Very cool.Yes, the guys are using it to fly Young Eagles on a fairly routine basis. At my insistence (pay no attention to that shotgun in your back) they are being very conservative, any little mechanical or operational issue grounds them until it is resolved.
How would you revise that setup Bill? Forward tilt, slider?The 80 HP Rotax 912 would make that airplane a really neat little mahcine with pretty good STOL capability, with a little personality and character thrown in to make it unusual.
If you or anyone else wants to build one, I would strongly recommend against the original windshield/canopy/door setup. That is the one thing about this airplane that I didn't like.
I was pondering on that one for a while. I was leaning more toward a T18 style canopy. Your idea would probably work really well with gas struts forcing the canopy upwards against the airflow. Emergency handle could unlock the front end initially and fully pulling it could unhinge the aft end.One piece blown canopy mounted on parallel arms, which swing the canopy up and aft, resting on top of the turtledeck behind the pilot compartment.
Emergency release would be designed such that the canopy would tear away after it raised upward and rearward enough that it would not whack the occupants in the face.
I tried and tried to get the EAA chapter boys to see the value in the upward swinging canopy, and got nowhere. I would not want to own the Cygnet without that feature. The shoulder wing isn't bothersome, the forward sweep isn't bothersome, and the geodesic wing structure isn't bothersome. But the entry/exit is where this airplane comes up short with me.
I agree with the fuel tanks in the wing from a safety perspective, but I would very strongly suspect that the wings are not high enough for wing mounted tanks to provide gravity feed to the engine at a high AoA. I didn't much like the fuel tank behind my head, but it is high enough to feed the engine with gravity. That's probably why it's there.
The one we have looks a little ridiculous with 5.00 x 5 tires. Kinda needs the Carlisle 8.00's on it as far as I'm concerned. The small tires work fine, but the airplane would just look right with 8.00's.
And as any high end doctoral degree aero engineer will tell you, if it looks right...