The winner of the free BirdGlider kit is: Aldo J Sibi. Congrats!
Why Al? I have to admit that i was really really doubting between two persons. A young guy and Al. Al seemed at first as too qualified to do the job. He build many airplanes already. Also Al is not in the designed weight range of the glider. But ...what he is planning with the glider really made me melt. He is planning to share the BirdGlider with the other guys of the firm he is working in. And guess where he is working?? Virgin Galactic! Yep ... the future space station. When i saw that in his email, i was thinking "how do these guys find me? Why would they want my glider, they have nicer stuff over there?" But the answer was found really quick in the email. Al wants to share the ultralight aviation with his friends. Seems like my BirdGlider would fit in that hole of the aviation market. There is nothing like it at this moment.
His enthusiasm, his modesty, his skill and his community at Virgin Galactic made me choose him. I am sure we both will enjoy this adventure.
Also needs to be mentioned: Al has a very unique part at home which many aviators will be jealous about. His airplane loving wife Natalee.
I am really looking forward to see you all in Oshkosh. Thanks for joining this adventure.
I asked help from the design team of Predrag Devic, who designed my DragonCub as well.
I wanted to create a glider which was easy in all ways. The person who would love to learn to fly would only need a place to train and ...construct the kit.
The kit will not be a time consuming task. Very straight forward construction with very little tools needed. Many parts are predrilled. It would be more like a IKEA thing. Put part A on part B and rivet/bolt.
I intend to commercialize the DragonCub once the prototype proofed its value. It will become a kit.
First i need to tell you that this is my first aluminium construction. So ...if i can do it, so can you.
Once i have my raw materials, i will have most parts laser precut and predrilled.
Each important part will be testloaded to destruction. So ...many video's will have a lot of KABOOM.
Each step of construction will be placed in a video. So, you will have a kind of video-assembly-handbook.
A few years ago we lost lot of info about rigid wings when Stewart Midwinter's website went offline. It was a great loss. It has been a source of inspiration to me and a good source of info when comparing similar ultralight gliders. I wanted it back. So ...i asked Mr. Midwinter's permission to place it back online. It mainly has the same info, but in a different shape (sorry, my website looks are pre-made).
Feel free to support this section with new info or updates. You can contact me via the contact page. You can send pictures there too. When sending info, please, note where you got that info from.
Thanks in advance.
I hope i help people to get airborne with this overview of more affordable airplanes. Not everybody can afford a Cessna or Piper. ;)
My website started with this section. I guess it is also the largest section of my site.
Here i try to explain why these designs were made this way and ...i try to see if they were improvements or not.
I do not try to list all of the designs in this way of unorthodox thinking. i just let you see enough models so you can understand what is possible in their speciality.
I hope you like this section. Feel free to send extra info about some of the models i talk about.
The Secma F16 is a real fun thing to have. It is like ...a pocket rocket. Waw!
But it also looks like a buggy. And i noticed that many F16-owners would like to see a more speedy look. So ...i created the Phoenix body parts for the F16.
Finally you get a speedy looking car that no longer gets ignored when parked next to a Porsche or BMW Z4.
The bonnet (still in development, probably ready end october 2013)
All parts can be placed seperatly. So ...you can start with just the mud guards or the gullwing doors. Later you can add the bonnet (still in development) or the tail (with or without trunk space).
"Weird isn't bad" is a philosophy i strongly believe in. Most people will dislike weird stuff by prejudgement, but ...sometimes you will have to admid that they have large benefits once you start to know more about them.
That is why i try here to explain the why and hows of the weird stuff i had or like.