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.
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: