Glasair's "Two Weeks To Taxi" program has been approved by the FAA. Pilots can now build their own experimental category "homebuilt" aircraft with the help of Glasair technicians inside of two weeks vacation time.
Supermarine Aircraft Factory Tour 2011
Bill Gunn, safety director for the Texas Department of Transportation -
Aviation Division, receives an exclusive tour of the new Supermarine
Aircraft Company factory located in Cisco, Texas. At the request of our
government, CEO Michael O'Sullivan is opening this branch factory in Texas
which will bring much needed economic stimulus to the Lone Star State.
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Amazing turbine STOL homebuilt airplane
This is Scott Ehni's custom Zenith CH701 airplane (that he scratch-built
from plans) powered by the lightweight Garrett JFS 100-13A turboshaft engine, putting out at least 90 BHP at
a prop speed of 3,100 rpm, burning about 12 gph. The small APU will work on
almost any liquid that will burn. The best off-airport fuel choice is a mix
of diesel and unleaded regular gas as it burns a bit cleaner. Awesome
turbine jet engine sound on the experimental aircraft!
Details on this custom engine installation:
Details on the Zenith STOL CH 701 plane: http://www.zenithair.com
Build it yourself
There is no greater joy than seeing an aeroplane you have built yourself
take to the sky.
GLASAIR III SPEED MACHINE
LOOPTV flight tests the two-seat kit-built Glasiar III.
For more incredible flight tests and flying stories and of course aviation
BD-10 Homebuilt Supersonic Jet Aircraft (2 of 2)
Note: This is video 2 of 2, Time 9:27-19:13
It was supposed to be a supersonic homebuilt jet aircraft that could cruise
at up to M 1.14 on a single GE J85 and a range of about 1,200 miles. It
also was fully capable of exceeding a climb rate of 12,000 Feet Per Minute
(achieving 10,000 feet from take off in under 40 seconds)
Unfortunately, due to the design of the aircraft structurally, there was an
accident and Jim Bede canceled the program.
The accident related to vertical tail stabilizer failure when the test
pilot was testing Mach 1.0+ capabilities. This resulted in structural
failure and a fatal crash.
The total price of this aircraft was to be well under $1 million.
(Give me 2 days locked in a room and I could have solved those issues
Anyways, if this aircraft was fixed and made sound structurally, it would
be dominating the the market today.
Wood Aircraft Construction
Snippet from HomebuiltHELP's DVD: Wood Aircraft Construction. This video
discusses the aspects of constructing homebuilt experimental aircraft from
wood. The DVD is available from HomebuiltHELP.com
Aero-TV: Sub-Sonex "Teeny " Jet - Re-Engined and Ready for Flight Test
Even Smaller Than A Micro-Jet, 'Monnett's Madness' Has Produced Something
Even Cooler Than Usual
I think John Monnett is nuts... a pure, certifiable, grade-A, crazy-man...
and in the best of all possible ways. His inspired madness has not only
brought forth Jet: Re-Esome great airplanes that have furnished the
necessary means (and yes, madness) by which hundreds, even thousands, of
pilots (overall) have managed to keep their hearts, minds and bodies in the
world of flight, but he shows NO signs of slowing down. And for that,
aviation is a better (and more affordable) place.
One of the most divinely inspired bits of craziness has led John to develop
a teeny-tiny single-place jet airplane that will cost less to build and fly
than most APUs used by the civil jet fleet. And better yet; the SubSonex
single-place jet aircraft is about to resume testing. Following a series of
initial high-speed taxi tests, the Sonex Aircraft Hornets' Nest Research
and Development team determined that a review and modification of the
aircraft design was necessary to achieve acceptable handling qualities for
the average pilot.
Due to the increased power offered by the new PBS TJ-100 engine selected
for the SubSonex, it was determined that a tricycle gear configuration
would be needed to increase yaw stability on the ground in the transition
phase approaching takeoff speeds.
Unveiled at AirVenture 2009 under the banner of the Hornets' Nest Research
and Development program, the SubSonex jet was intended as an effort to
study the feasibility and marketability of a small, single-place homebuilt
jet aircraft. The SubSonex has attracted a tremendous level of interest
from the public and aviation press, however, Sonex Aircraft, LLC has not
yet decided if the aircraft will become an available homebuilt aircraft
product. Following first flight of the aircraft and a full series of flight
tests, Hornets' Nest designers plan to construct a second SubSonex
prototype with a larger cockpit, enhanced landing gear system and other
refinements to further evaluate the aircraft concept.
RV4 - the making of - (Experimental Aircraft)
Process of building an experimental aircraft during the last five years in
my garage. It's a long way to the top if you want an RV4.....Credits to my
wife Andrea and Willi, the dog, for beeing still here, Pat the personal
bucking bar for help and support, my parents for some extra grease, Klaus
for infecting me with the RV-virus, Doug Reeves for his fanastic
www.vansairforce.net community, Van for his great design and support, Georg
for all the tools and for teaching me how to land this thing and all the
others on the way. The experience of a lifetime!!
Van's Aircraft Factory Tour
Van's Aircraft, in Aurora, Oregon, is the leading aircraft kit manufacturer
for a reason. The company retains its dedication to total performance--from
the aircraft, to the kit itself to customer service. KITPLANES editor Marc
Cook recently visited the factory and here's his report.
Aero-TV: The Lancair Factory - Where High Performance Begins
Kim Lorentzen Provides a Tour of Lancair's Redmond Facility
As composite structures began to emerge in the late 1970s, Lance Neibauer's
aviation interest quickly went from hobby to inspiration; having graduated
with a BFA in Graphic Design, Neibauer believed he could develop a sleekly
designed aircraft that optimized both performance and handling. The
resulting Lancair 200 made its aviation debut in 1984, premiering for
Oshkosh attendees the following year. Exhibiting such advancement, the
Lancair 200 is now displayed at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)
Museum in Oshkosh, WI.
The Lancair team became synonymous with innovative aircraft, including the
Lancair 320/360, whose unprecedented design and beauty earned a display
place at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 1993, Neibauer
launched Pacific Aviation Composites USA (later renamed 'Columbia
Aircraft'), eventually developing the type-certificated, piston
single-engine Columbia 300. In February of 2003, Neibauer announced the
sale of his kit company to Joseph Bartels. Since the sale, Bartels has led
the company forward with Neibauers legacy, developing the new Lancair
Today the company offers seven Fastbuild kits: The Lancair Legacy Fixed
Gear, Lancair Legacy, Lancair ES, Lancair ES-P, Lancair IV, Lancair IV-P,
and the Lancair Evolution. Located at the Redmond, OR airport, Lancair
International operates a 38,000 square-foot facility featuring full service
maintenance and builder assist programs; the builder assist program allows
Lancair customers to receive hands-on technical assistance and guidance
throughout their aircraft build. Currently, the program is offered for all
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