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Table of Contents

On-Line Plans
Design and Construction
Electronics
Field and Flying
Random Other Stuff

 

On-Line Plans


Terminator
1.5m (60") HLG for composite construction, designed by Bill Grenoble and Denny Maize
Albatross I and II
64" and 94" actively stabilized flying wing plank for composite construction, designed by Helmut Lalke

More information about Mark Drella's designs including the Allegro and Bubble Dancer can be found on the Yahoo Allegro Lite Users Group.
Allegro
2m RES sailplane for composite construction
, Designed by Mark Drela
Allegro-lite and Allegro-E-Lite
2m RES sailplane and Electric sailplane for wood construction
, Designed by Mark Drela

Apogee
Mosquito class (30"-40") HLG for wood or composite construction, designed by Mark Drela
Bubble Dancer
3m RES sailplane for wood construction, designed by Mark Drela

Aegea 2m
2m glider with a fully functional wing for composite construction, designed by Mark Drela
Coming soon!
Aegea 130" wing
Competition open class wing for Composite construction, designed by Mark Drela
Coming soon!

SuperGee I
1.5m (60") DLG for composite construction, designed by Mark Drela
SuperGee II
1.5m (60") DLG with RDS for composite construction, designed by Mark Drela
Supra
A 3.4m TD/F3J sailplane, designed by Mark Drela
   

Kahug DLG
1.5m (60") DLG for composite construction, designed by Chris Kaiser
More soon!I

 

Design and Construction


Aircraft Design
All the tools you need and more
Airfoil shop
One stop shop for Mark Drela's specially designed airfoils

Construction Ideas
How-tos and useful information for the workshop
Foam cutting and vacuum bagging
Learn how to construct your own cutter and vacuum bag parts

Kit modifications and hop-ups
Hot rod your planes
Repair tips
Tips on how to fix  your plane (not that you are going to need them...)

Engines and motors
Both combustion and electric motor data and tips
Zagi THL tips page
Learn how to construct your own cutter and vacuum bag parts

 

Electronics


RC interference scanning FAQ
Radio safety
Introduction to the ICOM IC-R2 Scanner
With a downloadable RC frequency setup file

Radio Systems
Left stick, right stick, and all that's in between
Tools and Electronics
Learn how to construct your own cutter and vacuum bag parts

 

 

Field and Flying


Flying Notes
 
Flying - Hand Launch Golf Rules
 

Flying Control Line Combat (PDF)
FLASH clips:

1) Controls
2) Feedback

3) Pit stop
Product Reviews
 

Wright Brothers History presentation
As presented by Dick Williamson and Mark Drela, 100th anniversary of flight, December 17th, 2003
 
More to come!

 

 

"Random Other Stuff": Some Interesting Downloads


Rich Harman's Paper Extra 300s The title says it all
The Best Paper Airplane in the World  
The Whipper Whiz FF HLG (Harley Michaelis)
Click here to download Convert v4.08  "CONVERT":
Here's a neat freeware "convert anything to anything" utility (distance, time, energy, force, power, etc...) by Josh Madison.   (167 kB PKZip archive)
The Original ASCII Airplane Collection
 
The name says it all, except that this it's huge!
 GRAPH PAPER PRINTER A little program that does what it says, with all types of graph paper - linear, log, polar, and that's just the beginning!
  CAD RC Component Collection "CAD RC COMPONENT DRAWINGS"
This is a great collection of common RC components, servos, engines, wheels and more, created in both AutoCAD DWG and DXF formats.  Most CAD systems can read one or both of these formats, so they're widely useful.assembled by Al Eastman [al.eastman "at" ns.sympatico.ca].

 JETS SCREEN SAVER
 
While you're here - if you'd rather watch jets than your current screen saver try this one from Nathan Woods- Copy to your Windows\System (or Windows\System32 for NT) directory, then flyby2 will show up in your screen saver list

Three animated "Airwolf" windows mouse cursors
"AIRWOLF MOUSE CURSORS":(These days I use AirwolfQ for "busy" and AirwolfW for working in background...)
- Copy to your Windows\System (or Windows\System32 for NT) directory, then use the Mouse applet in Control panel to choose these files