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Air-Fair this Weekend with “Flying the Feathered Edge” Film

JOIN US THIS WEEKEND (OCT 3 & 4) AT THE PRINEVILLE AIR-FAIR 4019 SW Aviation Blvd., Prineville OR 97754 (at the Prineville Airport).  Saturday Oct. 3: 7:00 AM : Prineville EAA 617 Breakfast (pancakes, eggs, bacon & sausage, etc.) Follow signs to the EAA hangar. 8:00 AM -12:00 PM:  AOPA RUSTY PILOT COURSE (note new start time)   […]

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No Pilot to Co-Pilot: Sunday, Oct. 4th 9am-11:30am

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Oct 3 & 4: Prineville Airport Aviation Education Air-Fair

PRINEVILLE AIRPORT AVIATION EDUCATION AIR-FAIR October 3 & 4, 2015 PRINEVILLE AIRPORT (S39) – Prineville, Oregon 97754 4019 SW Aviation Blvd. (follow signs to hangar) This Air-Fair offers a unique opportunity to attend a combination of several aviation education presentations in one weekend. • The AOPA RUSTY-PILOT PROGRAM (FREE Course) Presented by Amanda Vansickle & […]

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SWITCHBLADE UPDATE 18 September, 2015

Above is an image showing the major portions of the body plug that is now under construction. A plug is a positive full-size shape of a part, in this case the body. Plugs are used to make molds from, then the parts from the mold, once assembled, will assume the shape of the plug. This […]

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We are building the jig, or fixture, that will hold the wings and all metal pieces in place while the assembly is bonded, drilled, bolted, and finished. While that is occuring, we are also finishing up the small bits left in the wing, like the aileron connecting rods. Below you can see the aircraft aluminum […]

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Prineville Airport Aviation Education Air-Fair:Oct 3-4, 2015

Prineville Airport Aviation Education Air-Fair AOPA Courses – Hosted by Samson Motors, Inc. Saturday, October 3 & Sunday, October 4, 2015 at the Prineville Airport, Oregon 97754 At this first ever Air-Fair, you may attend any of the following programs. AOPA Rusty Pilot Saturday, October 3 9:00AM – 12:00PM Click here to register for this free event […]

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Warren Blazenski, a machinist in Central Oregon, is carving metal for us, producing the wing root metal pieces for attaching the wing to the swinging wing structure. Shown is work on the hinge beam. This is the piece that the wing hinges on to swing in and out, and is kept small by being mostly […]

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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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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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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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