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gsmith120
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Nice Design
gsmith120   4/14/2012 5:02:14 PM
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I designed avionic equipment for military aircrafts for many years and now working on my pilot's license.  I would love to learn to fly that plane. 

 

Ivan Kirkpatrick
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Re: Nice Design
Ivan Kirkpatrick   4/16/2012 3:35:27 PM
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I have always liked the idea of amphibious aircraft adn the flexibility they have in landing areas.  Adding is snow is even more interesting.  This is certainly an interesting design.

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Amphibious design is cool
Ann R. Thryft   4/17/2012 1:09:22 PM

willamweaver, regarding crash-optimized composites in aircraft, not automobiles, Boeing has done extensive crash tests with all the composites used in its 787 Dreamliner, as we reported on here:

http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=235214

Aircraft composites must be able to sustain a large amount of damage.

Carbon fiber composites have been used in aircraft for several decades, including military aircraft:

http://www.designnews.com/document.asp?doc_id=235863


Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Nice Design
Ann R. Thryft   4/17/2012 1:10:30 PM
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The fact that this baby lands on snow--and uses skis--is what made me want to write about it. It looks like it would be a lot of fun to fly and land on multiple surfaces.


Ivan Kirkpatrick
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Re: Nice Design
Ivan Kirkpatrick   4/17/2012 1:15:27 PM
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One place this design might find a lot of use is in Alaska.  Long distances, lots of snow and water would seem to be an ideal set of requirements for this airplane to fulfill.  Also Alaska has a long history of bush pilots and airplanes.  Not that this design is anything like a bush plane. 

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Nice Design
Ann R. Thryft   4/19/2012 4:21:56 PM
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Ivan, good point about Alaska, especially since it's so huge and so roadless. Other areas I'd like to take this plane to include northern Scandinavia and the northern stretches of central Asia.


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