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Carat Fly In, USA Carat Group

2008 annual Carat Fans & Harris ranch flying and meeting. The new dates for the Carat / Harris Ranch Fly In, will be Saturday May 17th.

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Gliders surfaces renewal with new painting at AMS

In the summer time we hold discounted prices for the gliders surfaces renewal with the new painting and surfaces finish.

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Carat A on the 2008 SSA Annual Convention, USA

AMS and Carat agent Mr. Oliver Dyer-Bennet will be showing the Carat in Albuquerque Convention Center, Albuquerque.

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Carat & the 750 K

Quick Info

750 km flight
Date: June 12, 2007
Start 1:36 pm
Finish: 7:47 pm
Course: Multi turnpoint
Speed: 75.38 mph / 121.3 km/h
Pilot: Oliver Dyer-Bennet

Report by Oliver Dyer-Bennet, USA

After licensing the latest Carat, CA027, at Minden, it was up in the thin, high dessert Nevada air, to check out the systems. After a couple of local test hops and a little contest tweaking of the Carat, its varios and the GPS computer, things were looking good.

A run to the White mountains, Silver Springs and back to Minden was warranted. On the return run north we had company, SUN, a DG-400M/17. We team flew a stretch of some 80 miles together and had a ball in the good lift conditions. This flight was just over 500 km and we knew the Carat was ready to stretch its wings.

Tuesday was to be the start of the 750 km attempt in the Carat. We let a few markers, Joe, Mitch, Bob, Tupper, etc., start about an hour ahead of George and Ollie.

After a Minden remote start a course change was made, one of many that day. A run down the Sierra Nevada mountains, rather than the traditional Mt. Patterson direction. This ended up saving about an hour in time. With the boys ahead giving us good information over the radio the course line became the Sierras, Lee Vinning, Glass Mtn. on to the White mountains at White Mtn., with a turn south to Bishop and Lone Pine remote. At Lone Pine a turn was made north with a run up the Whites, to Boundary Peak remote with a cruise speed of 125 mph / 201 km/h TAS.

Headed towards the north end of the White mountains, at 17,800 ft. / 5.420 m a decision had to be made. Jump off the end of the Whites and continue north, or turn again south, and do one more lap race on the Whites as the sun was moving lower to the west...........

...........Approaching the north end at Boundary Peak, and looking at a shear drop off of 10,000 ft. / 3.050 m to the valley floor, it was time for the decision. Either head towards home or once again turn away from home and head south......

The decision was made, left rudder and aileron, a quick 180 degree turn to the left, and we were again headed south, committed to one more lap on the Whites. The day was drawing down, but the Whites were still working well. Running between 15,000 to 17,800 ft., and cruising between 110 / 130 mph TAS, 180 / 210 km/h TAS, Bishop remote was quickly achieved and now it was a mad dash back up the Whites to the north end. Jumping off the Whites a little north of Boundary Peak, a course line was laid for Minden. Up ahead were small storm cells and a gently dying day. Cruising between 60 to 70 knots, IAS, 110 to 130 km/h IAS and dolphin flying as much as possible, we gently floated the Carat east of Potato Peak and used the west side of the Sweetwater range to good advantage.

Finally...., Minden was achieved. 750 kilometers / 466 s. miles at an average speed of 75.38 mph / 121,3 km/h.

The Carat had indeed stretched its wings and performed admirably, with its longest flight yet.

Oliver Dyer-Bennet

 

AMS Sets The Standard In Glider Finishes

The Apis gets its color through new technology

Some time ago AMS started experimenting with ways to use Polyurethane paint for the entire exterior surface of the Apis glider. The path taken was not to paint the glider after it was removed from the mold but rather to apply the paint in the mold in the same way that polyester gel coat has traditionally been used.The goal was to raise the standard of quality, saving both time and money. Quality and savings that would be passed on to our customers.

Our first tests were not successful, because parts stuck to the mold, even damaging the molds when they were finally removed. Many tests were necessary, but like true pioneers we were determined to continue until we found a solution. We are proud to announce that our efforts have been very successful, our goals have been met.

We had to solve five difficult but important technical and quality issues.

  • Release agents used in the molds must not be damaged by the thinners and hardeners in the paint mix.
  • The resin system must adhere to the paint without any problem for the short and long term. It must be a lifetime finish.
  • The paint must withstand normal wet and dry sanding and polishing.
  • The new paint technology must not change color over time and must blend in with the surrounding areas when the surface is painted after a repair. This has always been a problem with polyester gel coats.

During testing the quality of the production tooling was improved to reduce the areas that will be spray painted after the parts are removed from the molds. This helps to keep extra weight off the glider and speeds production.

After de-molding, the bonding seam is painted and the entire airframe is wet sanded and polished to a high gloss. The final result is a high quality, robust finish that lends itself well to touch up after repairs, does not yellow and surpasses the traditional gel coat finish. The exterior looks as good as the interior.

Our actual projects, the Magnus, Mingus and Maxus will also share this advanced paint technology. The interior of our gliders has always been of the highest standard and now AMS is leading a revolution in quality, durability and customer satisfaction for exterior surfaces.

Added: New information sheet for the Apis motorglider family, the latest news and Apis development information are inside.

   

Special offer

i-panel special
Instrument panel DG-300, DG-303, DG-600, DG-800

The instrument panel is suitable for installation in several models of DG series gliders DG: DG-300, DG-600 and DG-800S (till the serial number 8-88).

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