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November 29, 2013
The Vortex Magnum - A Wide Bodied, High Performance, Four Place
Here to see what is
going on around McMullan Aircraft Design and, if you dare,
to see what goes through the mind of someone designing
a modern, high performance aircraft.
To design safe, comfortable, high performance aircraft
that are affordable to most people.
To provide those "Non-Engineers" that are
serious about designing a modern, high performance aircraft,
the materials they need to do so safely, aerodynamically,
and efficiently. This includes publications and on-line
McMullan Aircraft Design
you all know, the cost of an airplane is staggering.
Even old, used airplanes are not affordable to the general
population. Because of this, I set out to design an
airplane that would suit my needs and be affordable
at the same time. This quest has turned out to take
much longer than I had ever imagined but I have learned
much along the way. There were a few criteria that my
airplane had to meet, they were:
Roominess. I am a big man and I want something
I can fly in, comfortably.
Powerful. I live in the mountain west and
I want and need an airplane that can fly in and out
of the mountains. Powerful is a relative term. I want
to cut horsepower requirements by utilizing low drag
and light weight designs but still design high performance
Inexpensive. This includes the airframe,
engine and all other components of the airplane. As
you may know, current aircraft engines are very expensive
and expensive to maintain. For this reason, I want
to explore the use of other, reliable, less expensive
options such as auto engine conversions.
Ease of Construction. I want to design
an airplane that can be built by most people without
having to spend a fortune on tools and equipment.
Most of All - SAFETY. The airplane
has to be safe or it simply is not worth building.
an Airplane Being Born!
the last few weeks I have been modifying and simplifying
the JayBird. I've been drawing the structure in AutoCad
and I will be posting updates on the design work.
What I plan to do is design the airplane in AutoCad
and then "build" the airplane in 3D with SolidWorks.
Then finite element analysis (FEA) can be run on the airplane's
structure. This will assure that the airplane is neither
over-designed or under-designed. Parts that need to be
strengthened can be re-designed before the actual airplane
is built. If a part is built too strongly, it can be re-designed
to save weight and size.
Here to go to the latest update page on the JayBird.