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    Go Big at Flite Fest

    Go Big at Flite Fest

    People love to build, fly, and watch really big planes fly at Flite Fest, but they can be difficult to transport, especially for people coming from far away. Fortunately, Flite Fest has a tradition of build tents which makes it possible to build them on site.

    The challenge is to provide some reference designs. That way people can bring their radio gear, motors, batteries, etc, and build them with locally sourced materials.

    They should be simple, cheap, disposable, known to fly well, and BIG. The primary building materials would be Styrofoam insulation from the local home improvement store, and foamboard. The simplest designs should take just a few hours build. Reference designs would include a list of parts so builders can easily bring what they need from home and buy the rest when they arrive. In many cases they would be built by teams, so the cost would be minimal.

    These are “single use” aircraft, since the airframe is usually discarded at the end of the event. It is not overly expensive. A 4’x8’x1” sheet of Polystyrene is only about $11.00. It comes in different thicknesses ranging from 0.75” to 4”. Most aircraft can be built with just 1 or 2 sheets. So long as the FF organizers plan for the waste disposal it should not be a problem.

    In general, these would not be heavy or fast aircraft, but large and very light weight. This helps to mitigate any safety concerns, but it also means that they might not handle a lot of wind.

    They could often use existing FT Power Pack options like the Power Pack D (Standard Quadcopter). In some cases a single large motor is preferable and FT might create a special purpose power pack to be sold at FF. If some of the designs became popular at “home” then a larger power pack option might become a standard part of the FT store.

    These would make excellent night flyers, so the FT store could offer ready to install LED kits which would probably be popular with the smaller planes as well.

    The possible aircraft designs are nearly infinite, but the documented reference designs should be fairly simple. The goal is to keep the build time to less than a day. Advanced modelers will no doubt take the concept to an impressive extreme, but the reference designs should be achievable by intermediate builders. The reference designs should also detail the items that can most easily be made at home and brought to the event. This would include things like power harnesses, plywood joiners and firewalls, or generally anything that might be difficult to make on site. The result would be a relatively small kit of tools and parts that would be brought to the event to insure a speedy and functional build.

    Aircraft ideas.

    1. Enlarged versions of classic FT designs like the FT Flyer, Nutball, and Delta
    2. 3D Fun Flyer
    3. Flying Plank* – Basically a 4’x8’ piece of foam with 2 motors and elevons.
    4. Plus Wing VTOL* – A simple cruciform tail sitter VTOL that is also an airplane
    5. Ring Wing VTOL* – A simple quad that is also an airplane

    *Some of these designs such as the VTOL aircraft require a flight controller (FC). Others may benefit from a FC even if they are not VTOLs.

    It’s too late for 2017 but we have an entire year to publish some designs for 2018.

    Let me illustrate the point with a couple of examples:

    The VTOL Ring Wing



    The Flying Barn Door

    Last edited by Ran D. St. Clair; 05-18-2017 at 12:26 AM.

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    Love the THREAD Ran D.!! I hope this thread continues to grow and we here at FT ALWAYS LOVE seeing peoples creative mindsets and the stories behind them!

    Blessings and CANT WAIT to catch up with you again at the next FLITE FEST( whether east or west! ha)

    Stefan

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    <sigh> still debating weather I should ask for a Kitchen pass for FF East. Falls on the weekend of my wedding anniversary again this year.... would love to make a flying hulahoop..... LOL

    Cheers!
    LitterBug

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    I have started to pull together parts for an 8 ft. span tail sitter VTOL. It sounds complicated but physically it's not.

    It will take a little time to design, build test, document, and then make a build video, but not that long. I am hoping some others will be inspired to add their designs to the mix.

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    Mmmmmmmmm... ran it past wifey..... Looks like kitchen pass is a GO!

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    Looking forward to seeing it RAN D.! Are you planning on joining us for FF EAST this year? or is it to much of a trip? Just figured I would check in with ya!

    Thanks for all you do and keep inspiring other my friend... you go a GREAT job at it!

    Litterrbug - Gonna be great having you there... dont forget though.. def get your wife something nice for allowing you to go! ha Happy wife happy life right?! Can't wait to see ya there!

    Blessings
    Stefan

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    Quote Originally Posted by flitetest View Post
    Are you planning on joining us for FF EAST this year? or is it to much of a trip? Just figured I would check in with ya!

    Stefan
    No Flight Fest East for me. Not this year anyway. Have a great time, and I look forward to seeing the videos.

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    I remember seeing a giant FT Mighty mini bip (well was not so mini) at FF17 West in a video. I would love to build it at FF17 East. I love BIG and love Bi-Planes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flitetest View Post
    Litterrbug - Gonna be great having you there... dont forget though.. def get your wife something nice for allowing you to go! ha Happy wife happy life right?! Can't wait to see ya there!

    Blessings
    Stefan
    Stefan,
    My wife doesn't work like that... wink wink
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    LOL

    Cheers!
    LitterBug

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    The full statement:

    "If Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy. If Papa ain't happy, ain't nobody cares."

    Sigh.

    Gryf
    Current fleet: Bixler 2, FT Flyer with ailerons, Mini Scout, Baby Blender, FT Storch, Bloody Baron, Hobby King Cri-Cri (1050mm), UMX Spacewalker, Sea Duck, Mini Arrow #2, Top Flite Mini Contender, FT Mighty Mini Fokker DR-1
    Under construction: Great Planes Super Sportster EP
    Retired: Old Fogey
    Dead and buried: FT Spitfire, FT Mustang, Mini Arrow #1 :-(

    Hopefully the table isn't your ONLY friend...

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