Saturday, 29 August 2009

The BioniX is here

We went to the Blois microlight trade show today for the official viewing of the BioniX wing. Not only have Aircreation released a technical masterpiece, but a few other things were worth noting too.

The BioniX is not designed to be the fasted wing on the market, but the most versatile. At maximum take off weight of the Tanarg BioniX combination (472kg), the wing is designed to offer fantastic slow speed handling. The stall speed at that weight is still only around 37 mph!

The BioniX design has a "Corset" built in that is capable of changing the profile of the wing from slow to fast and back again with a control on the A frame.
This is a major safety factor in that whatever the weight of the trike, an engine failure will still leave perfect slow speed handling for a short field landing.

The batton tips are also a new design. Gone is the old "bits of string" idea that has been used in all flexwing microlights up till now. In comes a new over center clip, which makes life easier.

Another new thing is that the Tanarg can now be seen in different colour schemes. Aircreation has had the gold version for a while as their factory demonstrator, but at the show there was a very nice black machine fitted with the BioniX wing, as can be seen in the top picture.

My next step is to test fly the new wing as soon as I get the chance and write a full flight test, before I place my order.

Click on the pictures to see a bigger clearer picture.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

The new wing!

A picture at last. The wing is called the BioniX. It is not quite a swing wing, but a variable geometry design. It has been patented by Aircreation and I still think that it is such a fantastic design that I want one. I will need to fly one first, but I am sure that it will be everything that I expect.
Click on the picture for a bigger clearer look.

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Final cut for radio fit

I have at last worked out the correct wiring loom for the radio fit. There is no need to connect to anything except the Flycom focus.

This has been designed by me with no help at all from Microair, who cannot even be bothered to answer emails.
Spot the deliberate mistake in the above diagram! The backlight cable should be wired to pin 8 on the M760 plug and not pin 15. Pin 15 is the speaker pin.

Monday, 10 August 2009

Update on the radio fit

I have now got the radio fitted and interfaced with the Flycom Focus EFIS. The wiring diagram is as follows:

The alert messages come through the headsets still as they are still using the Flycom Focus intercom. The radio works well apart from some interference from the aircraft electrics.
To overcome this interference, I wanted to wire the power wire to the DB-15 plug on the Flycom so that there is a clean supply, but I cannot get any information on the Flycom Focus. The Aircreation factory tell me that Flycom is no longer trading and they have no wiring diagrams for the Flycom.
They also tell me that they will not need to worry about this combination as the Flycom will no longer be fitted to new aircraft.
I tried to find out where the facory fit Filser radio gets its power from, but that is proving elusive. If anyone out there has a Filser with the Flycom, could you please look at it and see where the power supply for the radio comes from, the Flycom or the fusebox.
Update 12 Aug: Aircreation have confirmed that when radios (normally Filser) were fitted at the factory, the power for the radio is taken direct from the Flycom. I will therefore sort out which pins on the Flycom plug will supply 12 volts and update the wiring diagram in the future.