VB,Fritz, by any chance did you ask Solidworks whether the sheet metal tailcone was lighter or heavier than the aluminum tube tailboom? I'd be curious whether one was heavier. I can imagine the round boom is a little less wetted area and therefore a little less drag, but that might come at the penalty of a few pounds' worth of metal. I'm pretty sure the round boom will need a slightly larger fin/rudder to achieve the same tail volume as the slab sided one.
Fritz and/or Marc, I do have a humble request. What would the sheet metal version of the Ranger look like if (instead of the Skylite wing or the Columbus Explorer wing) you grafted a 12% smaller version of the Zenith CH-701 wing onto it? The advantages of the Zenith style wing are very much in line with the intent and mission of the Ranger... easily built, parts easily cut on a router, laser, or waterjet, ability to be left unpainted, and very much a "rough and tumble" wing for a knock-about airplane.
(I'm not talking about the 701's wing slats, leave those out for the purposes of this discussion)
Everything in aviation is a compromise, and of course this idea is too: The Zenith style wing would probably throw the airplane out of any real possibility of meeting Part 103. But that's OK for my personal use, and it may well be OK for many other people's personal use.There aren't many airplanes that can meet Part 103 and are also a "rough and tumble" airplane in the real world. Being able to fly in gusty conditions, off-airport landings on rough ground and pot-holed dirt roads, and living outside in the elements are all part of what I believe the Ranger was all about. (Fritz may disagree and it was his creation).
In the end, the Zenith style wing on the Ranger represents one option out of several different viable options... wood, metal, Part 103, E-AB, round boom versus slab fuselage, etc. etc.
If not obvious already, the direction this is going for me is a sheet metal pop rivet Ranger, with either the round boom or the slab sides, using a Zenith style wing (lightened up a little, but still robust), and either a 993cc V-twin or the Pegasus DP-1 / O-100 for power. Granted this will be outside of Part 103, but for my use and many other people's use that's OK (I need the N number to operate out of my home airport anyway).
Saini Flyer: The original Zenair factory fold method is pretty clunky, leaving the struts on the wing and having the folded wing high above the fuselage with the struts sticking out the sides. The current Zenair system is better, they finally admit that you shoul remove the struts .
I have a ton of respect for Zenith, Chris, Sebastian and their aircraft but if that were my plane and that is how the wings folded I might need to rethink that... Luckily Sebastian is a great guy so I can let this one slide.
Are you talking about the Ranger cockpit? The way that's phrased makes it sound like your talking about a previous mock up (I don't think this is Erkki's first mock up. ...not to mention your Ranger mock up was still just uncut material a few hours ago.:gig:VB, due to my size I’m obligated to build a moke-up to see if I fit, I’ve done this already with a awakening result. Conclusion, I was too tall.
I am 6'4" 230lbs so not far behind you. Size 11.5 feet with that height? Hmmm6’6” by 254lbs and shoe size 11,5 :gig:
Heck that is not old. My father got cut off in his prime of life at 92.Pops..I get what ya are saying.... but when I think of too old to fly
I think of a movie called second hand lion.
The heroes of that movie apparently flew west...after tying to fly their old biplane inverted through a barn at age(90s?) LOL!