Post by Dave Homewood on Oct 2, 2021 20:39:47 GMT 12
BUILDING OWN AIRCRAFT
Plan Of Auckland Schlooboy
"The Press” Special Service AUCKLAND, Feb. 1.
A 16-year-old Auckland Grammar School boy wants to build his own aeroplane and to get others interested in home construction of light aircraft. He is David McDonald, of 9 Ponsonby road, who has joined the Experimental Aircraft Association of America in his search for information and guidance in building “backyard” planes.
He has applied for a flying scholarship, and intends to study engineering at the university, but in the meantime has written to France for the plans to build a little plane called a Jodel Bebe. He says it can be built in a room 16ft x 5ft—fuselage first, wings second — at a cost of about £350.
David thinks that he can get the wood from the de Havilland Company in Wellington, and that the engine would be the same as one used in a popular small car, producing 40 horse-power.
He says that in America, where many planes of all sizes and shapes are home-built, the makers can buy their bits and pieces for a comparative song. For example, one man bought a whole Piper aircraft fuselage and a Lycoming 55 horse-power engine for about £27. There, makers can pick up much surplus equipment, including Air Force items. Anyway, David hopes that other youngsters will join him in forming an active New Zealand association devoted to building members’ own planes and flying them.
I enjoy these little bits of printed history Dave but it would be helpful to have the publication year in the topic heading - I was expecting to read about a young man working on a homebuilt today, something one doesn't hear much about, rather than a story about someone who's older than my Dad!
Post by Dave Homewood on Nov 20, 2021 14:02:15 GMT 12
OK, how about this then...?
Gyro-Glider Built By Schoolboy In Auckland
"The Press“ Special Service
AUCKLAND, September 30.
Auckland’s first gyro-glider—-which will be kept aloft by 20-foot diameter rotor blades—is ready to take the air. All that is wanted for its first test is a 20-knot wind.
Its pilot will be 19-year-old David Smith, a sixth-former at Mount Albert Grammar School.
A model aeroplane enthusiast for the last 10 years—he has won many prizes—David is now graduating to the real thing. He has applied to the Civil Aviation Administration for registration and a certificate of airworthiness for the machine he has built from a set of plans obtained from the United States, where many of these gyro-gliders are now flying.
David, who is skilled with his hands, is set on a career as a dentist. Workmanship on his model planes reflects painstaking precision.
His gyro-glider is no amateurish job. Though its all-up weight is only 90 lb, it can lift 400 lb. Without a motor, its rotors can keep it hovering at whatever ceiling is provided by the wind. With motors, these machines have been known to soar to 12,500 feet.
The glider’s rotors are made of mahogany veneer on steel spars. The pilot just sits comfortably on a rubber seat in the frame and works the controls. The machine can be towed into the air or put aloft like a kite on a rope tethered to a stake. The cost of the glider to David has been £45 and he has been two years getting together the money and materials and building it. When he is able to get a 20 h.p. motor he will install it behind the pilot's seat and fit a propeller there to give the glider forward drive. If he can get the motor in time he plans to take his gyro-glider down by road to Rongotai for the air pageant there.
Post by planewriting on Nov 20, 2021 17:13:28 GMT 12
The early Gyrogliders, including Bensons, were actually registered in the ZK-G** ranges. These were ZK-GAO Rotating Wing Glider R F Brett Gisborne 22-11-54, ZK-GAX Bensen B-6 D P O'Brien Ohakune 9-7-56, ZK-GBK Bensen B-7 D P O'Brien Ohakune 26-9-57, ZK-GBL (later ZK-HAM) T V Laugeson Turakina 15-10-57 (Trevor Laugeson was killed flying ZK-HAM at Paraparaumu on 14 April 1963), ZK-GBP Bensen B-7 A B Crowe Foxton 23-1-58 and ZK-GBS Bensen B-7 R B Chadwick Opunake 17-4-58.
Does anyone have photographs they can share with me of ZK-GAO, ZK-GAX, ZK-GBK or ZK-GBS. Please send me a personal message. Thanks
As will be seen, one was re-registered in the ZK-H** helicopter range and also ZK-GBP had its registration cancelled as not required. It simply became 01. Several Bensen B8s made it on to the register but only as ZK-H** aircraft and none of of them until the mid 1960s so I wonder if David Smith's one ever took to the air successfully.
Looks like a coincidence as the age is about 8 years out, but one David Smith was an ab initio student at the first Walsh Memorial Scout Flying School in 1967 and went on to become a dentist (and a CPL). Dave later instructed at Hawera from memory and AFAIK is in Te Aroha these days
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