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August 27, 2007. I must admit my work on the flying wings has been slowed due to my interest in sustainable living. However I have been able to work on the videos and am preparing to release many more of the videos I have shot in the last 5 years. Now that the RC models have been developing the larger electric dc electric motors and batteries I can look again to see if there is a power pack that will work on the Monarch.
June 20, 2007. Finally mat is back working on the Monarch.
Feb 20, 2007. We are finally getting the office organized and providing a few more CD's and DVD's for study.
Jan 6, 2007. The flying wings group has suggested many ideas for the electric launch Monarch .
Dec 29, 2006. A preview of the design of the Electric Launch Monarch
Dec 18,2006. A little more progress on the new fiberglass monarch.
Nov 22, 2006, Our Flying wings group above is in the process of discussing adapting an electric engine to the monarch. I need all the help I can get for those interested.
October 27, 2006. I have spent last year writing about my experiences with Jim Marske over the last 5 years and have now decided to publish the article. It may be controversial as I do criticize Jim who has been regarded as an icon in flying wings. I would be happy to publish other points of view, please email me.
Oct 11, 2006. Yes I was finally able to do some work on the new Monarch. Al Pernell has sent me some photos of his newly completed Pioneer!
Sept 20, 2006. Finally everything is coming together! I have purchased a new property. This now allows us a new workshop (40 ft x 80 ft with 20 ft ceilings), a smaller workshop for woodworking and fiberglass work in the winter along with a large two story house which will be used as an office and film production facility.
||This is the new shop area still filled with junk!
||Photo of the small workshop and house (offices) with a very large parking lot.
This is a very large property that includes a number of fruit trees and gardens. I still have our original building close by which I will use for storage and studies in sustainable living.
My mother has now entered a care facility which has relieved me of caring for her.
Peter Mezaros and I flew the Monarch and now have it at an airfield.
Mike couts has made tremendous progress on the the Pioneer V quarter scale.
August 3, 2006. Things are fairly slow in the flying wings for me since I am caring for my aging parent, especially for my mother who has alzhimers.Peter Meszaros and myself have decided to electrify the Monarch and we will begin test flying in a week or so.
I have also put in an offer to purchase a much larger industrial building 40" x 80" with 20 ft ceilings to pursue the flying wings on a larger scale.
May 2, 2006. Finally I am getting a chance to catch up on the web site. Peter Ivens of Belgium pointed out that I never did list the Design workshop CD. That is now done and contains a lot of very good information on flying wings.
Thanks for the many orders of CD's andDVD's. Things are a little difficult just now as I am helping care for my mother who has alzheimers.However I am planning more videos and flying in June.
Feb 13, 2006. Yes the web site was down for a few days which confused everyone. Somehow the renewal for the web site got mislaid but everything is back Things have been slow in aricraft related items but this time of year I am busy with Taxes, remodeling the workshop and dealing with the city on severance issues. Mike has been busy with the Pioneer V quarter scale. I have also been busy selling the flight videos and workshop videos.
Jan 03, 2005. I have finally done a better job of listing some of the workshop cd's and dvd's I have made over the last few years. Mike is making good progress on the Pioneer V quarterscale RC.
December 15, 2005. Mike and Mat met to discuss the construction of the wings and fuselage for the Quarter scale PV.
Dec 9, 2005. A few more videos from 2005 are now available.
Oct 20, 2005. Mike and I finally got some good shots of Monarch flights and there is some new dvd's and CD roms available.
Oct. 13, 2005. There is finally progress on the Pioneer V quarter scale. and Mike and Mat have flwon the Monarch F again.
Oct 4, 2005. Mike has the Pioneer V 1/4 scale fuselage mold. The Monarch F has flown again.
Oct 2, 2005. It has been quite distubing that Jim and Mat are no longer working together and are now having a dispute. Read about it.
Sept 27, 2005. Progress has been slow but at least there is progress. Our newsgroup is fairly active in discussing a powered Monarch and might be of interest to those visiting the site ( see above). The shop is coming together.. new worksbenchs are done, redoing drywall and inulation and planning an alternative buidling with composting toilet, solar cells etc.
I am watching the impending energy crisis carefully.......... and wondering just how that will affect soaring. Join our newsgroup to voice your opinion.
This winter will be spent mostly on working on my videos and insulating the shop but next year should be most interesting as we finish a Monarch and assemble teams for various projects.
Mike Couts hasbeen very busy making a lid for the Pioneer.... looks good Mike!
This site is now a study into flying wings after the designs of Fauvel. The practical aspect of building, flying and their documentation will now be our focus. Jim Marske is no longer associated with us.
August 3, 2005. Finally the Flying wing CD is available, see our flying wing dvd's and CD's for sale section.
August 1, 2005. I finally got some pictures of our Pioneer retrieve from Galion.
July 5, 2005. Well it finally happened..... Mike Landed out!
June 21, 2005. Mat has made the first cross country of the season in the Pioneer. The flight was 4 hours long and went 228 kilometers.
June 12, 2005.The Study videos are now more readily available by telephone for credit cards or through the post office.
June 06, 2005. Yes it has been about 6 weeks away from the flying but the move is complete now and we can again answer emails and send out videos. Mat is back doing the videos and flying the Pioneer. Mike has been up a few times and reports that the mass balances work well... but we had to change the nose wheel due to a tube failure of the front wheel..
Over the next few months Mat will try document all that has been done over the last five years at the Marske Flying Wings and complete the 1/4 scale two place.
Some of the issues facing us now are what direction to follow over the next few years. I would like to form teams to build, study and document everything and especially to share all that has been done through video and the web site.
thanks for being patient!
April 17, 2005. The Pioneer has flown! Mat test flew the Pioneer on sunday April 17, 2005.
March 31, 2005. The Marion workshop location is now closed and the new location in Port Burwell Canada is being set up so news may be a little slow for the next few months.
||eSo here is our new home
But despite the very tedious nature of moving the shop Mike and Mat have been very busy making the trailer for the flying of the Pioneer II d with its new mass balanced ailerons and elevator. Despite the new location of the workshop the Pioneer will be stationed in Marion where we will continue to film research flights for the coming year.... and yes to put a lid on that new trailer.
March 12, 2005 Update from Chris Newton.
March 8, 2005. Great news! Chris Newton is flying his Pioneer III model! Mike and Mat have the Pioneer IId on the new trailer!
Feb 27, 2005. Excellent progress on the wing stand- wing assembler for the Pioneer.
Feb 17, 2005. The composite workshop of Mar12-13 2005 will be the last offered this year due to the move of the shop. There is still plenty of room for those wishing to register.
The spar workshop video and slide show is still available and at some point the composite workshop video and slide show will also come available. Keep posted to this site for further details.
Feb 13, 2005. Mat has decided to move the flying Wing Shop to Canada and the Marion shop will close its doors on april 1, 2005. The emphasis of the new location will feature research and building the two place flying wing and motorized Monarch. The Filming and test Flying of the improved Pioneer IId will continue at the Marion Airport this summer during June and July.
The shop has been very busy indeed this past week. Mike thought up a great idea for a wing holder and wing support for putting the wings on the pioneer.Tim brought the Two place Model in so that we can make a mold. Even some work on the new Monarch
Feb 3, 2005. Mike has the wing spars done and the Dtubes cut for the Two place Model.
January 30, 2005. The Mass balancing of the Pioneer ailerons is pretty much finished and what a difference it makes!
January 19, 2005. More work on the Pioneer aileron mass balance. Al Pernel has made great progress on his Pioneer.
January 12, 2005. More work on the Pioneer aileron mass balance!
January 8, 2005. The Flight report of the Pioneer IId from Dave Welles June of 2004 has been posted in the articles section.
January 4, 2005. Roman Fraisl has sent us photos of his fist flight of the Pioneer III model.
December 31, 2004. Bill Kulhman has done a review of our Flying workshop held in July of 2004
Flying wing review published by Bill Kulhman
See page 25 of the download PDF file. This does take a long time to load... have patience.
December 24, 2004. Al Pernel has made great progress on his Pioneer IId
December 23, 2004. Roman Fraisl sent us more pictures of the uncovered Pioneer III 1/4 scale model. and sends a copy of the airfoil used.Mat has done more work on the Monarch G. The Pioneer is in the shop
December 22, 2004. Roman Fraisl sent us pictures of his version of a Pioneer III 1/4 scale model.
December 21, 2004. Ever wonder what it is like to fly a Flying Wing? You can find out for yourself by purchasing on of our many videos listed on our Items for Sale web page. Sale of theses videos helps support our web pages.
December 18, 2004. Bob Michener has sent us a Note from the Past!
December 17, 2004. Our next season of workshops will start on Mar 12- 13 with our Introduction to Composites.
December 16, 2004. Over the next few months this Interent site will make a number of changes. This site will no longer be associated soley with the Designs and building of Jim Marske's gliders but offer financial, composite information , aerodynmic resources and workshop techniques to those who want to pursue flying wings. While the underlying concentration will be full size flying wings we will be active in 1/4 scale models for the purposes of flight testing and general interest. All material will be freely shared on this site except videos. Free Plans will also be offered but anyone can make alterations to them, add to the design or offer alternatives. Articles will be published and again the participation of readers is encouraged to email differing opinions or add to the subject at hand for publication.
Our first workshop of 2005 held in Marion Ohio, will be in late March and topics will include Composites, airfoils, performance spreadsheets and just maybe a canopy blowing session for the Pioneer III. Keep posted for updates.
December 13, 2004. The new Monarch is taking shape quite quickly!
Dec 6, 2004. The shop has been on vacation for the past two weeks.! Tim has been busy on the quarter scale Pioneer V.
Nov 10, 2004.Well we have been doing a lot of test flying in the Pioneer IId.... even progress in the Pioneer III.... and a Monarch is being built! And the Yahoo Marske Flying Wings group is very active! And progress on the Pioneer V quarterscale!
Oct 29, 2004. Really enjoying the flight testing of the Pioneer IId!
October 13, 2004. Lots of test flights in the Pioneer IId this last few weeks... and all of them video taped! The results are coming in and yes there is a lot better performance than I had expected and yes the L/D at 85 is about 26:1... not bad for an old bird! But the point of Mats testing is not how good it is but the shape of the curve... I do beleive that there is something to the theory that as the speed increases the decrease in L/D is less that expected when compared to tailed ships. the results will show all of this. Donations accepted to help with the tow costs.... and I will send you a video of the test flight you want to sponsor!
The more I fly this Pioneer the more I enoy it... I have so much to learn.
Sept 30, 2004. Mat did some test flying in the Pioneer IId
Sept 26, 2004. Tim has send along a few pictures of the quarter scale Pioneer 5 in progress
Sept 20, 2004. Mat Flew the Pioneer IId for 3 hours yesterday in turbulent weather and today did the first of flight testing. Mike updated his contest entry too!
Sept 15, 2004. Yes Mike Couts did well! Sixth out of 17 sailplanes entered in the contest using the Pioneer IId..
Sept 9, 2004. Thanks to Skip Hockman and Chris Stokes for their very generous financial contributions towards the Pioneer III development.
Sept 8, 2004. Mike couts has finished hot wiring the fuselage parts to the Pioneer 5 quarterscale.
Sept 06, 2004.The Marske shop has been on vacation and will try to catch up on updating the web site. Mike Couts has been working on the preparation for the foam cutting on the quarterscale Pioneer 5 Two place. Next weekend Mike will compete in the local cross country contest with the Pioneer IId.
August 10, 2004. We listed the incorrect dates of the fall composite workshop incorrectly... should read November 20-21, 2004 a saturday and sunday.
The Labor day tribute to Jim Marske will be free and just a friendly get together of pilots and friends.
July 25, 2004. The fall composite workshop will take place on nov 20-21, 2004.
The Pioneer kit builders have been updated with the addition of Al Pernell. Thanks for the pictures!
July 24, 2004. The years highly successful Spar Workshop will take place on October 16-17, 2004.
July 19, 2004. The Flying Wing Workshop was an intensive and exciting workshop that brought ten diffent types particpants together from Mark Nankivil and Bill Kulhman, modelers, to Ralph Kimberlin in flight testing, John Livingston, aerodynamicist, Phil Sheridan Steve Kozelka and Howard Sweeney both wanting to go into manufacture of flying wings. It was wonderful to share ideas and find out what each person was working on and to see the practical aspects of a real flying wing.
We have made good progress on the Pioneer V 1/4 scale planning and have allocated wing building to Mike Couts, fusleage to Tim Tanguay and design to Jim Marske.
July 14, 2004. Lots of preparation for the Flying Wing Design workshop this coming weekend.
July 5, 2004. With all the excitment of the Flight testing of the Pioneer IId we have not forgotten about the Pioneer III and Pioneer V two place. Phil Sheridan has come forward with a generous offer to fund the complete building of the Pioneer V 1/4 scale model and as well a donation to continue design of the Pioneer V.
June 31, 2004. Mat did another cross country in the Pioneer IId
June 30, 2004. The Flying Wing Design Workshop has been updated.
June 28, 2004. This past weekend saw a 110.3 mile cross country in the Pioneer IId.
June 24, 2004. Thanks to Tim Juneau of WA for his generous donation to the web pages.|
This has been a very exciting week here with Dave Welles doing some test flying of the PioneerIId
June 22, 2004. The damaged Pioneer IId is back flying.
Thanks for the many emails of support.
June 11, 2004. Mat does two cross countries, and a few tests but has a bad landing in the Pioneer!
June 3, 2004. The updated Pioneer IID has flown!
June 1,2004. A very special thanks to Laviniu Tirca for the generous donation to the internet site. The Pioneer IId is at the airport waiting for flight testing... all we need is good weather.
May 25, 2004. Again lots of late nights and hard work on the Pioneer IId. But this bird is about ready to fly!!!
May 15, 2004. Good progress this week on the Pioneer IId
May 7, 2004. Thanks to Jerry Nolan for his generous donations towards the PV(two place) and the PIII
May 3, 2004. Thanks to Chip Beckner for his generous donation towards the Pioneer III development.
And again more work on the PIId and the Pioneer III.
April 27, 2004. More work on the Pioneer IId
April 21, 2004. The Pioneer IId wheel is in and the fairing started along with the nose wheel started.
April 13, 2004. Mat looked at the wheel of the Pioneer IId and decided we needed a larger one.....but fitting it in was a headache!
April 07, 2004. We have canopies for the Pioneer!
April 06,2004. We have a new DVD of the Flight of July 13,2003 This is a good introduction to the Pioneer IId. Shows stills of complete aircraft , takeoff , thermalling and landing.
April 05, 2004. The Pioneer rebuild of 2003 is now available on CD as a slide show. This shows the reconstruction of the wings.
Just received a photo of Mike Ward with their version of the "Homebrew Vacuum Pump" we used in the Marske workshop ( originally designed by Mike Couts). He and Steve Kiblinger where particpants in the last composite workshop. Well Done!
April 04, 2004. More work on the canopy for the Pioneer IId.
March 29, 2004. Thanks to Steve Kiblinger for his sponsorship of the Workshop Web page!
March 28,2004. Good progress on the Pioneer IId... ready to make the canopy frame!
March 26, 2004. We are very busy in the shop finishing the Pioneer III and the rebuild of the Pioneer IId fuselage.
BUT please do not forget the Pioneer V project (two place ship). Please, if you can manage a few dollars to donate towards this project it would be greatly appreciated. This allows Jim to concentrate on new designs and not haveto take work on other projects.I will send a new DVD of the July 30, 2003 Pioneer IId Cross country video to anyone who donates. This video shows not only the cross country but stalls, high speed runs, a save from 700 ft agl , landings and takeoffs! We accept Visa and Mastercard.
Mike Couts is building a PIII 1/4 scale RC model. His new CNC hot wire machine is really doing wonders!
March 24, 2004. More topics added to the Flying Wing Design Workshop July 17-18th, 2004, cost $250, Limited to 10 participants.
March 22, 2004. It was a great composite workshop! Fun for all involved. We traded composite secrets, told stories and got our gloves in the epoxy ! There are few pictures from the workshop.
March 16, 2004. Some of you may have noticed that our phone line was down....WE had repairs done to a cable and then a fork lift in an adjacent building ran into the wires.... The phone line is now fixed! The Composite workshop is now full.
March 14, 2004. A lot of work done on the Pioneer IId and we have a 45 minute DVD on a Pioneer IId flight showing a short cross country, stalls and a high speed run.... with landings and takeoffs.
We have also listed the Flying Wing Symposium ( A Tribute to Jim Marske) for Labor Day weekend.
Mar 9, 2003. We have more workshop particpants for our Mar 20-21 composite workshop. The shop has been busy with upgrades to the Pioneer IId and the PIII is making progress.
We have this years tentative outline for workshops:
Ideas and suggestions welcome
Tail-less Design workshop about July 17-18th, 2004, cost $250
Flying Wing symposium- labor day weekend-Sept 4-5, and 6th, 2004- cost $75 to attend
A Study of the works of Jim Marske and others who have used the plank or forward swept wing planform:
-see the Pioneer IId fly
-see the pioneer III
-films and discussions
Spar workshop Oct 16-17,2004, cost $250
Composite workshop Nov 19-20,2004, cost $250
Mar 1, 2003. Ok back in the shop to work on the Pioneer IId and Jim has made progress on the Pioneer III.This year we are looking forward to flying the Pioneer III, doing films on the Pioneer IId, many workshops and getting that 1/4 scale PV flying, Your financial help is needed: consider sponsoring a web page or a project.
Feb 28. 2004. Mat is back from a three month visit that took him to Europe.During that time he wrote an article on FLYING THE PIONEER IID.He also created a number of DVD's on flying the Pioneer IId soon to be released.
Feb 15, 2004. New additions of working with polyester and repairing gelcoat in the March 20-21, 2004 composite workshop.
Feb 5, 2004. The
composite workshop participants are registering.
Jan 31, 2004. More updates on the
20-21, 2004 composite workshop. Updates on Mike
January 27, 2004. More updates on
2004 composite workshop.
January 25, 2004. Jim has been
busy with finishing up the prototype Pioneer
January 21, 2003. Our next
workshop will be in Marion Ohio, Saturday March 20 and Sunday
March 21, 2004. This workshop will feature working with composites
which includes reviewing the properties of fiberglass, kevlar and
carbon and making molds. This will be a hands on workshop. Watch
the workshop web page for details.
January 14, 2004. Well it has been
some time since I last updated the web site... a lot has happened!
My brothers factory in England burnt down and I had to leave in a
hurry to help him set up the computers..... and then I had to
extend my stay.... and all the while I could not update the web
site from England! But now I am back but writing from Canada where
I am visiting my parents.
November 28, 2003. Well that was
quite a Spar
Workshop! Everyone shared theier experiences and all of us
went away with a better understanding of how to build a carbon rod
spar.We have tentatively planned a Composite workshop for sometime
in the month of March of 2004. Details to follow in the next few
November 10, 2003. A few changes
to the spar workshop
November 6, 2003. We have added a
note to the Spar
workshop and have a few more participants.
November 3, 2003. We are busy
preparing for the spar
workshop on november 22-23/ 03.
October 24, 2003. We have a number
of new study videos listed for playback on a computer.
October 17, 2003. Another very
important event for us was the test flgiht of the rebuilt
wings for Mike Hostage. The Pioneer
III has the fin and rudder attached. During the last two weeks
we have had computer problems and this has hampered our processing
of the pictures and updating the site.
Sept 29, 2003. Dave Welles, tested
IId on Saturday Sept 27, 2003.As a result of Daves
encouragement we want to accelerate our development of the Pioneer
III and IV as well as continue testing with the Pioneer IId.
Donations would be greatly appreciated.
September 20, 2003. Check Articles
for a re-issue of the "Evening
Thermal" printed originally in Saoring Magazine October
September 18, 2003 The Marske Shop
in Marion Ohio will conduct Carbon
Spar design and construction workshop for composite aircraft
on November 22 and 23 ,2003.(saturday and Sunday) Those interested
should email us immediately.
September 13, 2003. Mat flew the
Grob 102 to try catch Mike in the Pioneer.
He then flew the Pioneer and gives his comparison. Also more data
on the slow airspeed stall attempts!
September 12, 2003. Found an
interesting web page on flying the Fauvel Flying wing. The wings
of Fauvel seem to have similar flight characteristics to the
September 8, 2003.Back from
vacation, Mat in the Pioneer
IId wins the first day at the local sailplane contest!
August 14, 2003. Mat finally got a
number of Pioneer
stall and spin attempts on video.
August 12, 2003. Just got started
on the Online
August 11, 2003. News from Bob
Michener, a pilot from the 1970's that restored the ship that
was used in the misguided Soaring Magazine article on the Pioneer
August 9, 2003. Mike
Hostages wings are nearing completion and the Marske
Pioneer rebuild has a new nose fairing. And Jim is back
working on the Pioneer
August 1, 2003. Paul
Gallati's Monarch F is fitted to his trailer.Mike
Hostages Wings are now painted.
July 30, 2003. This was quite a
day with a good cross country and a video of an attempt stall
where I held zero airspeed in the Pioneer
July 28, 2003. We have another
July 26, 2003. Mat has put in many
more hour in the Pioneer
IId and has more to report on flying qualities.
July 18,2003. Mat did about four
hours in the PioneerIId
July 17, 2003. We have a Mpeg
video on CD available for $8.50. This is an in cockpit view of
the marske Pioneer IId in flight.
July 15, 2003. Jim has finihed the
rudder on the Pioneer
July 14, 2003.Mat flew the Pioneer
IId four times over the weekend and files a flight report.
July 11, 2003. More work done on
July 9, 2003. Paul
Gallatti's Monarch has made good progress. He will soon pick
it up and finish it. Our Pioneer
has a new ventilation system.
July 7, 2003. Progress on the
July 2, 2003. The
pioneer IId had a great late day flight on saturday
June 27, 2003.
Monarch Price has been reduced.
Hostages Pioneer is being painted!
Aileron molds for the Pioneer
III. and the Gallati
Monarch is making progress. Please consider making a
donation to the Pioneer III. This ship promises a new future
for soaring with a very low sink rate at about 40 mph and
excellent high speed L/D of about 42 from 50 mph to 80 mph. and
remember this is just a sport sailplane. Our Pioneer IV is the
June 24, 2003. Mat did a small
cross country and started filming the Pioneer.
June 19, 2003. Paul
Gallati's Monarch is being worked on..
June 15, 2003. We have Mike
Hostages left wing covered!
June 13, 2003. Good progress on
Hostage Pioneer wings
June 9, 2003. The downloadable
June 6, 2003 flight data showing a save from 700 ft is now posted
on the Pioneer
June 7, 2003. What an emotional
day with the Pioneer
June 6, 2003. More work on the
June 02, 2003. Mike has been busy
fixing busted tractors.... and it rains on his days off so Mat has
been left with the flying. He had a great breakthough today with
May 29, 2003. We are making good
progress on the Galatti
Monarch, the Hostage
Wings and refinements to the Pioneer
IId ... but not much flying! The weather has been terrible!
May 23, 2003. We
have a solution to the towing bridle on the Pioneer
May 19, 2003. Mike tried out a
short bridle on the Pioneer,
Hostages ailerons are nearing finishing and Paul
Galatti's Yaw dampers are done.
May 14, 2003. Mat finished a few
mods to the old Pioneer
IId and Mike
Hostages wings are coming along well.
May 8, 2003. Paul Gallati visited
us with his recently complete airframe for his Monarch
F. He has done a wonderful job.. infact Jim commented it is
one of the very best he has seen. He brought this to us so we
could fit it to the recently purchased trailer.
Work is continuing on the Mike
Hostages Pioneer IId
May 5, 2003. Another very good
flight in the Pioneer
May 2, 2003. Many thanks to Skip
Hockman for his recent donation to the PIII
project which is finally nearing completion.
May 01, 2003. Good progress on
Hostage's Pioneer IId wing rebuild.
April 28, 2003. Mat flew for 3
hours 20 minutes yesterday in the Pioneer
IId chasing the Apis!
April 24, 2003. Mat had his first
soaring flight in the Pioneer
IID and writes his report.