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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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SWITCHBLADE UPDATE: 5 AUGUST, 2014

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 […]

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SWITCHBLADE UPDATE: 21 JULY, 2014

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 […]

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SWITCHBLADE UPDATE: MAY 17, 2014

  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 […]

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Switchblade featured in business journal: May 7, 2014

The Cascade Business News, Central Oregon’s premier business journal, featured us in an article highlighting our recent milestones and various ways the Switchblade could be used as a business tool. At the bottom of the article are links to 4 videos, showing some of the latest Switchblade action! Samson Motors Reaches Major Milestones with Flying […]

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SWITCHBLADE UPDATE: APRIL 7, 2014

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. […]

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SWITCHBLADE UPDATE: MARCH 17, 2014

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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SWITCHBLADE UPDATE: FEBRUARY 26, 2014

The wind tunnel testing at the University of Washington in Seattle was finished last Friday to good result, with the initial results showing that the final tail design produced significant increase in stability. Willem Anemaat of DAR Corp, our aerodynamic team, was happy with the results. As per last time, the numbers need to be […]

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SWITCHBLADE UPDATE: FEBRUARY 6, 2014

The Suzuki Hayabusa engine in our ground prototype is running! It took a lot of dedicated work by our build team, but the motor started up and sang a very pretty note after over a year of not being run. The wiring was quite a hang-up for quite a few days, but we went back […]

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