Rutan Ski-gull

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  1. Mar 24, 2016 #201

    Victor Bravo

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    That's it !

    Screw the VP-21, the flying motorcycle, and the foldable UL sailplane... the next new big design challenge glove for HBA has just been thrown down... "Homebuilt Seaplane to Pick Up Chicks" !!

    - Able to dock at the local marina and restaurants where the chicks hang out
    - Slide-out camper style fuselage section with a mattress
    - Engine driven A/C compressor for the wine cellar in the bottom of the hull
    - Auto-pilot to enable... well... you get my drift
    - Room for a placard on the cabin roof that says "Objects in Mirror are Larger than they appear" :)
     
  2. Mar 24, 2016 #202

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    VB, I'd be all for your new challenge but it sounds like you'd need a tunnel hull to pull off those specs.

    No, thanks.
     
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    >snork< :gig:
     
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    Oh, I see where he was going. It's bigger than a homebuilt, yes, but I was explicitly talking about the US Navy seaplanes of the '50s, which were in this size class.

    And to that I say, just because you can pluck an anecdotal example out of the ether doesn't mean you've invalidated my point. Yes, the big ship guys liked carriers. But the Navy also found that blue-water seaplane ops were impractical, because of sea-states and a host of other factors. Just because a specialty aircraft that's used in limited niche operations can operate in a specific sea-state doesn't render my point invalid.
     
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    It is pretty cool how that big Japanese monster gets out of the water in a few hundred feet though... Flying-Boat-Zilla :)
     
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    This right here. Those sprung skis are the genius bit that makes the ski-gull viable. They would be great on pretty much any high-speed boat as well. Those guys that race the cigarette boats are black and blue by the end of the race from hitting the chop so fast.
     
  8. Jun 14, 2016 #208

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    How's the Skigull testing going? Any further updates?
     
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    I have been wondering the same.... summer is here, the ice is gone.... whats going on? :)
     
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    OK. Would someone please post the photo of the mother duck with the chicks on her back.
     
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    Burt was supposed to be a judge at KOSH AirVenture this year and canceled for personal reasons. I fear there may be health issues.
     
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    Thanks for posting that head-on photo of Rutan's Skigull. The cockpit looks big enough for the big guy standing beside it.

    ... as big as the cockpit in a Quickie I or Long Eze, both of which are comfortable for my 6 feet and 200 pounds.

    Anyone who designs an airplane cockpit for people smaller than me .... does not plan on selling many kits.

    As for the new mission: picking up chicks ..... add a fold-out tent and hammock, under the wing and over a side sponson. If you hang the tent over the wing root, you don't need to worry about the weight of poles and will still have plenty of internal volume.
    Hang an extra-large hammock inside and .... sleep until the storm passes.
    Yeah!
    That's it!
    Sleep until the storm passes.
     
  13. Jul 16, 2016 #213

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    Can't share the private stuff we're doing but here is some SkiGull build info that's been made public by Trevor. Burt's still making it happen in his garage!

    Op Ed: mull on this for a while- one of the most successful aircraft designers in history uses his retirement to continue to work hard and innovate in order to improve the art of seaplane design. Definitely a lesson here. We need more men like Burt in this world.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AysJUK5NcPI
     
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    Is it flying to Oshkosh 2016?
     
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    Images readily found by googllng "Images Rutan Ski-Gull"
     
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    It was posted on the canard-aviators mailing list today that Burt would not be at OSH this year, nor would the plane - personal reasons.
     
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    Thanks. I will skip Oshkosh this also. Maybe next year.
     
  18. Sep 29, 2016 #218

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    Forgive me if this has already been posted, but I don't recall seeing it before. I thought this was a good picture of the SkiGull:

    160219112444-skigull-03-super-169.jpg
     
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  19. Oct 4, 2016 #219

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    Any updates on the Ski-Gull?


    BJC
     
  20. Nov 3, 2016 #220

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    I am curious where the project is at as well.

    If this post is otherwise lacking in content, then, um, what epoxies is Burt using these days?
     

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