Preparing the Wing Build

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 Unlike other Experimental Aircraft Plans I had a choice on what wings to build.  I could build the Wag Aero 2+2 Sportsman Wings per the plans or select other wing options.  The Wag Aero Wings  are wood construction with square tips and wing spoilers instead of flaps. At the time I did not have a high confidence level for fabricating wood parts and I really wanted flaps so my attention turned to a wing kit made in Canada and available for use on the Sportsman 2+2.  

The Northstar Wings are made by Custom Flight Limited of Perkinsfield Ontario. The Northstars airfoil is the same as the Proven Piper USA 35B and is totally adaptable to fitting my Wag Aero Fuse.  Morgan Williams is the owner and Chief Engineer for Custom Flight Limited and is the brightest and most knowledgable person in Aviation that I have ever met.  His company (http://www.customflightltd.com) makes the Northstar Bush Plane Kit which is a Super Cub type airframe and they sell the same wings for Sportsman builders like me.  In the next several posts I will describe a lot more about this fantastic wing kit and what a joy it was to build such an extraordinary piece of engineering.

However before proceeding I always like to point out misguided ideas I had as a novice homebuilder.  Early in the process I read somewhere the need to build an absolutely flat wing table needed to fabricate the wings.  That seemed so logical to me that I did not hesitate to build a huge 4 foot wide by 16 foot long wing table.  Later on, after purchasing the Northstar wing kit I discovered that they are assembled on a simple pair of saw horses. The Northstar instructions provide all the necessary methods for keeping things square and true.  The wing table I built would actually have been a hindrance but it was a nice work bench for other things including the installation of Micro Vortex Generators on the wings during the time of flight testing.

 

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