That looks pretty cool, not sure if I'm going to make the wheels driven though, my design is currently a mix of the affordaplane, airbike, and the zenith style aluminum extrusion/sheet construction, I think I've got most of the electric powertrain figured out, mainly working out all of the structural/mechanical parts right nowWelcome!
I met a student from, I think, WPI, who had built his own electric "trike", except that it had 4 wheels instead of 3 and had driven wheels in addition to the props. 4 motors, all very small but with impressive amounts of power. Probably the props were too small.
View attachment 75917
Not a terribly efficient aircraft, of course.
Wish you well. I believe electric planes will be particularly good for training over the near haul, given fuel availability, etc.I am a college student in the DFW area fascinated with aviation and aerospace.
I was thinking kind of a mix between the two, I would love to do the latter but the complicated lofting and composites work seem a bit out of my reach for my experience (and budget). I have been working in solidworks and this is what I have produced so far. It's definitely heavier than I would like at the current moment but it is weighing in around 58lbs made from 6061-T6Welcome to HBA, you will find this place to be a fantastic experience.
We recently had a thread started by Peter, about the next follow-on project for him. We discussed several suggestions, and there were many good ideas, opinions, and considerations brought up.
Are you aware of the aluminum electric Flying Flea derivative done by Nedo Lavorini in Italy? A tremendous achievement, by using standard aircraft material (thin sheet metal and rivets) and still delivering a very light, electric powered aircraft that flew well.
What type or style of UL aircraft are you interested in... an open "flying lawnchair" Quicksilver type, a flying wing, a conventional layout Moni or Luciole style?