It has been an incredible six years since I have updated this Skyotë project blog, and unfortunately, there has not been a great deal of progress on the project. There have been some significant acquisitions, including the flying wires (via a Skyotë group buy) as well as drag/anti-drag wires and rod ends. I also purchased one of the CNC water jet cut fitting kits developed … Continue reading Fuselage & Landing Gear Primed
The wing compression strut end fittings, per the plans, need to be machined on a lathe. Either you can farm out the job to your local machinist, or you can take the insane route and decide to learn a completely new skill from scratch and then invest money in the required equipment to do the job. That way you can be sure to invest several … Continue reading Compression Strut End Fittings on Lathe
It has been a couple years since I’ve updated the blog, but there has been some work done that was a least partly Skyotë-related. The most obvious change on the blog is the appearance change – I hope you all like it! I took a couple of shop classes at the local community college, one for welding (arc, gas, MIG, TIG) and one in machine … Continue reading Long Blog Hiatus Ended!
All 4 rear wing spars have been drilled using spar drilling jigs. Through the kind assistance of John Robert,his CNC data for the main and rear spars was used by Johnathon Pritchard to fabricate steel water-jet-cut drilling jigs for the spars that precisely place every rivet and attach bolt hole in the spar webs and spar caps. The combination of the jigs and the separate … Continue reading Drilling rear wing spars
In my original plans for building my Skyotë, my intent was to scratch build the entire aircraft myself. I had even planned to form my own aluminum ribs. As life”issues” arose and pushed back the start of my work on the project I began to revise my building plan. I bought hydroformed ribs from Pete Bartoe, had Murphy Aircraft in Canada shear my spar webs … Continue reading Fuselage Weldment Acquired
These are the flying wires I purchased as part of a group buy by the Skyotë Type Club. We ordered around five sets of wires and got about $1000 savings each over the price for a single set. We ordered them through Harvey Swack of Great Lakes Aircraft (although I think they all ultimately get ordered through Steen Aero Lab, which the U.S. dealer for … Continue reading Flying Wires
All projects have a beginning, and this is it for Skyotë Serial #73. In this case, I have started with the workbench. Actually I have two identical workbenches that are intended to be joined to make one large table for wing assembly. By the way, those are flying wires in the tube, and one of the preformed ribs available from Pete Bartoe on the table. Continue reading The Beginning