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I’ll Pound Y’all

Let’s get wingfoil technical, OK? The photo shows a lift analysis of a#SkyDock airfoil at an attack angle of 4 degrees. At this angle, we’re generating a coefficient of lift of 1.39 with a drag of .0144. This produces a … Continue reading
Author: jameswiebe
Posted: September 21, 2016, 5:54 pm

Wing Spar Load Test on SkyDock

Hi K., We ran our negative G load test today on our SkyDock prototype.  As the loading was far in excess of the anticipated flight load, this may be considered an ultimate load test.   It was successful with two … Continue reading
Author: jameswiebe
Posted: September 16, 2016, 4:08 pm

Breakthrough Capacitive Fuel Probe

Product Preview:  Belite Capacitance Fuel Probe Last Revised March 8, 2016 http://www.beliteaircraft.com ALL INFORMATION PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE Capacitive Fuel Probe controller module.  Functional prototype shown.  Case not shown. Background: Probes for fuel tanks have often used the principal … Continue reading
Author: jameswiebe
Posted: March 8, 2016, 7:10 pm

Updated ProCub Wing Blueprint

We are distributing this as a PDF to our existing ProCub Lite kit customers.  It is also included as a 2′ x 3′ printed blueprint for new kit customers. Changes: Now calls out 11x aluminum ribs instead of 10.
Author: jameswiebe
Posted: January 25, 2016, 5:53 pm

Flaperon Handle Assembly

Here’s the new assembly manual for our new flap handle for a #ProCub or #UltraCub. Aluminum Machined Flaperon Handle for Belite
Author: jameswiebe
Posted: January 7, 2016, 10:45 pm

UltraCub Rib Construction — Aluminum ribs with cap straps

If you are building aluminum ribs (or aluminum / carbon fiber strips), the top and the bottom “T Strips” have to be glued on with 2216 or similar epoxy after they are riveted in place. 2216 is a 3M epoxy … Continue reading
Author: jameswiebe
Posted: August 28, 2015, 1:18 am

How to cook trout in the wild, with wine and Tabasco.

In today’s cooking lesson, we’re going to learn how to prepare James’ amazing!!! mildly hot trout recipe. The very first thing to do is to clean your trout.  It’s easy — cut off the head, gut them, clean out the innards, … Continue reading
Author: jameswiebe
Posted: March 24, 2015, 12:29 am

New Motor Mount for Polini

We’ve received in some engine mounts for the Polini Thor 250.  These mounts have the advantage of allowing direct attachment to the firewall — with a couple of caveats, which I’ll get to.  It’s all amazing light and strong. The … Continue reading
Author: jameswiebe
Posted: March 23, 2015, 12:05 am

Rear Fuselage Construction, continued

Let’s continue our work on the rear fuselage. You will have two top rear fuselage plates; they have a notch in them which goes around the rudder post.  They are laminated together as we’ve done for other pieces. After laminating … Continue reading
Author: jameswiebe
Posted: March 2, 2015, 1:09 am

Breaking An Airplane Fuselage While Testing…

If you want to look at some really nice photos of a failed rear fuselage on our ProCub, you need to read the following PREAMBLE first.  Here it is: THE PREAMBLE I’ve received two types of comments concerning the ProCub … Continue reading
Author: jameswiebe
Posted: March 1, 2015, 11:44 pm