I need this page for the menu so we need to think up what we can put here. The Fuselage Finishing the Fuselage Painting the Fuselage The Vertical Stabilizer The Horizontal Stabilizer The Wing Skin The Wing Spar Shear Web The Wing Spar Flanges The Wing Control System Ailerons, Flaps, and Winglets Concordia Update – … Read more
DB continues to expand the flight envelope with flying on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Friday and Saturday flying included increasing amounts of water to test for leaks, water dump valve operation and handling characteristics with water. DB reports that all aspects continue to be excellent. The initial flights have been out of the Tullahoma Airport. … Read more
Dick Butler (DB) has test flown Concordia and is delighted with the ship’s handling. In June and July, Dick will be busy flight testing, tuning the glider, and practicing for this summer’s WGC in Uvalde, TX. He has limited time to provide updates; however, the Café will post an occasional photo as flight testing proceeds. … Read more
Here’s a video of Concordia’s first test flight on May 25, 2012. We’ve also included several photos that didn’t make it into our May 25th post. We apologize for the quality of the in-flight photos, which were extracted from a video taken from the tow plane. As anyone who’s tried air-to-air photography knows all too … Read more
On the way home last Saturday from the U.S. Team Training Camp at Chilhowee, Tennessee, your editors made a detour to Dick Butler’s workshop. We found Dick and Christian Streifeneder hard at work on the Concordia. Dick and his collaborators have been putting in very long days to get Concordia ready for flight testing this spring. With the World Championships in Uvalde, Texas only three months away, they have no time to waste.
If you’ve been following the Concordia reports here in the Café, you know that Heinz Weissenbuehler and his team at M & H Soaring spent about six weeks finishing the fuselage at their workshop in Elmira, New York. Like all of you, Bill and I had seen photos of the finished fuselage, but when we saw and touched (nee caressed) the fuselage in Dick’s shop last weekend, we were blown away by the quality of the finish. I’ve never seen another sailplane with a finish that matched Concordia’s. Heinz and his staff did an extraordinary job on the fuselage. The photos and videos below don’t begin to do it justice.