With Mark Windsheimer’s expertise (http://airtimeabove.com/), we took the sail off my AtosVR to assess the impact of my downwind flip-wack landing last month…
The good news is that we decided we could epoxy/fiber fix the top of the above downtube and save me 600 plus dollars for a new one.
The bad news is that the right D-cell is structurally compromised. This long crack meets and then follows above the I-beam with a raised/de-laminated looking bubble for 4-6 inches. While that’s the part that makes it compromised, you should see the 4ft long crack on the other side of this D-cell. That picture is a few pic’s further down. I’m having a difficult time visualizing the way my impact caused these cracks but I suspect that the weight of my body cramming down on the undersurface of the Atos as we did a robust ground tumble could have been the greatest force the wing encountered. Below picture shows the same crack, but you can see the bubbling over the I-beam better.
The long crack below:
Leaving Mark’s house at 9,000ft with Winter setting up shop.
This problem is far reaching since a new D-cell is $4-6,000. Haven’t figured out what’s to become of my Zapata aspirations in 2011, except that I’ve been planning my life around it. If anyone has sponsorship experience, some ideas would be priceless? Please help!
Recognize this glider I happened upon when I was at this website? 1 Million dollars to the first person to guess his name.. http://www.merriam-webster.com/browse/dictionary/q/quantifying.htm
Parts bent/broken: Heart Bolt, 2 dntube pins, right D-cell
Parts needing repair: Left D-cell, both Dntubes, flap rope