"Buildable - but a mixed up design. It has the look of a high aspect ratio glider, very efficient. Why then the two (efficiency killing) engines? Not sure if you are building small for a ducted fan, or if it's life size with turbine engines.…"
"Andrew, I've spent some time studying this design. I believe it is inefficient and excessively complex for its stated mission.
Your analysis is valid - you could control the vehicle with fewer control surfaces. However, using fewer surfaces…"
"The key to controllability will be placement of the control surfaces relative to the aircraft CG.
This will be very easy to over control, so PIO is a real possibility.
I don't know if you have the budget, but adding a stability augmentation…"
David Kern is a graduate of the US Air Force Test Pilot School, and holds degrees in flight test engineering and electrical engineering. He is is an aerospace engineer and experimental test pilot with pilot-in-command time in over 30 different types of aircraft – including fighters, heavy transports, experimental home builts, gliders, and seaplanes. He specializes in sensor and system integration, and also has substantial experience in flight controls, aircraft stability, and propulsion systems. He is an award winning technical author, published by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP). Mr. Kern is a recognized expert in team building and communication, and advises clients on proven and methodical risk management strategies.
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UAVs present exciting industrial applications and groundbreaking challenges. As an engineer and US Air Force trained test pilot, I'm interested to see the unpiloted vehicle development industry improve safety and airworthiness.
Kern Aerospace LLC, provides aerospace development services for high risk projects. Their core product is developmental flight test that is "Safe, Effective, and Efficient”.
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