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looking forward to hearing the results too.
Any images/dimensions of the strut fairings and the horizontal stabiliser fairings?
Agreed, a remodel similar to the 750 cruiser (think 850 cruiser) would attract a whole new crowd of purchasers as they would be getting up into C182 territory if done correctly.
I made up a set of instructions tonight for you and others. Sorry no pictures from the wrecked 801 exist of this detail. The stabilizer fairings are knock offs of the ones shown in the 2 after market mod videos, except that I made mine out of a flat sheet of aluminum that did not require any tools more sophisticated than a pair of snips. All the curves are made by bend and twist from a flat piece of metal. Don't have a set on my new one yet. Will document and share when I get them on. First priority is to get new panel in and go flying.
Since the title is retractable slats, what other aircraft have had retractable slats?
I like the Just Super STOL arrangement – or at least I find it interesting… The Peg retraction system is also easy to understand… Will be interested to see how your experiments turn out…
Now this is really great practical design information. It seems to support hypothesis that best low end lift is with the slat forward and below the bottom surface. I looked at the SuperSTOL design in person at the factory and agree it is the simplest.
Some design objectives are to:
1) If possible not change the existing slat cross section ( I don't want to build entirely new slats) but small add on extensions to trailing edge, or build up to the nose is OK.
2) Simple and robust. I don't want it breaking or hanging up.
3) I don't mind cutting into the slat to make mounting modifications, but I definitely do not want to be cutting up my leading edge. So limited to using the existing attach brackets in some modified form. I don't want my aircraft down for weeks resurfacing the leading edge.
4) Add on profile changes (as in a mini-cuff) to change the nose profile are ok, as I would make them removable to facilitate experiment.
I recognize that it might compromise the results a little. But if I can get most of the benefit of a properly deployed slat and not decrease cruise. I will call that a success.
Thanks very much for contributing this.