Newsletter Issue 10 – February 2015

Blackburn Flyers Newsletter

Issue 10 –  February 2015

Since the initial delay with the  launch of the project, the Blackburn Flyers have put a lot of effort to catch up with the delivery plan and now we are back on target to reach the September 2015 Flight Trials.


Considerable progress made with the CATIA 3D model of the seaplane getting down to detail on fuselage structure, wing ribs and control surface joints.

Some equipment including the engine is already purchased.


The Website ‘’ has been registered and is being designed which will be up and running by end of this month.

 Building 42

The use of Building 42 was offered by CITIVALE as their contribution to the Project.


The team is now considering a more ambitious 1/3 scale model with the wingspan of 7.2m and are going back to the drawing board to overcome the weight and transport problems.

 Structural Health Monitoring

  • The techniques for bonding strain-gauges onto a porous substrate, using an epoxy-based filler to provide a suitable keying surface.
  • The calibration and analysis methods performed using a dummy structure – possibly Pat Callaway’s model shown below. This can be repeated with / without skin etc.
  • Development of a system that can measure and record the strain measurements both during the laboratory calibration of the aircraft and in-flight. Ideally this should Integrate into the telemetry system being developed by Mission Systems and be passed down the data link.


Short recap on Technology Demonstration

  • Video Telemetry
    • Aircraft
      • Camera Mounting, TX / Battery Fit, TX Antenna Mounting
    • Ground
      • Antenna/RX/Battery/Monitor Assembly, Recording, Distribution to Large TV.
    • Stereo HD Recording (Pi Cam – Pi – USB Stick)
      • Aircraft
        • Camera/PI Mounting, Battery/UBEC Fit, Synchronisation
      • Ground
        • Archiving, Re-constitute synchronisation Conversion to Replay Standard, Synchronisation.