Wednesday 9 September 2015

SSDR Rally 2015

The BMAA held their second SSDR Rally from the 3rd - 5th of July at Enstone Airfield, this time the event had a more focused structure which meant companies like GSAL were willing to help by sponsoring the event, together with Flylight, TLAC, P&M Aviation, E-Go, Pipistrel, & Skydrive.  This new structure seemed to work well and we are already looking forward to next years Rally.  The following images give a flavour of the event and there was a very good spirit over the weekend with plenty to see and do.

This image taken by Colin Johnson in his Flylight Dragon shows the event layout which was very intimate and added to the feeling of comradeship, many who were there and attended said how it was like the old days where peopled helped each other when they had problems with their simple flying machines.

Sponsors set up their stands down one side and the central area was laid out for visiting aircraft.

TLAC had brought along their revised Escapade Cub now called the SHERWOOD KUB, it has a revised airframe which is now produced in-house.

The engine option on display in the Kub was a Polini 250 (36hp) single cylinder liquid cooled 2-cycle engine with geared reduction, it looked like a quality product, this engine is also used by Flylight in the Dragons.

The Flylight boys flew in their Viera and it was great to see it again, it has always attracted a lot of attention.

Another interesting aircraft was a Hybrid powered motor glider, which Paul Dewhurst flew, it is a development project from Cambridge University.

Quite a few aircraft flew in on the Friday and camped the weekend, many CFM Shadows which still look modern to this day, some lovely Minimax's also made it.  However, many came by road on trailers and were rigged on site, just like the old days.

The last four images are of a Goldwing, the predecessor to the current E-Go in terms of overall design philosophy, however, this example is currently going through restoration to make it airworthy.

Saturday evening was topped off by a BBQ and the weather was fabulous many had fun flying in the setting sun, while other enjoyed the food and drink.

However, the highlight for me was seeing Martin flying in the Eagle, there are not to many airworthy examples and it is a very rare sight indeed, roll on the next SSDR Rally which is planned for 1-3 July 2016 at Enstone.

Monday 18 May 2015

Nieuport N11 Update

Roger sent in some images of his Nieuport 11 build, it has been approximately 10 months since he started the build and the airframe is almost complete, not bad, just goes to show how fast the alloy riveted and bolt construction is.  He has also engineered his own braking system using lightweight push bike callipers and discs.

He has also completed the wings and assembled the airframe for a C of G and weight check which will help him decide on the various engine options.

Friday 27 February 2015

Nieuport N11

Roger Peirce collected his Nieuport N11 kit at the end of August 2014, seen here with Robin Morton in the GSAL workshop.  Since this photo was taken Roger has been doing a fantastic job of building the aircraft to a great standard and in a very fast time, it just goes to show how fast this build system is compared to traditional wood or welded steel tube.  The following images will give a flavour of Rogers build and quality of work, the pop riveted system is truly a fast and efficient build system. 

First job was the rudder, this takes the builder through most processes required in building the airframe.

Second job elevator and stab, once completed you will have built up the confidence to continue onto the fuselage.

Below you can see one side of the fuselage being laid out on a drawing scaled up on the building table from the A4 drawing pack (only the Eindecker is currently supplied with full size CAD drawings).  In the second image you can see the other fuselage components laid out before trimming and fitting

In no time you will have built up the main fuselage ready for the control system and the wings.

Below are some nice shots of the fuselage, once this stage has been reached you can fit the tail feathers and make any adjustments required.

Below are images of the lower wings spars being laid out, assembled and trial fitted to the fuselage.

GSAL will post further updates on the N11 build as we get them.