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Old 01-23-2017, 01:25 PM
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I thought I would put down some notes on what's going on in the Canard world that perhaps you are not aware of.

While the enthusiasm may have waned over the past few years (thanks mostly to the great kits Vans has been putting out) there is still that yearning to build and fly a Canard aircraft, partly due to it's unique look or it's great performance.

First on the block is the effort by Russ Emanis and Jeff Kerlo. Jeff has done a lot of work in the past on both Velocity as well as alternative 4 and 6 place canards. He had a design for a single place canard aircraft back in 1995 which was never built.
Now he has teamed up with Russ Emanis. Russ spent 9 years working on the F-22 Raptor project. Russ has been demonstrating the same Vacuum Infusion techniques that were developed for the F-22 at Oshkosh over the past several years. This past year, one of the projects that was the subject of his demonstration was the new single place canard. The fuselage & strakes were fabricated over 4 days and when pulled from the mold, weighed in at roughly 26 lbs. I say roughly because a lot of the peel ply and infusion media had not been completely cleaned up at the time of the weigh-in.

Jeff estimates that a motivated builder could finish this airframe in six weeks.
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Plans are to produce a side-by-side eRacer style aircraft kit as a follow-up to this design.
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Bob Setzer (A-Solution) was also at the Oshkosh Demo. At that time he was making arrangements to start pulling parts from the tooling he has been working on. I just happened to touch base with him this weekend and he shared a picture of his newly fabricated fuselage.
Preliminary weight of the upper fuselage (prior to trimming the flashings, etc) is 39 lbs.
Bob is hoping to feature his work at Sun n'Fun if time permits.
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I talked with Tony Malfa and he is making progress on reviving the tandem configuration canard design as well.
I talked with him in late September and he was well on his way to rolling out the Mako. While there is not a full scale effort to mass produce this kit (at this time) it is definitely worth mentioning. He is working to complete the last 4 aircraft that he committed to and is planning on moving on to other ventures.
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Old 01-23-2017, 10:19 PM
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While the enthusiasm may have waned over the past few years (thanks mostly to the great kits Vans has been putting out) there is still that yearning to build and fly a Canard aircraft, partly due to it's unique look or it's great performance.
How's the AeroCanard doing these days?

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Old 01-23-2017, 10:23 PM
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How's the AeroCanard doing these days?
AeroCanard is alive and well as is Velocity.
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Old 02-01-2017, 12:29 PM
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Guess I may have been remiss in not mentioning the Raptor project.
This plane is pretty large and I suspect they will have a tough time hitting a target price of $130K but it is a new addition in the canard world as of this year.

I would suspect that we will be seeing a flying prototype sometime around the fall timeframe after Oshkosh.
Due to the size of the aircraft, I doubt that you will be seeing it anywhere outside of it's home base before the test hours are flown off.

It's a big undertaking to make a pressurized cabin aircraft of any size.
The plus is there are no drafts coming into the cockpit during those winter flights.

I would predict that it will start looking like a real airplane by the end of April, 2017.
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Raptor does a youtube video 2 times per week on the progress of the plane.

I think it is quite interesting.
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Raptor does a youtube video 2 times per week on the progress of the plane.

I think it is quite interesting.
Could you please post the youtube link here?
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Sure ..... Raptor Aircraft
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I noticed that the Project-X guys have their web site up now.
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Man, those Raptor Aircraft guys sure are good at CAD/CAM !

Those guys can go from a Solidworks design to a finished CF part in about a week!

I'd like to get a CNC for cutting foam like that one!
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I'd like to get a CNC for cutting foam like that one!
Shoot, I'd be happy to find those services locally.
Jeff is working on the Raptor project so he has access to their CNC.

You might have better luck in your area, Bill.
The CNC that Raptor Aircraft bought was from some outfit in Boulder.
It was previously (at one time) by McDonnell Douglas.
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