I always thought the Cavalier was a sharp looking homebuilt aircraft, tail # C-FGDC is likely one of the best I’ve seen. It’s based on the French GY-20 Minicab (one of these is on display at Sun-N-Fun). Latest design ownership is with MacFam. Common engine options are the Continental O-200 & the Lycoming O-235
This Aircraft of the month is the Aero AE-45 twin, a rare vintage twin. Designed in Czechoslovakia the first flight was in 1947. Production run was from 1947 to 1961 with a production run close to 600.
The tear drop shaped fuselage combined with the well forward mounted props makes for a unique look.
Outerzone did not have any plans results, very surprising due to the age and RC model potential. There are some RC models out there but it could be hit or miss to find a kit or plans
The Seeker was developed in the late 80’s as a light Observation aircraft, its built in Australia and powered by an O-360 engine.
The Main US domestic commercial use is for the New Mexico State Police, however the Seeker has a far reaching international market share including middle east and African countries. The Helicopter like forward fuselage offers excellent viability at a much lower operating cost compared to a comparable helicopter.
Its part 23 certified for the US and can be equipped with cameras and sensors for law enforcement, power line inspection, search and rescue.
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.