What I didn't know till after I posted this link to a bunch of fellow pilots is that it is pay per view. So the airplane will eventually need an engine bolted to the front of it to give it the power to burn money. I didn't think it was possible, so I put the dream on the back burner. Then I made a template of the front of the plane and the landing gear mount. After attempts to reach the pilot were unsuccessful, Sauk Centre police and the sheriff's office began a search of the area, with help from the Federal Aviation Administration and cellular carriers, in an attempt to pinpoint the aircraft.
By the time the tail came up, we were nearly ready for liftoff at 55 mph. I decelerated at about 1 mph per second. I will keep you updated on the project. How did we decide to start building a Tailwind, you might ask. The local personal flight was being operated under the provisions of Federal Code of Regulations Part 91. I will watch this site to try to learn more and maybe be ready to buy, sell, trade by spring.
Aircraft Spruce acquired the rights to the Tailwind in January 1996 and is became the exclusive distributor for plans and materials kits, the W-10 replacing the W-8. Compound curves, the very thing so flaunted by the new-age plastic airplanes of the 1980s, are difficult to create in your garage, so the Tailwind has few of them. The wing consists of two separate panels, each incorporating wooden spars and ribs, internal wire bracing and plywood covering. Currently have flown it 230 hours. After hanging up the phone I began searching for the soonest one-way plane ticket to get to Kentucky which I found and it departs Thursday morning.
A boxy shape also has inherently more structural rigidity, so the tubular members can be smaller, lighter and important in the day, and today less expensive. Seth Jackson Click to expand. Maybe in a few years I will be speeding through the skies in my own creation. The control horn was found fractured at the accident site. I built the doors out of square aluminum tube, made the hinges from some eyebolts that a friend of mine Alex Frizzel gave to me since he had some extra and is what many other tailwind builders use as hinges for the doors, and skinned everything with 6061 aluminum from the local metal supplier.
Take your time, do it right, and definitely seek out others who have built a Tailwind. Matt died from injuries in a plane accident on Tuesday. Before I do, I still have to add some sort of attach points to the airframe to hold stringers, add a few tabs to attach interior panels to eventually, and make sure that there are no other tabs that need to be added to the engine mount to hold accessories or wires or cables. Then one day in 1998, the Sport Aviation magazine came in the mail with Jim Clements award-winning Tailwind on the cover. The Tailwind is a small, fast, high wing airplane with two place side-by-side seating.
The second propeller blade was found shattered underneath the engine. We had 25 gallons of gas, plus two pilots, adding up to the 1450 max gross. It was possible to taxi without S-turns, however. No other anomalies were found during the airframe and engine examinations. Later, I will post some pictures.
The site was a large plowed field with no obstructions. I tended to overcorrect in the yaw axis. For some strange reason, I have also been plane-nuts for a long time too. All three axes have light air loads and are sensitive. During the build, you can see the Cessna-style baffling and metal boot cowl, along with the modifications to the engine mount to accommodate the Grove landing gear. That leaves a scant 600 pounds for the airframe and avionics.
Visual meteorological conditions prevailed throughout the area and no flight plan was filed. The good news: it flies. The ailerons and flaps are of steel tube construction, and are fabric covered. After waiting almost a week for the Southern California weather to clear, I was eager to fly this classic homebuilt. Tailwheel steering with a spring cartridge was responsive, but needed assist from the brakes for entering or exiting sharp turns. In all ways that matter, the construction methods used in the Tailwind are conventional, at least by 1950s standards. I also had ordered some of the vents from Vans Aircraft that I will place on either side of the boot cowl just ahead of the door which will allow fresh air in the cabin.