Video: Produced by Kenneth Carpenter in iMovie with QuickTime outtakes created in X-Planes simulator.
Nova Hawk Sailplane: Designed by Kenneth Carpenter modifying the LP19B2 glider designed by Lance Prior.
Music: "Across The Reflecting Sands", composed, and performed by Daniel Powers.
“Slope Soaring at Kotor Ridge” is a short four-minute simulation video representing phase one of the Nova Hawk RC glider project. Phase one asks two simple questions; can I design a forward swept wing v-tail glider and can I do it without building a lot of crashed test models? The answer is yes, with X-Planes.
X-Planes is the first professional Mac based flight simulator (now multi-platform, for Android, iOS, Linux and Windows) registered with the FAA for airline pilots practice and has been used by serious experimental aircraft designers including Burt Rutan for Space Ship One. The Nova Hawk glider is my first attempt at designing a sailplane using the X-Planes program. Austin Meyer and Laminar Research created X-Planes and in my opinion are brilliant simulation designers. The aerodynamic physics are exceptionally realistic and is complimented with beautiful scenery.
After purchasing X-Planes you become part of a vast membership of individuals who have access to thousands of free member uploaded aircrafts. You can also purchase aircrafts, record your own QuickTime movie outtakes and with iMovie create video demonstration. Add to that the ability to design your own plane, airfoils, and modify existing flying machines and you have a potent design program.
The Nova Hawk glider is a highly modified version of the LP19B2 sailplane designed by Lance Prior. His LP19B2 was used as a platform to study my ideas. By the way, Lance Prior is one of the unsung heroes in the X-Planes universe; his glider creations are simple, elegant and efficient. The LP19B2 glider modifications are as follows: replace straight main wing with 17 degrees forward swept wing, reconfigure t-tail to v-tail, redesigned interior cockpit, reconfigure exterior cockpit geometry and redesign exterior paint scheme. The inspiration behind the Nova Hawk glider comes from two disparate aircrafts. The first is the famous forward swept wing ASK13 vintage training glider and the other is the v-tail French Fouga Magister jet trainer.
As a child I always had a fascination with things that fly. Eventually I joined the Academy Of Modeling Aeronautics and the Rhode Island Soaring Club. The Rhode Island Soaring Club fly radio control thermal gliders at the turf farm adjacent to Richmond airport. I also fly RC slope gliders off the cliffs of Newport, Jamestown Rhode Island and Cape Cod in Massachusetts. In the near future I’ll be bringing this project to phase two; refine the simulator design, and progress to the construction of an RC glider.
Slope Soaring at Kotor Ridge was made possible because of the X-Planes simulator. X-Planes is also an outstanding aircraft design program opening the door for anyone to create and present the flying machine of his or her dreams.