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SWITCHBLADE UPDATE: 2 May, 2015

We tested lighting configurations using the wind tunnel model. Almost all of our lighting will be LED, so we used LED lights of appropriate size to simulate the effects on the model and environment at that scale. We found that the side lights were useful and helped present the size of the vehicle to oncoming […]

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SWITCHBLADE UPDATE 14 April, 2015

Our final part of the drag cleanup on the rear quarters of the vehicle included running the whole vehicle through CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) to check airflow and that we haven’t created any adverse pressure zones on the vehicle sides. We also re-checked the airflow through the duct to ensure that the propellers were getting […]

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SWITCHBLADE UPDATE: 12 March, 2015

We bolted the hinges to the main wing so that we could test-fit the ailerons and flaps prior to bonding the ribs to the lower skin and spar. To do this we had to temporarily bond ribs in place to reinforce the hinges, and drill holes for bolting the hinges to the wings. Above, Ron […]

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SWITCHBLADE UPDATE: 6 March, 2015

While the steps below are being done at Samson for the prototype build, you should know that the Switchblade kit will come with these steps completed. In fact, the majority of the wing assembly will already be completed before you receive your kit. One way to keep an assembly that we are bonding with adhesive, […]

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SWITCHBLADE UPDATE: 22 February, 2015

We had the aluminum pieces made that act within the wing to transmit the pilot’s input into the aileron movement, which banks the aircraft left and right. This is called a bell crank (don’t ask me why!). Above are the pieces before treating with an anodizing finish, and below you see them after the treatment. […]

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Switchblade Update: 27 January, 2015

The wing parts and lower wing molds (used to hold the parts in proper shape) were unloaded at the Prineville facility with the help of Composite Approach staff.  The molds are very heavy, being of solid wood.  The table shown was leveled with the use of surveying equipment to ensure it was dead flat, and that […]

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SWITCHBLADE UPDATE: 11 DECEMBER 2014

We are getting ready for the assembly of the main wing.  As shown in the image below, the main wing has four ribs: one at the wing tip, one between the ailerons and the flaps, one in the middle of the flaps, and one at the wing root.  The ailerons are the small movable wing […]

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SWITCHBLADE UPDATE: 17 NOVEMBER 2014

After finishing the left and right wing skins, the molds were made for the wing spar, or main beam.  This is the main spar mold for the wing and runs lengthwise along the middle of the wing. There is a secondary spar that is shorter and thinner that will be done next after these spars […]

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SWITCHBLADE UPDATE: 5 October, 2014

After finishing the flaps, we have moved on to the main wing.  The left main wing skin molds have been carved, along with the fixtures for holding parts in place for later assembly.  Below is seen the molds nearly ready for laying in the carbon fiber and core material.  This is probably the single largest piece […]

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What Moves Us? (Or, Why don’t dogs fly airplanes?)

What Moves Us?(Or, Why don’t dogs fly airplanes?) Posted by AircraftOwner Online on June 25, 2014 at 2:00pm View Blog What is it that inspires innovation? What prompts an idea before it ever exists? What native ability fueled the Wright brothers’ passion and allowed them to soar skyward into the same air where so many others had […]

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