EMG-6 "Shop Notes" October 2016

“EMG-6 Shop Notes” is a day-to-day accounting of what’s going on in the shop with the EMG-6 Electric Motor Glider.

October 21, 2016 AOPA Electric Article

October 20, 2016

Tim sent the Webinar report from yesterday. We want to thank everyone for giving us such a high rating. And even though we only had 173 attendees we feel pretty good about the total attendance. Especially considering we were up against the 3rd presidential debate. Maybe that’s why we did have such good attendance. Everyone looking for an escape. We will post the link to the webinar When it becomes available.


We are getting ready for doing our new VLOG (Video blog). It will be called the  “Hangar 7 Video blog” We will be doing a weekly Video update with everything that is happening not only on the EMG-6 but with the going’s on at Rainbow Aviation as well.

October 19, 2016

One of the suggestions that came out of the recent webinar was to check out this German company, Geiger Engineering. I spent the afternoon kind of perusing their products and checking out what they been doing. Google translate wasn’t able to help with a lot of the webpages but we were able to get the gist of what they were working with. They have both a 12, 16, and 25 kW continuous operation motors all of which look like they are very viable for the EMG-6.

We will make contact with them and gather some more information about pricing and find out whether or not they’re interested in providing (lending) us with a motor/system for testing on the EMG-6.

In the interim you may be interested in checking out their website yourself. Click here.


October 4, 2016 New Drawings Added to the Builders Database

We continue to add more drawings to the builders database as we refine them. These drawings contain the small components necessary for the installation of the control system for aileron, elevator, and rudder. Most of these components are small enough that they can be manufactured out of the scrap material from building the fuselage frame. The standoffs are created from .75×.035 4130 chromoly steel tube and the bearing/bushing holders are manufactured from 1.0×.058 4130 steel tube. The normal installation process involves welding the standoffs to the bushing support then using an alignment tube weld the subassembly to the fuselage frame.


October 1, 2016 Light Sport Repairman Maintenance Class

We have had to back to back light sport repairman maintenance classes that we have been conducting over the last month. This always requires pretty much 100% of her attention during the maintenance class and only the time after class to I get to dedicate to the EMG-6 project. Jason has continued to put together subassembly kits and has been shipping out fairly regularly. We have about 8 days of class left until our next major break where we should start once again making some major progress on the EMG-6 development.

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