Wednesday, March 14, 2018

First International Drone Community Event

The First International Drone Community Event took place three years ago in Cambridge, IAduring Skunk River Valley Days..  I held the drone event primarily for Agriculture applications.  DroneSharks was created to produce the event.  Several Drone Vendors showed up and local and regional Ag Media .  One drone was sold to a local farmer under the table.  At the time FAA would not allow flying drones without a licence.  

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Lake Elmo 21D Hangar

My Icarus V was scratch built and rebuilt in early 1970's.  It was long hard work day and night working on the project for a year.  I have a broad based interest in aviation.  As you can see in the photo there are my R/C airplanes hanging up.  My first R/C,  a 1930s Trixter Beam and smaller balsa model I built from a kit.  My Tin Mistress, a 1946 Ercoupe has the 65HP Continental engine off for painting and also allowing me to polish the firewall.  That's tedious work but worth it making it an award winner Ercoupe at Oshkosh and other National Airshows.

The two Icarus V wings are hanging up on back wall (looks like art) with a second new paint design after recovering from the last crash.   Lot's of painting; lot's of newspaper and tape and personal touch.  A new gold hang cage can be seen lower left behind the propane heater awaiting assembly for future weekend powered hanglider flight.  With all you see in this picture - where is the time to fly?   It's too cold to fly and it looks like there is snow on the ground.  My Dad will be back soon from flying one of his Beechcraft Bananzas.  I'll open the frig. have a beer and think about where to focus my interest in this hobby(s).  I am too old and fat to foot launch so my 2018 project is to make the IcarusV into a Drone Ultralight with the capability to hover and fly.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Icarus V VTOL Drone Drawing #1

Using R/C Technology at first for proof of concept.  First test flights will be at local AMA sanctioned model airplane field using RC propulsion system from a EFlite XVert VTOL electronics.

Electric motors with two large propellors wil be fixed on a one inch aluminum tube with wires going back to ESC, Reciever and LIPO bat(s) for propulsion.  It is very easy integrate and experiment.  The is no need for moving the motors to control Ultralight.  VTOLs ob youtube will rotate the motors from take off to flying for high speeds.  This aircraft only flys at 20MPH-25MPH and motors will only be used when I'm in it to gain altitude.  Then I will glide down to land and use Motors to slow to land vertically so I won't have to run 18 MPH to land.  I will land like a Helicopter or Quadcopter/Drone.

Icarus V Foot Launched Hang Glider

This is a picture of my Icarus V in the early 1970s.  I pulled my 1946 Ercoupe out of the hangar to build the Icarus V by scratch from plans I bought from Tarus Kiceniuk.
Photo 1 Construction of airframe. Photo 2 is completed aircraft with original paint scheme at 1st Powered Hanglider Meet in Marilla, MI.. 

Photo of my MAC 101 GoCart engine and 24" wooden propellor.  Notice  propulsion was full speed or no speed using a kill switch in my mouth.

I will replace MAC101 with two electric Motors built into each wing using R/C model airplane technology used for flying model Quadcopters and Drones.

Friday, October 13, 2017

I grew up playing on swing sets and jumping off as far as I could at the playground.  Growing up as long as I remember I had a dreams of swinging on a swing set and jumping off a cliff hundreds of feet high.  I would jump off the swing and fly through the air and I always woke up before I hit the ground.  In 1972 I purchased a Standard Wing Jobe Hanglider and jumped off a Mississippi River Bluff across from the Schmidt Brewery in St. Paul, MN.   That ended my childhood flying dreams.  Here is a link to some of my flying interests.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

I restored this original 1946 Ercoupe 415C

I am EAA # 99884 and YE Pilot#04.  I was involved in EAA Chapter 54 including starting a Private Pilots course and I started EAA Chapter 1452.  I have flown into Oshkosh over 30 times and camped under the wing or stayed in the University Dorms.  I have won 3 awards at Oshkosh for Best-in-class aircraft and my Ercoupe won First Place & Peoples Choice at the National Ercoupe Convention in Ames, IA.
Ercoupe 2701H and favorite Ercoupes

Monday, December 29, 2014

Drones will cover Google Earth

Drones will cover Google Earth.  I created a blog for farmers in the Midwest and raised interest in drones for Agriculture.  I have been spending most of my time flying indoor Quadcopters and entertaining elderly and choreographing to patriotic music.  I have safety as first priority so when I loose control no one will get hurt.  It is what I call "Make America Great Again Airshow"  Entertainment include Gods Blessing, National Anthem, free give-aways. Typically last one hour and can be held in a dining room or theater.

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