Osprey GP-4 – Aircraft of the Month

The GP-4 is one of those aircraft you see at an airshow that really makes you pay attention. Being around Experimental Aircraft since the early 90’s the common impression from the “general public” is something that is crude, slapped together and unsafe. The GP-4 is a dramatic example of refinement for something that is plans built, with a Aerodynamic shape, style and finish that puts production aircraft at 4X the cost to shame.

EAA w/ Sport Aviation info: https://www.eaa.org/eaa/aircraft-building/kits-and-plans/d—g/gp-4

Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osprey_GP-4

Company: https://www.ospreyaircraft.com/

Here are some photos I took at Airventure 03 & 06

From what I have found there are no available Plans, Kits or Downloads for the GP-4, however with modern tech like 3d scanning iPhones, Powerful Cad Software and 3D printers it would not be too difficult to create a RC version of this impressive Aircraft.

H-4 Hercules – Spruce Goose – Aircraft of the Month

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I recently got to see a very interesting documentary on moving the H4 Spruce Goose from California to Oregon on YouTube. I got to see this unique aircraft at the Evergreen Aviation Museum just outside of Portland Oregon, on a few days off from a company trip in 2014. https://www.evergreenmuseum.org/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evergreen_Aviation_%26_Space_Museum. If your into historic aircraft this Museum is one of the best in the country with the Smithsonian NASM in Washington DC, USAF Museum in Dayton Ohio & the EAA Museum in Oshkosh Wisconsin as peers and is well with the drive alone from any of the surrounding states.

When you see it in person its difficult to get the whole aircraft in one shot with out a wide angle lense

Much of the structure is actually laminated wood with grain direction for optimized strength and is a pre curser to modern composite aircraft structures. They have a few displays of some details of the construction methods along with a scale model of the aircraft under construction.

An ominous shot from a rear quarter view with a ME-262 and a FW-190 showing what this war bird would have been up against if it would have been operational in the war.

My personal thoughts on the aircraft with the context of seeing the 2004 movie the aviator and a few documentaries on Hughes is its a mix of a technology path finder paving the way to large aircraft structures and systems while being a tragedy for Hughes personal aviation career. He was never the same after this project.

Aircraft like his racer and XF-11 had fairly quick development times however the H4 flew 2 years after the end of the war it was supposed to support. Because the project was under a government contract with government funding it Aircraft like the Grumman albatross and Martin Mars Evolutionary and nature compared to the revolutionary H4. However this difference was not taken into account for the oversight, visibility and pressure.

This aircraft serves as a cautionary tale for any company or individual taking on a “huge leap task” with out proper technology development and stepping stones setup at the beginning. Crawl, walk, run marathon or sprint. This is hubris that has effected my self and have seen first hand at companies I’ve worked for.

How to store lipo batteries

Hobby king put out a great article on storing lipo batteries, there are some steps needed to reduce / eliminate fire risk as well as making a sable condition for the batteries to reside

Read more at the Hobby king article

Lipo storage bags are a must even for charging, check out these options

The Zeee Lipo Safe Bag offers storage for a full day’s worth of batteries with a zipper and caring strap.

Ive used small “brick bags” for years for my multi rotors and aircraft, DerBlue sells them in a 2 pack

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Lockwood Aircam – Aircraft of the month

The Aircam was developed in the mind 90’s by Phil Lockwood for the National Geographic Society for photography & research in the rain forest of the Congo

The twin engine’s mounted close together coupled with its slower flying speeds adds extra margin for getting into areas that may be considered too risky for more conventional manned photo aircraft. The view out the front is very UN-restricted and bubble canopies are available for flying in rain / snow.

The home page = https://www.aircam.com/

The aircraft has a good amount of coverage in EAA’s Sport Aviation: https://www.eaa.org/eaa/aircraft-building/kits-and-plans/00—c/air-cam

Factory is in Sebring FL, i’ve been by it a few time for the LSA shows they used to hold at SEF

3DAeroventures YouTube channel made a 3d printed Air Cam

Interested in getting epic aerial videos from your aircraft? check out the new GoPro Hero 9 Black edition with all kinds of mounting accessories

And for a good aerial photography alternate to the GoPro that has served me well is the EK7000 by Akaso, It has a remote control wrist strap & blue tooth connectivity that helps with remote mounting on an aircraft (wing tip, tail, under the fuselage)

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Brügger Colibri – Aircraft of the Month

The Brügger Colibri is a small low wing, tail dragger aircraft powered by Volkswagen 4 cylinder engines. Its a Home Built that was designed in Switzerland by Max Brügger in the 1960’s

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Br%C3%BCgger_Colibri

For those interested in a RC version outerzone has a free plan for a 46″ version

https://outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=11707

DJI Mavic Mini Combo – Product of the month

Looking for a turn key cinematic drone that you can easily take with you anywhere? Look no further than the Mavic Mini that is built on years of refinements from DJI.

This bundle contains the DJI Mavic Mini Combo with a Samsung 128gb MicroSD Card Drone:

Weighing less than 0.55 lbs (250 grams), Mavic Mini is almost as light as the average smartphone in the United States and Canada.

you can fly this camera drone without the need to register your drone with the government Drone:

Mavic Mini supports 12MP aerial photos and 2 7K HD videos A 3-axis motorized gimbal provides superior camera stability and ensures clear Ultra-smooth footage Drone: What you get DJI Mavic Mini Remote Controller 3x Intelligent Flight Battery 3x Pairs of Spare Propellers 2x Micro USB Cable Gimbal Protector RC Cable (Micro USB connector) RC Cable (USB-C connector) RC Cable (Lightning connector) Pair of Spare Control Sticks 18x Spare Screw Screwdriver 360° Propeller Guard Two-Way Charging Hub DJI 18W USB Charger Carrying Bag.

DJI Fly App requires iOS v10 0 Android v6 0 or above Compatible devices include iPhone 11 Pro Max 11 Pro 11 XS Max XS XR X 8 Plus 8 7 Plus 7 6s Plus 6s 6 Plus 6 Samsung Galaxy S10+ S10 S9+ S9 S8+ S8 S7 edge S7 S6 Note9 Note8 Huawei P30 Pro P30 P20 P10 Mate 20 Pro Mate 10 nova 5 nova 4 nova 3e nova 2 Honor 8X 10 9 20 Pro Magic 2 Mi 8 MIX 2S MIX 2 Redmi Note 5 Oppo Find X R15 Vivo NEX X27 X21 X20A OnePlus 7 6T 5 Pixel 3 XL 2 XL 2 LG V20 LG G6

SD Card: DEAL FOR RECORDING 4K UHD VIDEO: Samsung microSD EVO Select is perfect for high res photos, gaming, music, tablets, laptops, action cameras, DSLR’s, drones, smartphones

Cinema Drones like the Mavic Mini can provide excellent for independent film makers and you tubers, however locations that may look like a great place to get footage may be in controlled airspace or near an airport. Here are some resources for safe operation, keeping out of the news and staying in the good graces of the FAA

https://vfrmap.com/

https://www.faa.gov/uas/recreational_fliers/where_can_i_fly/b4ufly/

https://knowbeforeyoufly.org/where-can-i-fly

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Avro Vulcan – Aircraft of the Month

The Vulcan was a futuristic Delta Wing Bomber rolled out in 1956 Serving the Royal Air Force all the way to 1984.

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Curious Droid did a very good 11 min documentary on the V Bombers

Its one of those Aircraft that I remember when I was a kid from the 007 movie Thunderball, compared to other aircraft you would see in movies or in person this one really made an impression.

While retired from active military duty the Vulcan shows up at air shows every now and then.

Interesting Cockpit view of the Vulcan on the Military Aviation History Channel

For the RC Community Outerzone has some options

60″ span from 1978 https://outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=12233

56″ span Glider version https://outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=7272

For those who don’t want to bust out the balsa wood or take up a lot of space in the house, there is a very accurate 1:144 scale diecast model

For the technical type Haynes has a “owners’ workshop manual”

There are also 2 history books both available in Kindle

The Avro Vulcan: A Hisotry by Peter G. Dancey

The Avro Type 698 Vulcan: The Secrets behind its Design and Development By David W. Fildes

Vulcan T-Shirt with the RAF logo

And lets not forget the shower in the Hangar man cave, a Vulcan Shower Curtain with a Union Jack Background

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XP-67 Moonbat – Aircraft of the month

The moonbat is quite the interesting WW2 Prototype Aircraft from McDonnell, the only functional prototype was lost in a fire during testing in 1944 and the project was canceled later that year. The Aircraft was distinguished by its large blends from the wing to the Nacelles & Fuselage.

This aircraft was influential for my Sr Design project at ERAU that had a 2 seat general aviation aircraft with large fairing between the wing and fuselage.

Outerzone does have a 1/10 scale RC model for the scratch builders out there.

https://outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=6742

Grabcad also has a stl model that could be helpful for anyone wanting to 3D print one

https://grabcad.com/library/mcdonnell-xp-67-scale-model-1

Space Posters – Product of the Month

I found a company on Amazon that sells High Quality Space photos called New Horizon Aviation.

They offer posters from 11×17 all the way up to 24×36.

The posters are quite affordable and a must for anyone into Rocketry, Astronomy or even a Pilot Man Cave.

Here is a selection of some I found interesting:

Apollo 8 Earthrise

Star Cluster NGC 2074

NASA Andromeda Galaxy

Hubble Ultra Deep Field

LLC Pillars of Creation

Saturn

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