This aircraft of the month is the EM-11 Orka from Margański & Mysłowski Aviation Works located in Poland.
The prototype first flew in the early 2000’s and has flown with both Rotax 912′s & Lycoming IO-320 engines in a Pusher configuration along with Fixed and retractable landing gear. The front has almost a helicopter like viability. Speed and range #’s are also impressive.
Similar to another Aircraft on the site the J-1B Don Quixote, Polish Aeronautical Engineers know how to make very elegant designs.
I have not seen one that I recall at Airventure or Sun-N-Fun but it would be quite interesting to check out. I remember doodling aircraft with very similar lines in college.
The EM-11 has quite a few videos on YouTube, here are a few:
With being a rather rare European aircraft there does not appear to be any RC models of it but I did find a 3 view from Blueprints.com that could the the basis for a 3D model in a Cad system like Rhino 3D and would be a good candidate for 3D printing due to all the thin sections and compound curves
This Aircraft of the month is the Volmer Sportsman, This is a design I just recently learned about from long time friend and fellow EAA member William Wynne from www.flycorvair.com Reading the spec’s a Corvair power-plant would actually work on this bird. It can be setup as a Pusher or Tractor configuration, while the pusher configuration gets the prop further away from the cockpit and water spray.
Here are a few photos I took at Airventure and Sun-N-Fun in the 2000’s
Like a PA-28 the only door is on the right side.
Every now and then you may even see one for sale (this one was from Airventure 03′)
Here are a few YouTube Videos:
Outerzone currently does not have any plans for a RC version of the Meyers 200 and any RC models I could find would be one-off’s. Of course with modern smart phones having 3D scanning capability and if someone wanted to get a good 3D cad model going of the aircraft it would be a prime candidate for a 3D printed electric version.
I’ve been a long time believer in RC aircraft being the most practical & cost effective entry point into Aviation. One of the best aviation YouTube channels I watch regularly is Trent Palmer, a proffecional cinema drone pilot who fly’s a Kit Fox Bush plane in Nevada as one of his hobbies along with collaborations with other Aviation YouTube Channels. In this video He goes over how his start into aviation was RC planes while at the Flite Test HQ in Ohio and how flying RC can make you a better full scale pilot.
The RFB Fantrainer was Developed and manufactured by German aircraft company Rhein-Flugzeugbau GmbH (RFB) in the late 70’s early 80’s. 50 of them where built and used by Luftwaffe and the Thai Airforce.
The Symmetry is a one off Aircraft designed by Cory Bird who works for Scaled Composites. I got to see it in person at Airventure 06′. It’s very impressive to see the fit and finish of the aircraft. Reading up on the aircraft history Cory built the aircraft for personal use and not turn it into a kit or plans. Kind of like movies that are a one off with out sequels / prequels / remakes makes for a unique in memorable experience. Pictures above and below are ones I took at the show.
Airshow ID card with some of the details
It’s actually a 2 seat aircraft, his wife has gone on many flights with him.
A very Clean T tail with counter balances reminiscent of a P-51 mustang.
The Tail wheel is retractable to but the main gear is fixed.
Inlet and exhaust details
Considering its debut from the Early 2000’s I was not able to find any flight videos of it on YouTube.
There are quite a few article’s about the aircraft however: