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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
We finished the flaps, which are the larger of the two movable main wing surfaces. The flaps are like brakes to an airplane. Those things are like mini wings! Very large, and sturdily built. Above left you can see the skins going into the oven, and above right the finished product after assembly. Although they […]
We have been busy! The ailerons have both been completed, and weigh less than two pounds each. Great job by our build team and the parts/mold team at Composite Approach. The intake manifold for the supercharger was designed and 3D printed. It is made from Nylon, and is very tough. We may make the final […]
We have begun assembling the carbon fiber parts. It all begins with mixing glue. The glue used in aircraft construction is very strong, and in this case is a two-part mix that has to be carefully weighed for proper strength. Brent Burch is shown here mixing the first batch of Hysol glue that is […]
We had a great time doing slalom testing of the Switchblade ground prototype! Our 700′ course was set up with eight cones spaced 100′ apart, per the standards of the Road and Track slalom testing procedures. The Switchblade has a long wheel base (distance from front to rear wheels) and as such rides very smoothly. […]
Final results from the wind tunnel were received, with expected (very good) results! The big news was that our drag (resistance through the air) dropped 7% with the new tail. This is tremendous, as after our first wind tunnel testing we found that we were already below our drag predictions. We did not think we […]
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