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All my building experience is limited to Van's RV's so I have no experience with building tube and fabric or "plans building". I have much to learn so take everything I write with a grain of salt and reasonable skepticisim.
I do not intend to follow a "traditional" path for the construction of #88. I intend to employ low level technology and $ to reduce the construction time and difficulty where possible and practical. By low level technology I am referring to CAD, laser, waterjet, CNC. For example:
- I have purchased a complete wing spar kit from Jerry Kerr.
- A rib kit from Mr. Bartoe.
- Brunton Flying Wires and Drag wires from Harvey Swack.
- CNC profiled tube kits for the fuselage, tail feathers and landing gear from VR3.
In addition I have converted all of the wing fittings, brackets, links, lugs etc. to CAD and had them cut by water jet. I have designed a laser cut wing spar drill template/jig which positions the five spar components so that all of the holes can be drilled in a complete spar as an assembly. I plan to continue converting as many parts as I can to CAD so that I can reduce the "hand-made" components to a minimum.
Note: As of June 2015 I have over 100 CAD files which provide 600+ water jet cut parts for the Skyote.
While it takes a little time, converting the design to CAD is a great way to truly understand the drawings. plus a huge amount of information has been extracted from the rather complex drawings. This can be a great help to others in understanding and interpreting the design.
The Skyote is uniquely suited for conversion to CAD in that a "computer" was used in it's original design. I have read that Mr. Bartoe used a HP calculator to "compute" the design and dimensions of the Skyote. The plans show all of the critical dimensions to three decimal places for X,Y and Z axes.
Amazingly, when I put the design into CAD the resulting 3D models agree with Mr. Bartoe's thee decimal place dimensions about 99.9% of the time. I have found one discrepancy but less than 0.030"!
If you want to build your Skyote as cheaply as possible, or if you enjoy handcrafting the same parts over and over again then my approach to building is not for you!
If you want to build your Skyote in the minimum possible time with highly accurate parts then this approach may be the answer. I personally get a lot of satisfaction out of organizing the project so that it can be produced accurately. Hopefully some of this work will prove useful to others in the future.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
I recommend that all fitting and spar holes be drilled using a drill press. I find it difficult to get holes of the desired quality by hand held drilling. A spray bottle of WD-40 or similar will help with drill bit life and hole quality.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
For such a little airplane, Skyote #88 made a big splash @ Oshkosh 2016. It scored a Bronze Lindy for "2016 Plans Built Champion" and two feature magazine articles in Sport Aviation and Kit planes magazines. Budd Davisson will do the Sport Aviation write up and Tom Dubrouillet will handle the Kit Planes piece.
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Skyote #88 was all packed and ready to head for Oshkosh this morning. Unfortunately, the weather gods did not co-operate. Fog and low ceilings persisted until nearly noon so the mission was scrapped for today. The next try will be Wednesday or Thursday.
That's a Stratus 2S mounted on the upper wing. No help for 100 foot ceilings!
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
A full array of precision, matched hole Skyote airframe components will be displayed at Airventure 2016. The Skyote parts will be in Hangar D, booths 4109-4111. This will include matched hole wing spars and center section, water jet cut fittings as well as ready to cover precision TIG welded fuselages. The complete Skyote airframe can now be purchased from the craftsmen, shops and vendors who made parts for Skyote #88.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
This past Saturday Skyote #88 went to the Fabric and Tail Wheel event held at the fantastic Triple Tree Aerodrome. Between 75 and 100 beautiful fabric and/or tail dragger airplanes showed up on a nice but hot day.
Triple Tree Aerodrome is a unique "Country Club for Airplanes". It features a 7000' x 400' wide grass strip that looks like a golf course. You can learn all about it @ www.tripletreeaerodrome.com .
All in all it was a very nice day. Skyote #88 was well received.
There were some very nice airplanes there:
Friday, June 10, 2016
Luckily the failure occurred at my home base and the "Skyote Pit Crew" replaced them them with my design urethane compression style shocks.
Monday, May 30, 2016
This is just my amateur shot. The professional photographer was able to get get everything straight on in one shot. Look close and you will see the aileron spar and nose skin components behind the wings. That's Dale Doane adjusting the seat in the fuse and Johnathon Pritchard in the jeans with Les Kanna in the background.
Pritchard, Doane and VR3 will all have Skyote components for plans builders on display in their booths in Hangar D.