*****Skyote #88 gets Bronze Lindy for "Airventure-Oshkosh 2016 Plans Built Champion"******

October, 2007

Welcome to "Skyotelog", the build record of Skyote #88. I assume that you are familar with the Skyote biplane. If not, you should visit http://www.skyote.org/ for a complete introduction to this unique but elusive biplane.

The posts are presented in reverse chronological order (newest first). Or you can click on one of the "Labels" to see all of the posts concerning a specific topic. Click on any photo for a larger image.

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.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Pitot Tube Installation

I decided to mount the pitot tube on the access port door on the bottom of lower wing. This makes access easy for connecting the flexible tubing to the pitot. This is a Van's RV stainless tube which I had from a previous project.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Steen's Aerolab inspection Covers

Steen's Aerolab Inspection Covers.
Installed inside the wing.

Prepping Wings for Covering

Just a few of the details before wing covering. The rib flanges are wrapped in aluminum tape to add a nice radius and guard against cutting the rib stitches. I also wrapped each rib flange in anti-chafe tape for added protection. (no photo) 

Anti-chafe tape added as necessary.

Aluminum cap strips were added to the nose of each rib so that the flutes would not show when the covering pulls down. These were also wrapped with anti-chafe.

Anti-chafe tapes in place ready for cover.  Bottom cover already installed.

Bare Wing Ready for Cover

I have completed the covering of three wings. Since this is the last chance to document the wing structure, I decided a few photos of the 4th wing would be a good idea. Note that the plates which surround the interplane strut fittings are are non-standard and were added to assist with anchoring leather boots at each end of the interplane struts. The wood block at the nose of the root rib is also a modification. It works in conjunction with the root fairing which will be shown later.