Over the last few years I have received many e-mails about design, what makes a designer, how design works, and how I became a designer.
I have decided I will do a series of post (4-5 parts) which will follow how I feel I became a designer. I know many will say ” you are not a designer Damon as you have no formal schooling or training” all I have to say to that is Bollocks!!
I plan on creating a few slides and maybe even a few videos. This will take some time as I am deep in new exciting challenges with my new job.
So stay tuned and I hope to share some fun design excitement!!
I found out something very cool. A student at a university in Mexico reached out to me about my B36D flap design. He shared that his professor had been using my designs I have posted on youtube in their studies of Aviation Designs. He then shared that they were given a assignment to design their own B36D flap. It is very humbling to think my designs may be shaping young minds in Aviation.
Well the week of April 20th – 26th 2015 saw the entire world descend on Americus GA yet again. SEFF being the biggest Electric fly-in in the world. The Emmaselle is still the 3rd biggest Electric RC Aircraft in the world.
This was the first time since 2012 that I was able to make it back, plus it was the first time I was able to spend the week at SEFF (although I still had meetings with work I had to call in for). Oh, some of these KEWL photos are owned and copyright of Flying Giants.com, and RC Groups.com. The Emmaselle could not win best of show as she had already won that awesome award in 2010. The Emmaselle now has over 275 flights.
To be honest, family, work, and life has always taken a front seat to my aviation life. Last year was a year I missed SEFF, did not get to fly once, but saw me get some cool designs done, and post more build video’s on my YouTube Channel.
Well, this year already looks to be about the same. I hope to make SEFF, and I hope to do more flying, but my family and work will always come before my hobby.
So, the C130 will not be done until late summer (I hope) and my other projects will also follow after the C130. I hope to get the Emmaselle II in the air by SEFF, but the cold hard facts are that I am about to start something very cool in my work life which to me is a once in a life time opportunity.
The C130 is still on schedule for a March 2015 test flight. If weather permits, mid March will be taxi testing and then around the last week the test and shake down flights. The project is moving along very well. With the help of a few pals we are now designing our own micro sequencers that will operate all the jack screws on the landing gears. We plan to have all gear design done by November 1st. In November we will start on the motor nacelles and wings. The finial mating of the two fuselage halves should happen by mid December.
I have had many ask why I have not designed and built a large EDF (electric ducted fan). The biggest reason is large EDF units are terribly expensive, plus they just are not big enough. A few years ago I had a bunch of 18-12 props left over from testing on my B-36 so I designed a make-shift (large) fan for a EDF unit which would be 12″ in diameter. While the test went well the fan was destroyed in testing. The picture attached is of the #2 test fan which never got tested (shown without hub), but the #1 fan gave me enough data to show me that my design and idea may work. The rendering is that of a fan unit which would go on a 200″ span A320.