This aircraft of the month is the Wilga
Like the J-1B Don Quixote, the Wilga was made in Poland with some very creative engineering.
While not as common of a Bush Plane as a “Cub” its a very capable machine, packed with unique design features.
Designed in the early 60’s it was originally powered by Ivchenko AI-14 Radial Engine Produced in the Ukrain
The Wilga 2000 was a late 90’s / early 2000’s IO-540 Lycoming powered version.
The first time I saw one in person was at Oshkosh 06′
No modern story of the Wilga would be complete with out coverage of the Draco Wilga a P&W PT6A Turbo prop powered monster bush plane created by Mike Patey.
If your into Homebuilt aircraft construction and flying I would highly recommend you check out Mike’s YouTube Channel.
For the RC / scratch builder group Outerzone has 2 options for plans
55″ electric powered version from 2005
There is also a 36″ free flight version from 1973 that could easily be converted to Electric / RC
If you have ever been to a multi rotor race (some times called a heat) there is a vast array of custom built racing drones all with there own selection of components. The top competitors and YouTube freestyle stars like Skitzo and Mr Steel are almost fully custom builds and not turn key “consumer grade” machines
Usually pilots are in full competition mode and deciphering what makes up a given machine can be a challenge.
I found the Rotor Builds web site on the rotor riot Facebook page.
On this web site multiple custom multi rotor builds are listed all with component list and links where you can buy the components.
While my old trusty and still flying ZMR 250 is still flying it’s 2014 technology. Like “dog years” this is down right medieval level.
I found the rotor builds web site to be quite informative
This months video share is brought to you by Stefan Langer’s YouTube channel For more sail plane content make sure to check it out.
Very impressive video of sail planes flying over the mountains of Bosnia and Herzegovina with Aeroklub Livno hosing the event. It’s amazing to see how long these machines can stay in the air with no motor.
In high school I got the opportunity to take some glider lessons in a Schweizer SGS 2-33 in Boulder Colorado. I would recommend getting a few training flights in gliders if your working on your private pilots license & up. It’s a valuable experience to see what an aircraft is like with no engine adding massive competence to powered aircraft engine out procedures. If your in the Boulder area the current company doing glider training is called Mile High Gliding.
This video is brought to you by Mike Patey’s YouTube Channel.
Most famous for his Draco bush plane (a highly modified PZL-104 Wilga)
It’s always cool to see other composite fabricators methods for making parts. Big takeaway I got from this video is a method for making a joggle
- “paper toweling” the cowl split line
- putting release tape on the throw away part
- build up the joggle area
- cure & dremel cut the remaining ligaments of the finished part allowing it to be cut free.
Mike is certainly an excellent role model when it comes to business & aviation and his content is something I enjoy normalizing to.
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For the readers of the web site I wanted to compile a list of the best options today for Large field of view FPV goggles. when I got into FPV I was not impressed with the typical “Fat Shark” narrow field of view googles and wanted an IMAX experience. Headplay FPV was one of the first companies that could supply this and I was an early purchaser of their system.
Here is a list of the 5 options I would recommend today for a Wide FOV FPV goggle system. #ad
- The Scout uses a patented panel goggle optical module to deliver a 50 degree field of view (FOV), 1136 x 640 resolution and a 60 fps refresh rate in a comfortable to wear headset.
- In addition to an impressive display, the Scout has completely overhauled electronics performance.
- It has a diversity RX with an embedded 10 dB patch antenna to maximize reception, a new OSD, an updated DVR, and simple USB charging.
- The Scout also has several user conveniences including an embedded fan, removable foam to allow for pilots to wear glasses while flying and an LED indicator on the antenna to provide channel notification.
- The Scout is the headset for aspiring pilots looking for premium performance at a great value.
- Small size and light weight.
- Low power consumption, Working current 360~400mA.
- Double antenna reception to make the signal more stable.
- RaceBand 40 channel, Auto-Searching.
- 3.0 Inch 480*320 dot high brightness LCD screen.
- Built-in super sensitiveness 5.8GHz 40ch receiver, especially with RaceBand.
- Built-in 3.7V/1200mAh high-capacity Li-ion polymer Battery.
- Universal USB charging interface.
- Real-time video return, Very low time-delay.
- Support external video signal input.
- Support AV signal output (Connect external DVR).
- Built-in with super HD DVR record up to 720*576px resolution.Diversity RaceBand 40ch Auto-Searching.Two system (Display/Record duo core separated chipsets ) ensure no delay in displaying and no frame lost in recording(please use C10 super speed card to ensure the full frame recording).Work friendly with pilot-OSD, no block on the important flying OSD information;
- Separable design, 5 inch screen can be used as small monitor on radio controller or with tripod;HD high brightness 5 inch LCD specially tuned for FPV racing;Diversity function, Built-in super sensitive 5.8GHz 40ch receiver module, with RaceRand;
- Advanced auto-searching function and the working frequency show on screen;Built-in 7.4V 1200mAh battery, each full charge offer 2 hours working time;Wide range re-charge voltage 11-20V;
- Accept 2S or 3S batteries as back-up power source, to prolong the working time;Nice ergonomic design and fit different faces;Super-wide visible angle up to 82 degree;
- 92% transparent lens adopted, no distort, no blur on the edge of screen;Light weight 375g with 3.5 hr 1200mAh battery, RTF for any scale racing game;5 Inch 800*480px HD high brightness LCD
- Unique design even for people who wear glasses.
- New patented design of optical refraction, which no eye strain even for long time.
- Ergonomic design, no feeling of stress on your nose or eyes.
- With detachable 5inch monitor, combine goggle, separate monitor all in one.
- Menu for all 5.8Ghz frequency table, easy find, easy use.
- Built-in DVR recording, one key recording/playback.
- With true diversity receiver module inside, auto receive best signal
- Support HDMI IN, 1920*1080 resolution.
- Dual diversity receivers – Automatic switching to Antenna / Receiver
- Auto scanning function for fast and easy channel searching
- Supports AV and HDMI source DVR (HDMI DVR maximum input resolution supported is 1920*1080P @ 60HZ)
- NO Latency 1024×600 Display, with No Blackout / Blue Screen if Video Signal gets low
- Adjustable Lens Focus – Focal distance can be adjusted with a simple dial on the bottom of the unit
- Support AV and HDMI In – Use with an external receiver for long range, or simply enjoy a movie or playing a video game
- NTSC/PAL mode Auto Switching – auto-recognizes the format and displays the image properly
- Includes Standard 5.5mm Barrel Type connector and Extensions for use with XT60 and Barrel type Power connectors
If your new to FPV here are some of my favorite YouTube videos to show you what you are missing out on.