Friday, August 31, 2012

New Single Place-Deluxe G2 Begins!

Good afternoon!

When we sent the airframes to Brazil, there was one  Yamaha Blue G2 MicroLight in the group that was absolutely beautiful. In fact, it was a MicroLight just like I would love to have! It had a ROTAX 582, 14 gallons of fuel, 24V pre-rotator,  the big wheels/tires/brakes, etc, etc.... It will be a great machine for one of our friends in Brazil!  

"Chiming" in on that sentiment, it is not everyday that we get to "group build" an aircraft that that does more  than just get shipped out the door. In the picture above is one that is being "group built" by our guys.  Jimmie is doing some wrenching, Jeremy will build the harness for the 503 harness, I will twist some wrenches once in awhile, Don is going to supervise and make sure that the Builders Log gets filled out.  Our reason for building this aircraft  is to get our guys into a great time-builder aircraft; there is nothing like a G2 MicroLight with 14 Gallons of gas to do that.  

To make it an even better time builder, we are adding a few extras. This Single Place-Deluxe G2 (Fomally known as the MicroLight G2) will additionally have:  
  1. The Surround/Arm Rest Option that also comes with the floor
  2. The Deluxe Instrument Pod with the Garmin 196, ICOM A210 and the Garmin GTX 327 Transponder so that we can fly into Kent County Airport/Class "C" Airspace. Won't that be hoot! 
  3. This frame is going to get a ROTAX 503/46 HP engine installed.  It was a very low-time engine that Tom Taylor redid for me. Overall, the company has about $1,100 in the engine. The 503 is a great engine; wish they were still available. 

More on this Beautiful little G2 next week!

Have a great Holiday!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Exhaust Update

Good afternoon to all of you!

I can't believe that the days are getting shorter and the nights colder. Over the last eight weeks we have so busy attending to business matters, interviewing and hiring staff and making small adaptations of the G2 Line for commercial applications that the Summer has slipped away.  

And now to the point of this post... The Exhaust Update! The game of Baseball is not usually won with home runs. More likely it is won with consistent hits that push players routinely around the diamond.  Don't get me wrong, home runs are nice, but generally the game is won or lost based on hits and RBI's.  When it comes to aircraft design, small hits will consistently produce a continuous improvement on the overall product. Sometimes this means that a working portion of the product that is okay for the time being will get you down the road far enough until you can come back to it and make another "hit" improving the effort even more. In the case of the exhaust, it has been one small hit after another that has finally won the game for the exhaust. I am pleased to tell you that the 2PT exhaust (after roughly six versions) is perfect in spite of the fact that it is almost a complete flow through...and it is QUIET!  It is so quiet that you only hear the rotor blades on the inbound leg to the airport and the exhaust noise on the outbound leg from the airport....until you pull back the power to cruise settings. At cruise, the engine noise is diffused is really cool.  

We have had this exhaust on different airframes this summer and will be testing it again with a completely new ECM Map and prop set-up over the next month for an undisclosed customer. I will post more "data" on this when we have it compiled.  For those that have read this post to this point, know that we have had a major effort underway this Summer to eliminate rotor blade noise too. When the patents are filed and the blades are "perfected" we will go public with all of data on the "flying noise" of the aircraft...silence is golden and patents keep it that way!

Quiet is good!