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SA manufactured kit plane - crates to flying in 7 days

Unread post by Sideslip » Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:50 am

So we started building a BushCat kit aircraft on Monday around 11am. The plan is to fly it on Sunday here at AirVenture Australia.

The kit is being assembled by 25 young adults from high schools all over NSW Australia. The students had to apply for their place on the team and went through a selection process.

The aircraft will be raffled off here at the air show to some lucky person.

So we started off with 5 wooden crates filled with parts - and after 2 days we have progressed to this:
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The show is taking place at Parkes airport NSW - for the movie buffs, Parkes was where the movie "the Dish" was shot - a movie about Australia's involvement in the 1st moon landing. And damn its a big dish!!
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Re: SA manufactured kit plane - crates to flying in 7 days

Unread post by TC » Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:10 am

Great going Mike. Looking forward to seeing you on Thursday!
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Re: SA manufactured kit plane - crates to flying in 7 days

Unread post by jimdavis » Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:08 am

Sideslip wrote:
Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:50 am
So we started building a BushCat kit aircraft on Monday around 11am. The plan is to fly it on Sunday here at AirVenture Australia.

The kit is being assembled by 25 young adults from high schools all over NSW Australia. The students had to apply for their place on the team and went through a selection process.

The aircraft will be raffled off here at the air show to some lucky person.

So we started off with 5 wooden crates filled with parts - and after 2 days we have progressed to this:

this.jpg

The show is taking place at Parkes airport NSW - for the movie buffs, Parkes was where the movie "the Dish" was shot - a movie about Australia's involvement in the 1st moon landing. And damn its a big dish!!
Good for you Mike - what a brilliant project =D> =D> =D>

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Re: SA manufactured kit plane - crates to flying in 7 days

Unread post by Sideslip » Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:56 pm

TC wrote:
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Great going Mike. Looking forward to seeing you on Thursday!
Hi TC. Glad to hear you are heading out here. Fly safe.
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Re: SA manufactured kit plane - crates to flying in 7 days

Unread post by Sideslip » Thu Sep 19, 2019 2:10 am

A quick video of Day 2 progress:


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Re: SA manufactured kit plane - crates to flying in 7 days

Unread post by TC » Fri Sep 20, 2019 8:29 am

Magnificent effort from Mike, Errol and the team. Four and a half days into the build, and almost ready for engine start!
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Re: SA manufactured kit plane - crates to flying in 7 days

Unread post by Sunray » Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:22 am

Hasn't the same been done here in SA with a Sling? But we are allowed to call them kids here :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: SA manufactured kit plane - crates to flying in 7 days

Unread post by Bearcat » Fri Sep 20, 2019 4:48 pm

Sunray wrote:
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Hasn't the same been done here in SA with a Sling? But we are allowed to call them kids here :lol: :lol: :lol:
Ya, they did with the Sling .. and I believe it was originally done with a Sonex at Oshkosh.
Seems a great way to generate some hype around your product
Both Sling and Bushcat are doing very well with exports recently ... and not to forget Jonker Sailplanes ... so we can all be very proud of what our small aviation industry is accomplishing =D> =D>
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Re: SA manufactured kit plane - crates to flying in 7 days

Unread post by Sideslip » Sat Sep 21, 2019 4:25 am

Errol our Australian distributor and I conceived the idea in February of this year while at the Avalon air show in Melbourne.

I was very keen on the project as I wanted to demonstrate just how quick and easy it is to build a BushCat and how anyone without special skills and experience can do so. For some, the idea of building your own aircraft is a very daunting task and I wanted to prove that it really doesn’t need to be.

Furthermore, I also wanted to prove just how accurately we pack these kits (all 4000 parts) alleviating down time of builder. It must very frustrating for a builder to be settling in for a weekend or evening of assembly only to find a part missing from the kit and having to wait a week for it to be freighted in from half way around the world. Doing a similar exercise in the factory workshop with your parts stores just a few steps away is a little different to attempting this 11 000km away from your base.

So as of yesterday the assembly was completed. We hoped to do engine runs today (Saturday) and first flight tomorrow. We should still achieve this but Mother Nature has been against us. The Parkes airport has been evacuated due to 70kph winds. We hope to return in a few hours later to run the motor and prep for tomorrow.
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Re: SA manufactured kit plane - crates to flying in 7 days

Unread post by jimdavis » Sat Sep 21, 2019 5:38 am

Good for you, Mike. You are showing the world that South Africa is very much a force to be reckoned with in the aviation world. We are extremely proud of you. =D> =D> =D> =D> =D>

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Re: SA manufactured kit plane - crates to flying in 7 days

Unread post by Mike Wissing » Sun Sep 22, 2019 3:32 am

One of our next builds for a customer is a SA kit.......the problem right now with it is it will have taken 8-9 months for the kit to arrive when it finally does - in my opinion, not good enough but I'm sure they are working on the supply problem......
Looking forward to it though.

Great initiative with these kids. We need more people building with their hands and using their brains to problem solve.
Please post the test flight!
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Re: SA manufactured kit plane - crates to flying in 7 days

Unread post by TC » Sun Sep 22, 2019 2:09 pm

The test flight went off brilliantly today with the aircraft requiring virtually no trim. The biggest issue was an slightly errant rpm reading on the efis, caused by an incorrect setting.

The aircraft did a further 3 hours flying in the area and will be flown to Brisbane tomorrow (420nm) with a special ferry permit to continue the remainder of the test flights.

Great product from a great company - and really good to have witnessed the end result.
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Re: SA manufactured kit plane - crates to flying in 7 days

Unread post by Mike Wissing » Fri Sep 27, 2019 4:46 pm

It didn't happen if there is no video TC :( :D
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Re: SA manufactured kit plane - crates to flying in 7 days

Unread post by Sideslip » Fri Sep 27, 2019 6:55 pm

The test flight take off roll started about 2km away from the crowd so all I have is very poor cell video of the aircraft flying over at beyond 500ft. Not much to show I’m afraid. I’m trying to get my hands on the cockpit GoPro footage.

The flight took place in a break in program of the air show so we just couldn’t position ourselves to film it better.
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