Sea / Rescue Streamer – Product of the Month

Quite the clever and practical solution for emergency situations in an Aircraft.

I saw this streamer on Shark Tank the other day and combined with the benefits I can see how this could be a great safety device for your aircraft. Beyond its name targeting marine operations / flying over water its also ideal for the desert and remote areas.

Doing most of my flight training in remote Arizona this a product I wish I had in my flight bag.

Tested and proven by the US Military this rescue streamer offers some advantages over other rescue signaling devices.

  • Continuous signaling both with the orange streamer and with chem-lights for night time signaling.
  • No batteries or electronics to fail in your time of need.
  • Compact and light weight for storage.

The Large Streamer weighs in at 13 oz & is 40′ long.

 

The personal streamer a light 8 oz & is 25′ long

 

http://seerescuestreamer.com/

Dyke Delta – Aircraft of the month

The Dyke Delta was designed and built by John Dyke and first flew in 1966.

They do show up often at Airventure and SNF to help breakup the conformity of RV’s.

An excellent write up on the history of the aircraft can be found on the EAA web site, written by Alan White

https://www.eaa.org/eaa/eaa-chapters/chaptergram-articles/2016-07-the-rest-of-the-story-dyke-delta-n1aw

 

The structure is mostly 4130  welded steel tube

EAA Chapter 27 in Meriden Connecticut has a good collection of construction photos (including the photo above)

https://www.eaa27.org/index.php?p=planes&a=maher

For the RC community, legendary RC aircraft deisgner Laddie Mikulasko created a set of plans that can be found on Outerzone.

https://outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=6415

Airliner methods can help save lives in GA – Video share of the month

A very informative video from Steve Thorne @ Flight Chops YouTube channel on key differences between Airliner (commercial) flight practices vs. General Aviation.

A key take away is Airline pilots focus on the MINIMUM maneuvering speed that also gives them coverage for 30º banked turns. According to the instructor / FAA this is typically 40% above the stall speed.

General Aviation Pilots usually associated maneuvering speed as a MAXIMUM to avoid structural issues in gusty conditions.

Lots of other good in sights in the video as well.

Check out the Flight Chops YouTube channel for more great Aviation content:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPOMdL9KIwcFMG9Bxppk4Mw

& on his web site @ http://flightchops.com/

 

 

PL-12 Airtruk – Aircraft of the month

Quite the unusual aircraft and almost exclusively only found in Australia & New Zealand as an Ag Plane. It was manufactured by the Transavia Corporation from 1966 – 1993 with 118 examples built.

The common way anyone in the US or Europe would likely know about this aircraft is from 1985’s Mad Max Beyond Thunder Dome piloted by Jedediah (played by Bruce Spence). For the longest time I thought something this Bizarre was just made up with some real good special effects, but no its real.

Very interesting to see what people and companies will cook up when not bound by local technical Dogma.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transavia_PL-12_Airtruk

RC models are very rare (nothing yet on Outerzone) but some custom one offs can be found, one of the few kits available is from Laser Design Services and can be found at:

http://store.laser-design-services.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=210

 

 

‘Lift’ Flight Bag by Flight Outfitters – Product of the month

  • Looking for your first or new flight bag?
  • need something that’s to the point with out carrying the kitchen sink?
  • Look no further than the ‘Lift’ Flight Bag by Flight Outfitters
  • The “Just right” size features are ideal for LSA aircraft where extra space and weight is at a premium.

  • Water bottle/back-up radio pocket, Fuel tester pocket, 2 external chart pockets
  • Fleece-lined electronic accessory pockets (ADS-B / GPS / Iridium), 4 internal mesh organizers for cables and charging cords
  • Fleece-lined headset pocket with elastic loops for extra batteries for ANR headsets
  • Adjustable shoulder strap, braided wire reinforced carry handle and metal hardware
  • External Dimensions: 12″H x 10.5″W x 9″D

Attractive Orange Accents keep the bag from blending in and being left behind.

 

SNS 7 Hyperbipe – Aircraft of the Month

Sorrell Negative Stagger, Model 7 (SNS 7) was first introduced in 1973 and combined serious Biplane Acrobatic performance combined with a unique side by side cabin seating unlike other Acrobatic Biplanes like the Pitts, Star Duster, Ultimate Bipe & the Christen Eagle.
Controlling interest in the Hyperbipe is now with Tunderbird Aviation LLC

 

Every now an then they come up for sale on barn stormers and other online aircraft brokers.
Sun N Fun / Lakeland has one on display:
 
For RC scratch builders, Outerzone has some free PDF plans
1978, 42″ Span, by Frank Massa / Master Kit
Also from 1978, 57″ Span, by Phil Moore / Radio Modeller