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
We hope you enjoy these higher resolution videos of Concordia’s first and second takeoff and landing. The videos were recorded by Soaring Café Publishing Editor Bill Elliott, who used a camcorder generously loaned to us for the occasion by Jackie Perry. Thanks Jackie!
The Café thanks Antonio Gemma More for these two beautiful photos of Concordia on tow at William Northern Field in Tullahoma, Tennessee. Antonio is a mechanical engineer and professional photographer.
After Dick’s second test flight in Concordia on May 25th, we interviewed him (still in the cockpit) and his wife and lifelong crew, Sarah. Tow pilot Ted Beckwith and Soaring Café Publishing Editor Bill Elliott also appear in the video. We apologize for the wind noise in the second clip. Unfortunately, we didn’t have our … 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
We are delighted to report that on Friday, May 25, 2012, at approximately 9:00 AM CDT, Dick Butler successfully completed the first test flight of Concordia. With his wife Sarah running the wing, DB launched from runway 18 at William Northern Field in Tullahoma, Tennessee and made a short tow to verify that the controls … 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.