Over the years here on the forum, we've seen several started which appear never to have been completed. A welded, chromoly frame with fabric covering is a longer-term commitment than bolting together aluminum tubes or putting together an MTO....it is only really frustrating to see hundreds of mto's, magni's and other stock gyro video and only 2 videos of the little wing...
Tim,Mine has yet to fly as i am in no hurry but it WILL FLY someday soon. I have other things going on in life which need priority and then i will get back to my Little Wing project. The plane is 99% complete with only a few minor mechanicals needing mounted and then a hang test and then start endurance tests and baby step tests builiding up to the moment of runway flights and beyond. I can say without hesitation that building a Little Wing is a monumental task and it takes time to do it right! We have seen many builders get in a hurry to fly and some end up making their last lift off. I plan on being one of those "OLD PILOTS" rather than a bold one!
As soon as mine starts flying i will be posting videos of the flights you can be assured!
Instead of adding extra workload to the pilot to remember to start or stop a camera someone near the gyro can start the camera using the remote when the gyro is ready to taxi. Either that or just start the camera before the engine is started and just let it run. It's easy to edit out the extra few minutes of footage.From what has been posted in the WRENS fly in thread, Fred Perdue will be attending the get together and may be bringing his LW. I plan on being there as well. If he does in fact bring his LW and if it flies, I will do my best to get as much video of the 'craft as I possibly can.
I have a GO PRO HERO 3 Black edition with a bluetooth remote that I can mount inside the cockpit or anywhere for that matter if Mr Perdue will allow it. I mention the bluetooth remote because it makes starting and stopping the video very easy and disctraction free because you wear the remote like a wrist watch. Hopefully that will help convince him to allow us to make videos of his excellent aircraft that we can share with all the current builders, potential builders, and LW fans around the world.
I also have a Panasonic 3CCD 1080p HD camcorder that I will use to get ground footage.
There is also another gentlemen who enjoys videography as a hobby who will be attending (can't remember his name off the top of my head), so I bet he will also get good footage (probably better than I will) and maybe we can convice him to share this as well.
These types of videos and publications of aircraft are what motivate people to take on such a project or finish such a large project and I think its important to have these out there for the future pilots and builders. Plus, I think the LW is highly under publicized and is worthy of such things.
Someone brought a Little wing to Bensen Days one year. It looked great. I can't remember the builder's name. I don't know if he ever flew it, sold it, or what.