Is there a better way to take some time off a family meeting than to
say "I have to go see someone's project while I am here". After hearing
of this individual in Eastern Township who has top skills in working with
metal, I called him and scheduled a visit to his workshop. About two years
later, in June 2001, Gerald completed the construction of his aircraft...
well almost (he says he wants to finish the upstolery). His aircraft
won two prizes at its first convention (Les Faucheurs de Marguerites).
Best Plans Built trophy and Public Prize. Congratulations Gerald!
This is a Subaru EA-81 engine fitted with a Karlo Kuhner reduction
drive (this belt drive is no longer available as Karlo now build exclusively
gear drives). The builder told me that he worked on the engine
simultaneously with the airframe. The radiator (a Volkwagen Rabbit or Fox,
don't remember), as in Fernand Levesque's
plane is fitted behind the engine, on the firewall. One difference is the
oil cooler which is mounted on the side of the aircraft, just beside the
The builder wanted to separate fuilds from electricity. All wires
are coming on the right side of the airplane while all fuild reservoirs
are filled from the left side. Two facet fuel pumps are mounted
in parallel on the firewall.
installation (notice, engine is black)
The heater core is mounted inside the cabin, on the firewall. It comes
from a Volkwagen Golf, but the original core was considerably stripped
out of many items not required for aircraft use.
A few other things that we can observe on this picture. The builder
installed a sound proofing material everywhere in the cabin and also in
the fuselage. Finally, he made the top front fuselage skin removeable.
This is a great idea as it provides access to the instruments, brakes and
heater core for maintenance.
Gerald manufactured the plexiglass bubble himself. To achieve
this, he made a large oven and he used a "blowing" technique to form the
bubble. We can also observe that his canopy's installation is everything
but common. It is a tilt forward. The canopy is cut in two
parts, where the rear portion is fixed to the fuselage.
The two hinges are custom made and fit inside the plane. An additional
cross-over tube is installed to stiffen the whole assembly. It can
be used for two purposes: as a handle to get in and out of the plane, or
as a frame for a glare shield.
A handle pulls a rod which locks the canopy in closed position.
The cable on the right of the handle runs to the other side so that one
action pulls the rods on both sides.
Panel (two versions)
control torque tube