New Community Amphibious LSA VAL-31 "Aquarius" a non commercial project

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Dear friends and colleagues. Allow me to share with you a new project that I started a month ago from my very own EAA Chapter 106 (New England) location in Lawrence MA. The name of this project is VAL-31 and the airplane that we are planning to build is called "Aquarius". The original aircraft that is designed about 5 years ago looked like that

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Originally it was a 750 kg three sitter flying boat . We are revisiting that design and making her better lighter and easy to construct and fly for LSA pilots with Sea rating . Our plane is a community project - the same idea that the original designer Mr Aleksey Annenkov has created his plane with. A simple easy to fly training amphibious airplane.

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The project has been started from the EAA SolidWorks home based license and we are moving forward with many aspect of our design and prototyping.

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And I would definitely explain my intents and my progress with anyone who might be interested in helping everyone in our global community with such an interesting venture. We started the project from a corner in Hangar 121 out of KLWM on December 1 of 2017

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A bit of a history if I may. That project is originated from city of Samara by a team of professional aircraft designers lead by Aleksey Annenkov who passed away about three years ago. The original plane was named L-31 and titled "Novaya Vera" (New Hope) created with non commercial educational and training purpose in mind. Mr Annenkov built his plane for kids For those who might be interested in freedom of flying. For those who loves nature and remote locations.

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some members of his team have come to my office a month ago and asked me if I would be interested in resurrecting that idea and bringing this project to wide audience and competing with ICON A5 et.al. for that nature That is how we have started the new 2018 year Community Venture with an assistance from EAA Chapter 106

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The idea is to bring this amphibian plane to AirVenture 2018 and show the intent of making something good to happen - not for the profit, but for a commonwealth and for everyone who might be dreaming of very own versatile airplane. That might be a club or a EAA Chapter or any group of individuals who would be ready to share their skills and willing to contribute and deliver something to that project. We are working hard making that happen. December was unusually cold in New England if any one might noticed

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The building process has been started from scratch out of that little shelter using CNC created slices

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The attachments all seem fine now, thanks. Love the distinctive tail, I would like to hear more about the design decisions that led to that configuration.
 

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The attachments all seem fine now, thanks. Love the distinctive tail, I would like to hear more about the design decisions that led to that configuration.
That is a signature mark of Aleksey Annenkov If you may noticed that V-like tail is implemented in all of his projects . The main reason was initially using that V passage like an entrance to the boat off shore line. The cabin's entry is used to be right behind the wing over the top of the boat. The crew and the passengers can get in easily thru that V tail over the top of the fuselage down a couple of steps --> inside of the boat that is huge full size body - with a lot of space behind the cockpit

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Mister Annenkov was an superior designer and master builder. His flying boats are distributed in dozens across the country - but unfortunately his heart was weak and he died flying his plane of heart attach back in April 2014. But his ideas are still alive and we do our best to distribute those ideas to all people who might be interested in that approach. We would like to ask for any possible contribution as a charitable tax deductible donation for that project to be operated as our EAA Chapter 106 an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) public charity. If any one might be interested in making the good things happen please visit http://106.eaachapter.org/donatetoeaa106.htm and contribute to our fund with reference "Project N106NE" (I hope that won't be considered as any part of the solicitation or any fraudual activity by our administration)
 

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The initial preparation of that heating and covering of the workspace took about a week. And then we started building the prototype

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About a week of making the bottom constructed , glued together and cleaned in preparation for carbon application.


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