is going to spend 15 minutes of assembly for a short flight, save a few nutcases (I'm one of those).For daily use, I'd have no problem spending 10-15 minutes putting it together.
Indeed. In ALL circumstances. Rain, gusts, on another airport.But it's absolutely critical that it be a one-person job.
For more than one reason. High wings invariably means that it'll roll over with gusts and your trailer will (on the road) be blown over. Either keep the chords levels, or have them vertical, but keep the wings fairly low.Adding to AR's very useful list:
-- Keeping the overall height of the folded aircraft to something less than 7' allows it to be rolled into most US garages, older small hangars with lower doors (built for TD aircraft). I think the Onex missed the boat by folding the wing panels up rather than pivoting them alongside the fuselage. If you are trailering the aircraft because you don't have a hangar at the airport, where will you work on it? Probably at home, and that may mean putting into a garage periodically. So, low height is good.
Many people try to design within a certain length, often 19'6". Don't. The Ion (not Icon) LSA is a good example, they ended up with a massive tail. Make the plane a lot longer and you'll end up with a much smaller tail one can easily fit through for example a door.
I do see - a lot wrong with it. You really don't want separate tools. They break down, can damage wings and tails etc and you still have to "transfer" parts from being attached to the fuselage to the trailer. See the first video in post #2 how awkward that can be. And then, those tools are very expensive and complex. A trailer like in the first video runs at just under 20K US$. For a good reason. People that try to go cheaper have a wing cart that runs out of the rails and thus wreck a wing.Since we are building a trailer I see little wrong with making it a bit more complex to help with the handling of the assembly.
Exactly. Or diagonal (Davis DA11). Or vertical, with the span along the direction of driving..If the plane is going to be designed from the beginning to be stored in a trailer and assembled for each flight it might be good to remember that the plane doesn't have to be pulled down the highway on it's longitudinal axis. There is nothing wrong with travel with the wing span aligned with the road if the fuselage folds or breaks in 2 parts.
So when you damage the hinge point, you have a good chance of equally damaging the indicator/lock connection, giving a false positive. While I like the idea of the Onex, it's clear that they've thought it out well, but never actually worked on disassembling/folding planes on a daily basis. In the real world, it's a crash waiting to happen.I thought the Onex had a locked/unlocked indicator on top of the wing visible from the ground or cockpit?