How to build a better Swift?

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  1. Jan 27, 2018 #61

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    The lighter they are the more they cost. Easy to keep costs down if weight isn't a priority. There was a video of the guy who built a winning Cub-a-like STOL for the Valdez competition. He talked about getting every last ounce of weight out of the plane. The first pound of weight cost just pennies, but the last few ounce cost thousands.
     
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    I have a question for someone that knows the swift.
    I see a single main spar joiner during assembly, is it about 4 x 4 inches, aluminum, steel or carbon composite ?
    The wing spar is about 6 inch wide honeycombe capped with carbon cap strips.
     
  3. Feb 7, 2018 #63

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    http://www.hangarflying.eu/sites/default/files/imagecache/beeld_artikel/beelden-artikel/_D3D9807.jpg

    =composite...

    http://swiftlight.free.fr/caracteristiques/bv000001.jpg

    >8 "G" !

    http://swiftlight.free.fr/caracteristiques/bv000001.jpg

    -moore...
     
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  4. Feb 7, 2018 #64

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    Personally, I like the Aerola Alatus glider/motorglider. Foot launch is a bold goal, but I don't want a successful takeoff depend on me holding 100+lbs and running like Ben Johnson. Give me wheels like the Aerola or the Archaeopteryx.

    I used to do paragliding then found speedriding. Speedriding is using a small paraglider (8-16m2) and skis. The skis allow fairly effortless takeoff and landing. Some of the most flying fun you can imagine...can be dangerous if you are not careful. Search youtube for "Speedflying Mont Blanc" or "Speedflying Le Blonde" for examples.

    The structure of the Aerola Alatus is very,very interesting. I would like it a bit better if it was stressed a bit higher.
     
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    Personally, I like the Aerola Alatus glider/motorglider. Foot launch is a bold goal, but I don't want a successful takeoff depend on me holding 100+lbs and running like Ben Johnson. Give me wheels like the Aerola or the Archaeopteryx.

    I used to do paragliding then found speedriding. Speedriding is using a small paraglider (8-16m2) and skis. The skis allow fairly effortless takeoff and landing. Some of the most flying fun you can imagine...can be dangerous if you are not careful. Search youtube for "Speedflying Mont Blanc" or "Speedflying Le Blonde" for examples.

    The structure of the Aerola Alatus is very,very interesting. I would like it a bit better if it was stressed a bit higher.
     
  6. Feb 7, 2018 #66

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    The first production Swift, just hung.

    C7E38700-BFB7-43C0-8710-959586E6CFBF.jpg

    I know, but it is a Swift.


    BJC
     
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    Now that's a real Swift
     
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    Welllll, I inherited a just big enough chunk when my mother passed. So I placed a down payment on a Swift. THEN, I was told it would be over a year before they would start on it. I waited and waited. Wanting to fly more. So finally I said Fu*k it. Purchased a Aeros Phantom and a spanky new Liberty. Have been flying the Lib every chance I get. The Phantom, while perhaps...no, it is the best hg I have ever flown in the air. Take off and landing became too much for over sixty. My next goal is one of Camron's ATF trikes. Then I can fly more often as the weather here is too short. I still dream of Swift/Phantom. Once in the air I could go and do so much more. So much that to this date I am still amazed.
     
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    There is a broken Millennium in the Seattle area that needs fixing if that is of interest. Also I would like too discuss a few possibilities for scratch built along your interests.

    We can also discuss my ATF sale or come fly it.
     
  11. Feb 9, 2018 #71

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    really?

    do you know how to get a hold of the Mill owner?

    details about your ATF? (I was planning on buying one from Camron less engin as I have one)
     
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    Yes PM or call me. ATF is older model with MZ engine and soaring wing.
     
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    Just a little info to resurrect a faded dream of some to build a foot launched sailplane on the cheap I have stumbled on to the Klingberg Wing MKII. Rollin Klingberg has a channel that has building technics that he is using for this project. His goal is to provide plans so you can build your own wing. It will have a hang cage just like the Swift and Millennium. I thing he may be on the right track with this project!

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXhs5u7kC5pYoqNUQU9SdWw

    https://www.facebook.com/rollin.klingberg
     

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