Saturday, December 17, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
I guarantee it!
HoneyBee G2, LLC
Now that it is cold here in Hastings (though not to cold to fly yet!) building and shipping is really the bulk of what is going on around "Suite B". For me personally, this has provided time to deepen our corporate relationships with customers, suppliers and those working on our 2012 new products that will be released at the Spring and Summer shows.
As part of my efforts, I get to see first-hand the new components (new and professionally engineered components) that are in the Revision "C" platforms. Virtually all of the "C" efforts are resident in every part of our line. The part shown to the right is one of those "C" revision components on all of our line. This "revised" pre-rotator gear ring has an improved and higher ratio, an improved bevel for smoother Bendix engagement and believe or not is stronger and LIGHTER than the previous gear ring! Designing and cutting our own gears allows us to be flexible and innovative; a goal for everything we do.
For those of you who purchase a suit once in awhile, you have undoubtly been exposed to the words and works of Mr. George Zimmer, President/CEO of Men's Warehouse. He makes this statement about the experience of purchasing a suit from his organization. He states, "You are going to like the way you look. I guarantee it". I have purchased several suits from George and he was right. Good value, great look and a great experience. What more could you ask for?
As President/CEO of HoneyBee G2, LLC (a wonderful little Gyroplane company located in Hastings, MI) I feel the same way as George Zimmer about this company. You are going to love the new "Revision C" Ultralights (Not a winker either!), the MicroLight, the Single Place-High Performance and the Two Place Tandem....and the way you look in them! On behalf of this company, you have our Team's full commitment to build the safest, highest value line of Gyroplanes in the world. With that said, you are going to "love" the newest G2's!
I guarantee it!
HoneyBee G2, LLC
Friday, December 9, 2011
A couple of days ago I wrote about some of the details for the Revision "C" Frames, well there is more.... Revision "C" Frames are the first frames that have had the flat stock portions of the airframes cut with a "laser" process. Historically, we have used water jet as the primary machining method on flat stock with a few exceptions for parts that needed to be cut in a standard 3 axis mill; high stress area parts.
Water jetting, though great for many applications, leaves fine "stress risers" in the actual cut that has to be polished out or in the case of holes have to be subsequently precision reamed to final size. The holes were really not the problem because there is usually an AN Bolt associated with all 3/16" - 1/2" holes. The real problem that we were faced with were the edges of the parts. The difficulty is when you are left with an edge that now has to be "healed/polished" to remove the stress risers left in the actual edge of the part. The laser process has totally eliminated this issue and provides the look, fit and finish the G2's are known for. Categorically, the solution to the "edge" specification problem has now and forever more been addressed.
Now you can really "C" the quality....
Have a great weekend!
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Good afternoon! I trust you had a great Thanksgiving Holiday...Louanne and I sure did!
Today I want to write about what we affectionately refer to as "Revision C" Frames. These are the frames that have received all of the attention for being easy to build, lighter by around 75 pounds and generally what will serve as the "final" of the basic HoneyBee G2 "open frame" line.
In trying to explain what this means, sometimes a "revision" is something as simple as a larger radius on a part that makes assembly easier. Other times it is a "revision" from a load path review of a particular part that can be either lightened or changed to address the real need of the location. Sometimes it is a "revision" that is not a problem at all but rather a way to save weight. In the case of the part shown, this simple through hole on the CNC Lathe cuts weight by a couple more ounces and eliminates an area that could "over the course of time" trap dirt or debris; creating a corrosion area later. In the case of this part, with a full enclosure, it will be somewhat hard to see and inspect making it more important over the life of the airframe. It pays to sweat the details.... You know that feeling you get when you seen something that immediately strikes you as being well thought out when you first see it? That's exactly the feeling I had when I saw this part. I have to give the credit to Jeremy (Aeronautical Engineer Extraordinaire) who I trust explicitly when it comes to making engineering decisions; simple to the most complex of engineering decisions. He is brilliant at new product design and it shows. Wait until you see the "Revision C" Frames; they are by far the best of the frames that we have built. Can't wait to show them to you at the shows!
Having a blast!