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Copyright Nick Pfannenstiel (303) 725-5439
are back from AirVenture and what an experience it was! We took multiple
deposits and had an overwhelming response from our fan base. Thank you so
much to all who came to show support for the project. We look forward to
providing each of you with the best value we can cram into a kit!
It's structurally complete! Well, aside from the wingtip leading edges, but
close enough to celebrate with an update. The rest of the pre-bent leading edge
was simply wrapped by hand. It took a piece of wood and help from an employee to
get it started, but it was smooth sailing once a few clecos were in.
that we're on to the systems and the remainder of the covering, I'm hoping the
pace picks up a bit. We're scheduled to be flying in late April/early
As it is, the plane weighs 376 lbs, including the controls, fuel
tank, seat belts, upholstery, instruments, etc. This is putting us on track to
meet the weight goal of 745 lbs empty.
For those who haven't seen, we've
also gone through some numbers to fine-tune the gross weight. After a few
adjustments, the gros weight for sport pilots will be 1260 lbs and the gross
weight for private pilots will be up to 1320 lbs. The 1260 sport pilot
gross is based on stall speed requirements. This number is subject to
change after the test flights.
Making messes! That’s what we’ve been up to. As you can see from this old
photo of the Ryan ST replica, it’s a bit…naked. Here we are tooling up for
wingtips (fiberglass standard in all kits), flying wire covers, and the nose
All fiberglass parts require a male plug. From there, we create a
thin fiberglass female mold. Before pulling the mold from the plug, it is
reinforced with further layers of fiberglass. Once separated from the plug, the
mold is boxed for additional rigidity and to keep it safe during handling or
These molds are finalized and will be used during kit
Back at it! We'll have some juicy updates in the
coming weeks and months as things gear up for AirVenture 2019!