Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A Lot of Excitement

Hey Guys,

There is a lot of enthusiasm about the upcoming event.

Mark your calenders April 19 at MHV.


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Update for Record Setters

Hey Guys,

There are now 9 aircraft interested in setting records at the event!  This is awesome!

In response to some of the questions from the weekend, I talked to the NAA this morning. See below.

Thank you,

It is confirmed that the costs of getting the NAA representative onsite, getting certified scales, and renting the GNSS equipment can be shared between the contestants.  It appears that with the volume of record setting attempts there will likely be two observers onsite.  The cost in fees for the first record appears to be in the $2-3,000 range without any cost sharing (link).  The GNSS fee is for a five day rental of the device.

Exclusive Vs Non Exclusive record sanctions:
I have not asked anyone to talk specifics yet about what records they want to set.  There are a couple airplanes that may end up going for the same records.  One concern is the standard practice that when an attempt has been sanctioned there can be no other sanctions for that particular record at that same time.  While it is possible for the contestant to specify that their sanction would be non-exclusive, some communication would be necessary to take that step.  My gut is to say first come first served to encourage getting the sanctioning paperwork in early to help with planning, but maybe I am in the weeds on that.  It has been suggested that, if possible, it is fun to have the slower plane set the record and hold it for a day before the faster airplane sets it, I will leave that up to you guys.  I do think there is value to getting a list of the records that will be attempted to give to the press.

Record attempts per day:
The NAA has suggested that we limit ourselves to 3 attempts per day.  I think with the heavy air traffic that is likely to be at MHV on Saturday the 19th it will be tough to get 3 in on that day.  This is also a very windy time of the year in Mojave, so that will likely tie up a couple days for attempts.  This likely means that there will be record setting during the previous week (April 14-18), and, perhaps, even the previous weekend (April 12&13).

Waivered Airspace:

Mojave (KMHV) is a class D airport during the week.  There was a question about whether or not waivered airspace would be required.  It appears that outside of 3km record attempts waivered airspace is not common, this is due to the very low altitude of the 3km record course.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Record Setting at the Event

---Call to potential aviation record setters---

We are trying to add a record setting portion to this year's Mojave Experimental Flyin.  The idea being to distribute some of the costs of setting an FAI/NAA record by sharing the non-recurring costs between multiple parties setting multiple records during the same event.

If you think you could set a record at the fly-in.  Please email me (address) the type of record so we can keep the NAA informed.

-Elliot Seguin

Gary Hertzler Plans to Attend!

Hey Guys,

I just heard back from Gary Hertzler (link). He plans to attend the event in April.

-Elliot Seguin

Monday, January 6, 2014

Anequim Nomination

Photo: Raphael Brescia (link)

Mojave Experimental Fly-in
Award Nomination

Title: Anequim Nomination

Experimenter: Paulo Iscold, Craig Catto
Category: Design/Build/Test
Aircraft: Anequim
Date: 2010 - 2013
Author: Elliot Seguin

Argument: Paulo and his team of engineering students at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil unveiled their aggressive (and aggressive looking) record setter project back in January (link).  The project intends to take speed records; the team has talked about going for the title of world's fastest 4 cylinder aircraft and setting records in the C1A category.  If they plan on taking the C1A they would be challenging the 3km record held by Jon Sharp of Team Nemesis in the DR-90 (link) with an IF1 legal airframe and engine at 290 mph in Nov of 1998.  On the Facebook page they have mentioned interest in the title of "World's Fastest 4 Cylinder Aircraft" referencing the C1B 500km record set by Richard Keit in the Polen Special (link) at 303 mph in 2001.  Either record would put the airplane in the 300 mph range, which would be fantastic to watch.  The name Anequim is the Portuguese word for great white shark, the man eater.  The team posts regular updates on their facebook page (link) showing CAD lofting, CFD, manufacturing, and assembly of the vehicle.  The enthusiasm this project inspires within the online community is worth a nod on it's own, but coupled with the aggressive performance that the airplane is projected to be capable of, there is certainly a lot being offered by the team.  We all look forward to seeing how the project progresses.  Also be sure to check out Paulo's previous record setter the CEA-308 (website) (article).

Fuselage Model in the windtunnel Photo: Paulo Iscold (link)

Photo: Paulo Iscold (link)
Photo: Raphael Brescia (link)
Propeller CFD Photo: Paulo Iscold (link)