Not sure who this is, with the patent on the Dmitriev style mechanism, but it's up-to-date on the fees...I tracked down some other folks who had been talking about the X-14 on another thread.
RLaurin says he was building an improved version of one about a year ago, so I contacted him to see what was up. Here is his reply from this morning.
"Yes built one with alot of changes flys like its on rails. Patton pending. Will forward pics once Patton is final.
The x 14 was flown a couple of times. But was a scary ride."
Does anyone know anything about this plane? Since he claims it has flown, I figured someone here might have heard something about it?
Surely a flying fold-up airplane would be big news at any airport.
I reminded him that once a patent claim is filed, showing pictures is no big deal - sure would like to find out if this is legitimate - or not.
I could find no patents (or pending) under his name in US or Canada, nor anything regarding such an aircraft design.
The only contact info I could find under his name under the town listed on his profile (says he designs ultralights, only has three posts) is for a Musician.
Not holding my breath...
Patent EP1619119B1 - Wing assembly for an ultralight aircraft, and ultralight aircraft provided ... - Google Patents