A great day this morning. Our Rebel made his first flight in Koblenz-Winningen. Everything was perfect. The engine ran smoothly and with enough power. Wow! This was a nice reward for a long build and long time doing the documents. Due to our FAA first flight has to be performed by an very experienced pilot. […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on First Flight
In the meantime I also made the strut fairings. They are fabricated from 0.015″ aluminum as per the manual. Getting them in a proper shape is a lot of work. Took some time to get them in good fit …. but time was not an issue waiting for the documents …Continue Reading... Comments Off on Strut Fairing
Long time no post! There is not really much left to do. The plane is ready to fly, but the bureaucracy drives me crazy. I am waiting for my reviewer from the OUV (German EAA) to finish his assessment. Progress is slow and summer season is coming ….Continue Reading... Comments Off on Waiting and waiting for the reviewer
With support from the local aircraft works, I did the weighing of the Rebel this morning. I am quite happy with the results: Although I installed a ballistic recovery system the total weight of the Rebel is 382 kg. I had 176 kg on every wheel in the front and 30 kg on the tail […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Weight and Balance
We reserved a registration number for the Rebel: D-EREB. We used a printed foil to put the numbers on the plane. The plane will be painted later, but to get the permission to do the first start, we need the plate. So we put them on and they will be redone later after painting. […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
A great day today! The engine was started for the first time. It all went perfect. The engine started immediately. All engine values showed absolutely great values. Several security precautions were made. We fixed the Rebel at the car (in case of a break failure). Of course a fire extinguisher (CO2) was on hand. But […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Fuselage, wings, wing tips and tail unit were put together at the airport. Now it looks like a true airplane, ready to start off in the air. But a lot of tests and permissions to get before the first flight will take place.Continue Reading... No Comments.
Same trailer was used to transport the wings to the airport hangar. It was only possible to carry one wing at once. In any case it was a safe position for the wings and both reached the airport without any problems.Continue Reading... No Comments.
This is the new home of the airplane in the hangar at EDRK. The hangar has a rotary ground, so putting it out is easy.Continue Reading... No Comments.
Rolling off at the airport. We build a special ramp and it was an easy job rolling the fuselage down the trailer.Continue Reading... No Comments.
We had a safe arrival at the airport Koblenz (EDRK). Fuselage was absolutely stable on the trailer and didn’t move at all.Continue Reading... No Comments.
An important date today: Fuselage is transported to the airport. We could use a trailer from a member of our aeroclub. The trailer is 9 m long and really good for transporting the Rebel. Transport took place early Sunday morning, so there was no traffic and we could slowly do the 20 km to the […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Trailer is prepared for the transport. It is a big trailer, nevertheless needs some additional installations to put the wheels on. Crane was very helpful to get the fuselage on the trailer.Continue Reading... No Comments.
Having a crane available in the workshop, I put the Rebel to the expected maximum positive angle of attack. So I put it into 15,5 degree positive angle and measured the fuel flow. We put a minimum (5 liters) into each tank and measured the flow. Left tank delivered 24 and 32 […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Seats are ready. A local upholstery did it for us. We took care they are not too thick, cause I am very tall. Otherwise I couldn’t have an easy look out. This is how the cabin looks like now. It is really spacious. Enough room for luggage.Continue Reading... No Comments.
I was not to happy with the aluminum version of the front fairing. I think aerodynamically it is not the best solution. So we started to fabricate the front fairing from fibre glass. The picture shows the start with peel-ply as the last layer.Continue Reading... No Comments.
This is the fairing on the underside of the elevator.Continue Reading... No Comments.
Some details still have to be done. One of this is the tail fairings. Picture shows the elevator fairing made from aluminum. This fairing part is not so easy to fabricate. You have to bend it yourself from a sheet of 0.016 aluminum. You can also see the small aluminum fairing at the front. This […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Our youngest son Christian developed a new design proposal for our rebel. We like this design.Continue Reading... No Comments.
The teakwood grip really looks cool inside the cockpit. It was a good idea and is probably much better than any plastic piece. And we are sure to have a unique piece.Continue Reading... No Comments.
My wife wants a nice grip for the steering stick. I preferred a simple plastic version, but in the end (of course) we decided to go for a wooden grip. With the help from a good friend working in a company which produces wooden plinths, I fabricated my own teak wood grip. In the picture […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
The picture shows the epoxy system we used, all from R&G Faserverbundstoffe. Good stuff, probably much better than necessary for the simple, unstructural parts we had to make.Continue Reading... No Comments.
With the help of a fellow builder Nik, we sketched our first design proposal. We plan the Rebel mostly in silver with red stripes.Continue Reading... Comments Off on Design proposal
Today I first used one of these ancient drill presses. These are wonderful. Absolutely precise, no moving of parts like in my new one. You only need to take care not to get your finger or hand into the transmission belt. BTW: This drill press was built in 1927! This second machine is […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on I love these Drill Presses
Also I have a crane in the new workshop. This is a versatile tool. Movable electrical in all directions all over the workshop. It can lift up to 1000 kg. So no problem to lift the plane at all.Continue Reading... Comments Off on Workshop with crane
My new building location is a former mechanical engeneering workshop. Full of old tools. Sometimes you feel like in a museum. I now have 5 turning lathes available. All of them still working! The biggest one can take components up to 5 meters (15 feet). The drill press is also cool, it will have enough […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Fully Equipped New Workshop
Also the wings have to be moved. I used a former lumber trailer. It took both wings perfectly. The transport itself was not problem. Wings arrived without damage.Continue Reading... Comments Off on Moving wings
Our building starts into a new phase. To be able to mount the wings, we had to move the airplane. The wings wouldn’t fit into our garage, so we moved to a nearby workshop of some relatives. We had to move the plane approximately 500 meters. Since it has its own wheels, we decided just […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Moving Airplane
This looks like a real fan shirt. In fact it was just by coincidence that Martin bought this shirt. I hope it still fits when he will fly the rebel in some years.Continue Reading... No Comments.
This simple (self made) gauge helps when drilling on the fuselage. It keeps the drill in the right direction, 90 degrees to the surface.Continue Reading... No Comments.