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Burt Rutan's newest aircraft design - the SkiGull

  1. Mar 26, 2015 #1
    Burt Rutan is at it again with a new plane the SkiGull -

    "Its docking system is two, 5” diameter electric motors each driving a 27” diameter folding prop. These self-contained units (Off-the-shelf motor, controller, batteries used for giant RC models) mount on each wing. They provide forward or reverse thrust to allow backing up or rotating when docking/beaching in winds. Since the SkiGull has an L/D of 23 (it looks more like a motor glider than other seaplanes/floatplanes), its electric docking system can fly it about 8 miles, which greatly reduces the risk of an engine failure, particularly when operating out of small tree-lined lakes. Every other seaplane has to crash straight forward when an engine fails early in the climb, a SkiGull can fly back to downwind & land on the lake into the wind."

    NBC did a nice piece on the article - http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/innovat...an-talks-about-skigull-his-next-plane-n321916
     
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  3. Mar 26, 2015 #2

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    Interesting. Are there any sketches or models yet?
     
  4. Mar 26, 2015 #3
    There are sketches, but we have been asked not to release them as Burt wishes to keep the plane secret until it's first test flights. I will keep the thread updated.
     
  5. Mar 26, 2015 #4

    berkeman

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    So you starting this thread is meant to help out the Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign...?

     
  6. Mar 26, 2015 #5
    Just thought people might be interest - that campaign ends tomorrow, and I will keep the thread updated into the future, there is a ton of information on the plane, but I just posted what might spark people's interest in learning more - here is a better link perhaps:


    http://aerosociety.com/News/Insight-Blog/2957/Rutan-film-aims-to-inspire-next-generation [Broken]
     
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  7. Mar 26, 2015 #6
    Why do we use inches in a science forum again?
     
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