You are probably right. I would guess honey-comb aluminum and foam board. Did the article say what the outer skin would be? I have somewhat closely followed BeLite since they had a presence on the web. James has some interesting ideas in regards to design and materials. Seeing his ultralights evolve into the Chipper, makes me want to keep up with whatever comes next. I know form follows function but, at present, the Chipper still has a fairly 'board & slab' appearance. Hard to get past that without impacting the build-time figure. His instrument offerings may be what keeps him in business while he develops his aircraft kits. One thing is for sure, James has way more brains than I have ever pretended to have!
No doubt, great young artist. If it were for me, I would have him exaggerate the 'balloon' nature of the mains. Not knocking the young man, he's just more familiar with cars is all. I can barely manage a smiley face with pen and paper....
Sorry, I can't resist any better than some of the other guys here. A flying aircraft works just as well as a non-flying one for a static display, other than fluid containment. I also agree with what Mark is suggesting. If it IS to be permanently grounded, expose some structure and moving parts.
I will follow my previous comments with this: I absolutely applaud your efforts to bring new, especially young, people into aviation. I also trust that you know your business way better than I could ever pretend to know it!
I have had good luck with the rope-trick myself. If you are worried about twist, use the cylinder closest to the end being worked on. Goes without saying, leave plenty of cord hanging out of the spark plug hole...
Heck, I'm arguably the least experienced/least knowledgeable person on this site. FWIW, I won't give a penny to any vendor who's tone puts me off. I honestly like what I see in the MA product line. However, slinging mud is a horrid form of promotion.
Sing the virtues of your product and leave the insults at the door.
Can't help with the radiator question. However, for best results, you need to use the correct bait when ice fishing. Open up a can of peas and set it next to the hole in the ice. Sooner or later, a fish will come up to take a pea. Smack him with a club and wait for the next one....
I got a kick out of this. It starts out by asking that you adjust the tracking on your VHS player! Figured some of you might enjoy seeing it. Kind of neat, considering Avid is in the process of a re-birth right now.
Mark, I feel completely confident saying that, to a person, everyone here wishes you nothing but success in regards to your' Avid venture. Obviously, the cat IS out of the bag. That's by your own admission, LOL! I would strongly suggest that you make a commitment to yourself to check in here once a week, regardless of whatever else is going on. That is the only way to keep the rumor mill in check. When people hear nothing, all that is left is supposition. Besides, with the wealth of Avid specific knowledge on tap here, you could end up with one heck of a 'support group'. Best wishes, Jon
Please don't think I am trying to pizzle on anybody's parade. Just curious what you all think the bottom line is as far as Avid, with or without the Catalina, being 're-introduced'.
I figure it would be a non-starter considering the expense and the existing competition. No factory, no crew, no equipment and designs that stopped evolving when the doors closed. So, Avid would be duking it out with Kitfox, Rans, Just and others. They would have to be 'X' amount better or 'X' amount cheaper to snag market share. Yes, the Catalina is fairly unique but it would not, could not, be inexpensive. Plus, it's a small part of a small market.
To my way of thinking, Avids' best hope would be supporting the kits and completions already out there with updates and improvements. I think you have to do that for a few years, steady. When that is solid, come out with a new model with various build options.