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How are composite aircraft canopies constructed that sit flush with the fuselage?

More specifically, how is the composite frame of the canopy manufactured? Attached picture as an example.
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Does anyone know more about the 1958 Heinkel-211 project?

Industria Aeronáutica Argentina worked in the 50s in a Jet airliner, Kurt Tank design, the IA-36, 'Cóndor', with simmilarities to 1958 Heinkel-211 project, turbines intake aspirating fuselage boundary ...
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What about a Plane-Train?

The Shanghai Maglev Train's max speed is 267 mph. Could a plane be made to follow a rail, surface area provided, if not an existing rail to travel along? How much faster could the heavily modified ...
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Could a wing be designed to exploit both normal flying and ground effect?

Ground Effect planes' wings are stubby and the height over the ground or water is limited to wing span. Could a wing be designed to exploit both normal flying and ground effect together to give the ...
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Is it feasible to replace a C152's engine with multiple small turbine engines?

If I wanted to remove the piston engine from a cheap plane like a Cessna 152 and add small turbine engines with an equivalent thrust but weighing less, where would be the best place structurally to ...
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Any idea what this Ampaire plane is?

(Source) This is certainly not the Ampaire 337 or Electric EEL, which is a converted Cessna 337. It looks like a boundary layer ingestor. Being from Ampaire, it probably is electric or hybrid. I've ...
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How is NASA going to get high fuel economy on the X-57? [duplicate]

This X-plane is meant to fly soon. It's a modified Tecnam. The propeller direct wash over the wings, increasing lift. This allows the use of a smaller, high-aspect ratio, low drag wing. But this isn'...
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The NASA X-57 uses 12 electric motors for takeoff. Does it need 12 control levers or just one?

If the NASA X-57 uses 12 motors for takeoff, does it need 12 controllers (like throttle levers), or just one? The traditional way of engine throttle design was 1 throttle per engine, but what if you ...
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What are the disadvantages of a Tail providing lift? (tandem-wings included)

Most aircraft feature the tailplane configuration, which requires the main wing to provide higher lift than the weight of the plane itself, what seems counterproductive. Few aircraft have featured ...
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Are there any NACA airfoils that resemble the X-29's wing?

As a part of my project, I am trying to perform structural and aerodynamic analysis of a forward swept wing on an aircraft, specifically the Grumman X-29 (pictured below). I am assuming that ...
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Would “Mad” Mike Hughes' steam-powered rocket have been certified airworthy by the FAA?

Daredevil 'Mad' Mike Hughes died after his homemade rocket crashed on 22 February 2020. The cause appears to be the premature deployment of the parachute used for a safe return. He was hoping to reach ...
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Why Didn't the USSR Build An X-15?

In the history of aerospace engineering in the United States, the X-15 is lauded as a critical and necessary step on the path to manned spaceflight. Throttle-able chemical rocket propulsion systems, ...
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Does a 3-blade prop handle up/down drafts better than a 2-blade?

I'm about to order a plane kit (RV-10) and one of the choices I'll be making is a 3-blade vs 2-blade propeller. A 3-blade prop should be: easier to balance, quieter and capable of generating more ...
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Can an aircraft be issued a standard airworthiness certificate after being operated under and experimental certificate?

14 CFR, §21.191 (b) states that experimental airworthiness certificates can be used when: Showing compliance with regulations. Conducting flight tests and other operations to show compliance with ...
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What were the typical rotation and landing speeds of the X-29?

Looking online through all the available literature, I could not find the typical rotation ($V_r$), landing or even stall speed of the experimental forward swept wing X-29 aircraft. I'm curious to ...
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Are there experimental aircraft regulations in Germany?

The title is the question. Are there any special regulations regarding experimental aircraft in Germany (or the EU)? Those "special regulations" would (hopefully) be looser set of regulations in ...
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Can a gas turbine be able to switch from torque to thrust?

Can a turbine engine be switched from providing torque (like a helicopter) to the rotor to transfer power to provide exhaust thrust (like a jet plane)? Related: BV-347 upgrade this way?
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Could a BV-347 be upgraded by extending the wings?

The CH-47 Model 347, also referenced as BV-347, was a helicopter that utilized a wing for forward flight and to carry external payloads. Could the wings be extended and engines on the rear rotor ...
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What kind of Chinook helicopter/airplane hybrid is this?

I had this question: Could this helicopter's body be a flying wing? and this picture came up. What kind of helicopter is this? What is the extra wing for?
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Why did the AvroCar fail to fly above 3 feet?

I don’t quite understand why the AvroCar didn’t reach more than 3 feet? Was it a ground effect keeping it at that height and it didn’t have the capability to fly higher?
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Could this helicopter's body be a flying wing?

This question: Could a helicopter fly like a plane this way? asks if a helicopter can turn sideways using additional wings to tip forward to allow the rotor blades to act as a propeller. The tail-...
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Would a long pole help stablize a jet pack?

Jet packs are classically worn like a book-bag on the back. Would it be more stable if the exhaust ports were separated? Would the jet pack be easier to control if the turbines were at the ends of a ...
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Could a helicopter fly like a plane this way?

Could a wing be added to a helicopter to allow the entire craft to tip 90 degrees forward allowing it to fly faster like a plane using a fixed wing and leaning into the wing for lift? I understand ...
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Has a small airplane ever been air launched from a heavy-lift helicopter?

I would like to know if a small airplane, like a Cessna, has ever been air launched from a heavy-lift helicopter, perhaps as a stunt or as an aviation experiment? I think it would have been a simple ...
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What rotors would be best for atmospheric reentry?

What rotor blade set up would be the best for entering Earth atmosphere or to shed speed before landing in place of a parachute? I understand that the longer blades are more efficient, but are not as ...
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How are businesses able to use experimental aircraft?

I saw businesses like this using military jets to sell rides to civilians. Since warbirds are considered experimental aircraft, does the FAA issue special certs to fly them commercially? According ...
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Where can you find wind tunnel visualization data online?

I was wondering if there was a repository of flow visualization results somewhere online, preferably of wing sections categorised in some manner.
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Has the FAA ever granted a LODA for compensated instruction in a non-LSA E-AB?

I have been trying to find a list of granted LODAs to get this question answered. No joy. I am considering purchasing a Sling TSI E-AB. It would be great to be able to instruct in it for compensation.
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Can an amateur-built aircraft ever be used for commercial activities?

There are some non-recreational activities, such as aerial photography, wildlife observation, environmental monitoring, etc., that seem well-suited to certain amateur-built aircraft. The open-cockpit ...
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Can a Rutan Quickie be made into a legal Part 103 Ultralight?

I was was thinking about buying a 80s rutan quickie q-1, it has a 18 hp motor. I want to get a ultralight but I like this one because it is fast. Can I get a motor that would be within the ...
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Why does the Aurora D8 have vents on the bottom of its fuselage?

The Aurora D8 is a concept of an experimental aircraft (not an actual aircraft for now), described in this site. It's discussed in this question here on Aviation.SX. I was watching the embedded video ...
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Airfoils designed for reverse flow [duplicate]

This question might seem strange as almost all aircraft have the air flowing over the wing in only one direction. However if you wanted to design an airfoil would have a good L/D in the forward flow ...
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How can someone without a pilot's license arrange an initial test flight for a homebuilt aircraft?

I think this has more to do with culture and expectations than actual rules, so maybe this might attract opinionated answers, but I still want to know what people think: If a person were to construct ...
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What are the FAA's requirements for an experimental type certificate?

What is required by the FAA to obtain an experimental type certificate for a manned prototype aircraft?
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Is it legal to rent out an experimental aircraft?

Is it legal to rent out an E-AB aircraft (not a light sport aircraft)? The aircraft will not be used for hire or compensation but to rent out to a pilot who wants to fly from point A to point B. ...
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Can you own a fractional portion of a kitplane or experimental airplane?

I understand that experimental/kit planes can't be used for 'training for hire', i.e. an option of leasing them to flight schools is out. But... is it possible to own such aircraft on the fractional ...
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Could a blimp maneuver using a sail? [closed]

How do you build a sail for a blimp/hybrid airship and what would it look like? Similar to a sail boat how could a blimp maneuver without propellers? Can a blimp sail against the wind? Wind can travel ...
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Will the Honda CG 125 engine be able to lift a 200kg weight at 2100 RPM? [duplicate]

I found a Rotex company engine with a maximum RPM of 5800. However, company allows 70% mean 4000 RPM, so I'm sure that 2100 RPM will be enough for lifting or take off and be able to climb. I have ...
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What would be the effect of skinning over the gap in fixed leading-edge slats?

The Zenith STOL CH-750 experimental aircraft uses a modified NACA 650-18 airfoil (having a 17% fatter-than-normal thickness) with a fixed leading-edge slat. In an effort to reduce drag and improve ...
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Can I do an instrument rating checkride in an experimental aircraft?

The EAA has a document that strongly suggests that IFR operation in Experimental Aircraft is legal. The necessary equipment is described in 91.205. Provided all this is met, as well as all other IFR ...
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What are the factors required to estimate the minimum required power for an experimental aircraft of a specific mass?

I have already viewed these questions: Basic aircraft performance: how can you calculate the required power? How can I estimate the required T/O power for propeller aircraft? But is there a ...
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Spinning wing heat dispersion dynamics for Mach 24 and beyond?

Could a spinning disk dropped from orbit survive speeds faster than conventional aircraft in our atmosphere? Does the rate of spin matter when dispersing heat? Does a spinning disk create stability ...
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What was enabling control to the pilot on the Snecma C-450 Coléoptère?

Looking at the Snecma C-450 Coléoptère, I was wondering about the (4?) fins towards its tail: Source: Wikipedia Were they able to pivot to help the pilot control the aircraft? If not, what else ...
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Has anyone researched or built an aircraft that controls pitch and roll by pumping liquid within the airframe?

I am confident I have seen an article couple years ago about a "static surface aircraft" (or at least a concept of it) with no control surfaces, which uses a "wet mass" to adjust its roll and pitch. ...
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Are experimental aircraft exempted from the 2 year transponder and avionics checks?

Experimental aircraft and LAS. The 2 year verification test for avionics , transponder and altitude encoder. Are experimental aircraft exempted from this test or they must comply ?
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May I fly with passengers on a homebuilt experimental airplane with only a simple PPL?

So I’m in the market for a small two-seater. I see a lot of homebuilts and experimentals listed that are perfectly priced. I have my private pilot certificate but that’s it. Would I be able to fly ...
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What is this Lockheed Martin plane?

It's on a Lockheed Martin banner showcasing the company's iconic planes. The plane to the left on a crimson background is the U2, and the plane to the right on a blue & tan background is the C130. ...
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How come there is no attempt at an “inter-meshing rotorprop” high-speed helicopter?

There are some prototypes of high-speed helicopters, such as the Eurocopter X³ (X-Cubed), Sykorsky X2, and older ones such as the AH-56 Cheyenne. At high speeds, forward and backward traveling rotor ...
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What is this odd aircraft?

What is this aircraft? It was parked at transient parking at the Southern California Logistics Airport. It is a pusher prop driven plane with a conventional tail. High aspect ratio un-swept wings. ...
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If I were to scratch build a helicopter, as the manufacturer, would I need a pilot's license to fly it?

If I were to scratch build a helicopter, as the manufacturer, would I need a pilot's license to fly it while its in the experimental stage? This is in the USA, but I'd be interested in how it plays ...