Discussion in 'Upcoming Events and Trip Reports' started by BJC, May 23, 2018.
Still not quite ready to give it up.
There are professionals who may be able to help you with that.
It’s a multi-step program
The first step is denial and the second is acceptance. LOL
Got home last night. Long drive back to CT after a long week.
Talked a lot about engines, and barely got time to see other things. But there were a lot of impressive sights to see. Good looking kits, interesting new contraptions in the guise of some kind of flying car/motorcycle/human-carrying drone, and some neat new tech.
The Timber Tiger looks great, will make a nice machine. Good work being done there.
The new Viking 90HP engine seems like an interesting package. Super compact/narrow, propline is up near the top of the engine with the 3-gear redrive that makes it spin the 'right' way, weight is only 150 at the 90HP so that seems like a good starting point. Will it stand the test of time in the wild? Hard to say, but, I'm interested to see what comes of it.
The Merlin PSA seems like a nice package for someone OK with a single-seat. Affordability and the quick-build kit seem in line with what a modern builder needs today. Just looking it over, I feel like even with a full-time job, with a few weeks of nights/weekends dedicated to the task I could have one ready to taxi test.
Decided to get some Grypmats. I'm not sure I desperately need them, but I do respect the drive behind that whole venture, and after doing the Verner engine swap, do really think they could come in handy while building/maintaining.
The WingBug seems like an interesting system. One little streamlined device that clips onto the wing and sends real-time real data to an iPad. In theory this means if I were to use this system, my avionics on a Part 103 would no-longer considered in the empty weight; no more than a portable radio, GoPro, or headset would be. Since the WingBug and iPad would be removed and stowed, carried around with me, I think this is a valid way to go. For the systems this thing doesn't cover, like engine temps and volts, there's always the BeLite instruments.
Oratex booth was interesting. Wish I'd had time to stick around for a workshop.
There was a system of improved modular extrusions like a sort of super 80/20. I'll update this if I can remember the name. Their framing was holding up a Leopard tank! (Which was effective advertising as I looked past all the various aircraft stuff on display when I saw some German armor to look at) I get a feeling it's not nearly as cheap as 80/20 but it might be somewhat reasonable and I've got a lot of ideas that could benefit from their improved system.
The KIP Aero tent with the Sopwith project (kit?) in it was impressive. I'd like to see them, or someone, develop a line of WWI kits that fits between the Airdrome Aluminum method, and their near-perfect museum-quality re-creations. A modern wooden replica with improved aerodynamics and handling concerns where needed, simplified internal construction that uses modern methods and theories, but retains the full size and look of the originals, using the same externally visible construction schemes. And a more reliable engine than the old rotaries. As it sits though, what they are doing is most impressive and very cool to see.
All in all the weather was reasonable, the flying was entertaining and cool, there was a lot of people by our tent in the Fun Fly Zone, and I got to see some Legal Eagles flying with the Verner 3-cylinders which makes me really want something similar in a 103 for myself.
I stopped by your booth and was going to say hi but you were busy with potential customers. Great looking engine collection you have there! I, too, saw the three cylinder model on one in the UL field. Looked great!
Did wonders with me, but they said its a work in progress.
I didn't see your booth at Fun Fly zone, unfortunately. What is 80/20?
The red Falco and the Sopwith...kind of which it stayed uncovered.
It was a red tent with a Yellow Avenger V sporting a radial up front. We did not bring our ScaleBird this year as it's a bit tied up in the build process and we wanted to focus on the potential of the engines.
8020 is those long aluminum extrusions with the T-slots so it looks like a box with an X cross section inside. Used with various corner blocks and other things to make rapid-assemble structures and fixtures.
The Millennials' answer to a 2 x 4
(no offense Scott, we're all totally impressed by what you are building...)
For the record, I don't use 8020 either. The only stuff I've used directly was included in my CNC kit for the rail tracks, and that's not even true 8020.
I found the site for the stuff I saw at the show: https://controlleddynamics.com/
It seems to solve some of the shortcomings of the old t-slots, but not in a way that will save money at first.
I was there all week, and did not even get over to the museum. Probably would have made it if I was not sick as a dog starting Thursday evening...
I did not know that the Professor Lesher's Teal was now at the Museum. Last I knew, it was in one of the entranceways at University of Michigan Aerospace Engineering School. His family had been trying to find a very cool and permanent home for his airplane, looks like they succeeded. Go Blue Professor Lesher!
Billski (Let's Go Blue!)
Didn't know you were ill. I heard BJC tell you to get well soon when you left us that one morning. Hope you're doing better! Oshkosh illness would stink
Our shocks are cut long for later adjustment and the engine isn't in, so it'll come down quite a bit.
The Teal was displayed at Aeroplane Factory a few year ago. Normally in storage, I think.
It was there a few years back too. Very tiny minimalist airframe. Still have a cell phone picture of it. Took pictures in the gear wells and cockpit. Clever contraption.
Here is a smoke and mirror display. Engine is on an Epic. Engine is held on by some hardware store bolts on the top of a Lycoming Dynafocal mount. For looks and investors.
Show 'em, please...
Acceptance <sad face/>
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