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Friday November 22, 2013
biplane HPA project underway)
James Tascione, lifetime RC airplane builder
make HPA fun"
"It is a symphony of wood, foam and glue built by a lone man."
- 08/19/201 Make
article. In article: Estimate of time up to tow test: "about six
weeks." This if the tow test goes well, the he would use two to
three weeks to install the drove and fan system. Such
guess would have such accomplished in the first of November, which has
past. Any further news?
He posted in Homebuilt Airplanes on Nov. 19, 2013.
Photo seems to be a dated item; wing is not covered yet.
- Mitja commented that Mitja had not seen any prior "inverted V
- James Tascione noted on Nov. 19, 2013, that it will be about 5 weeks
to the tow test.
- At HomebuiltAirplanes, there are two topic threads related to
Pedalusion. One is closed but readable.
Re: Human powered aircraft designer builder from the Mojave Desert.Hello!!
Nov. 20, 2013.
UK-based ARP gave me notice of your neat project Pedalusion.
We will follow you in our folder: Pedalusion http://www.energykitesystems.net/HPA...ion/index.html
Best to you,
PS: We have placed your project in the master glossary:
Nov. 22, 2013, discussion note by JoeF
The movement to plans and kits at such an early stage does grow some
concern. The man-hours involved by rote followers could become huge. And a
short lift-off and break might satisfy some locals. Such would comprise
just one of many categories of hopefuls. Pop-up-and-breakers; "I flew!"
One-time out might be enough for some.
2. James Tascione's concept of local COTS is a relative thing (What is
COTS to one may not be COTS for another; budget, purchasing skills,
know-how to handle particular materials). Combined with a choice of type
of construction, he will apparently do his best and the project will be a
lesson in the annals of HPA. One would just hope that kit-and-plan buyers
will enter following with open eyes and ears and be ready for any
limitations and trade-offs. James is entrenched for a limited-scope
project that will have lesson values for discerning students.
3. Niche-construction-sectors in HPA add to big picture. MacCready first
built to see breakage. Design and repair upwards until the thing does not
break. After celebratory success, let heavy friend have a go ... and
minutes later... a new breaking lesson. The niche of defined construction
strategy can be a hobby.
= How far might one go with balsa and Saran wrap?
= How far might one fly with handy foam, wood veneer, Gorilla Glue, and
= Another niche: Trash Technology .... find all material in trash; add
glues and lines.
= Another niche: splinted cased inflated bladders (One company calls the
ancient art: tensairity.)
= Another: Unlimited funds; 3-D printed parts.
= Another: Carbon dominate.
= Or Dyneema all the way (lines, rolled specialty fabric, tensegrity
= Or aerogel-dominate strategy.
= Chemically-etched optimized I-beams with taper for aluminum might be
= One day graphene HPA!
= Maybe thin-walled quality tapered steel tubing foundation.
= Or CNT wingers!
= I am hoping for programmable self-assembling 3-D matrix "solids" that
will be less dense than air.
Someone will distinguish themselves in each niche construction arena and
in each niche rule-set in competitions. The "sweet spot" of build
logistics combined with performance satisfaction varies with tastes.
Leading conventional performance parameters are not the only game in town.
Taras Kiceniuk, Jr.'s near-ground-kissing ground-skimming specialty
airfoil HPA exploration had its niche value.
4. Envisioned purposes may vary. Duration in the air may or may not be
important to the pilot-to-be. Stalled-lift-off might be enough. A minute
flight might be super great; and some will want to do the minute over and
over again. Some will have their own rules that differ from the big-name
competitions and prize-awarding entities. Some will allow themselves
stored pilot energy. Hybrid possibles are many. Pure HPA?
5. The investment of time to become skilled with DIY carbon fibre could
shape decisions. Budget may shape a project. "I will go with what I know
right now and see how far that gets me! And enjoy the process perhaps more
than the possible flight!" Self-soar versus team-flight project could
shape some builds. Materials local-to-my-physical-reach could shape a
In all, there is a view that any project may bless those alert to
see lessons that could enrich students following a project.
Truth-in-advertising is favored in my books, no matter the product.
Webmaster working notes:
- ARP on Nov. 19, 2013, gave lead for this project. Thanks, Tony.
- Icarus competition in 2015
Royal Aeronautical Society | Icarus Cup
- Chris Roper on
RAeS Human Powered Aircraft committee
- [ ] Update master Timeline
FAI in the action ... sanctioning Icarus Cup 2013, July.
- Icarus Cup for Human Powered Aircraft
- 1st: 2012: Royal Aeronautical Society HPA Icarus
Cup 2012. 13 – 22 July at Lasham Airfield. Not open to the public
- 2nd: 2013: The 2013
ICARUS CUP FOR
HUMAN POWERED FLIGHT, SUPPORTED BY BREITLING,
took place at SYWELL
19 - 28 July. Five teams competed: Airglow
- Betterfly - EA12 - Noctule - SUHPA
- 2014 ?
- RAeS has "November
1961 marked the first human powered flight by Derek Piggott."
How does that sit with facts? What are the definitions? I know
that I flew under muscle power before that date, but under rules that
were probably different from the RAeS rules. What does it mean to have
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