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Carbon Dragon - Phil Lardner's Website

The national source for information regarding the design, building and flying of advanced and homebuilt sailplanes.

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This website is no longer being maintained ... but immediately below are a few current events and ads.

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36th Annual Experimental Soaring
Association Western Workshop 2016 Friday afternoon Sept 2 to
Monday September 5, 2016
(Labor Day Weekend)
Mountain Valley Airport (L94), Tehachapi, California

ed. – It is time to mark your calendars for the Western Workshop and make your motel or camp ground reservations for this great event. Al Bowers is still lining up the speakers so if you have something you would like to present or know of someone who has a great topic of interest to the group, please let him know ASAP. He can be reached at:

Classified Ads – Sailplanes/Trailers/Other
Schemmp/Hirth Austria SHK-1 serial #7, the fuselage serial number is #130, purchased new from the factory in 1967. The last and best of the German plywood ships. Glide ratio of 38 at 54 mph. I have the logs and manual. The sailplane is in good condition, but needs refinishing. The price is $6,000 including the trailer. See website for pictures: Email: Anchorage AK, 99502. Telephone Number: (907)-243-7245.

Sailplane Trailers: plans for 13, 15, 18 & 20 meter. Plan sets incld bills of material, source of material, scale DWGs, construction & DWGs.
<>. 901-767-0495.

For sale: Unused Carbon Dragon Plans, #295 Hung flat. Best Offer., Package includes articles by Clint Brooks and Jonathan Pitts. Guenther Schmidt, PO Box 603, Langley, WA 98260

For Sale: American Spirit kit that is approx 85% complete. Dick Sebern can be contacted at 760 249 5192 or for details. NEW

For Sale: American Spirit kit:  Project details at ... for information, contact Fred Hewitt 651-454-2115

For Sale: Woodstock N233AP, Built by Alan Pickup and featured in past issues of Sailplane Builder. Excellent condition, in insolated enclosed trailer, $5000 OBO. Chute and radio also available. Pictures on request. 607 785-7447 Endicott, NY

Wanted: Complete set of Woodstock construction plans. Theodore Hansen, <>.

For Sale: Modified Pioneer used in videos/flight testing. Comes with trailer & set up stands. US registered. $10,000. For Sale: Monarch F with trailer $8000.

For Sale: Incomplete Monarch G for $7500. About 75% done and have all the parts. Mat,
Simine Short’s book Locomotive to Aeromotive: Octave Chanute and the Transportation Revolution. is available from Amazon at:

Wanted: Robinson or Pfeiffer Pellet Vario or Memphis Rate of Climb vario. Jim Short, Indiana, 708-624-3576 or <>.

Drafting, Digitizing, 3D modeling, experience in CATIA, CADAM, own AUTOCAD R13, 3D Studio Max and Pro E. 30+years aircraft design engineer experience.
Contact Robert Topolse, 909-980-6070. <>.

"Low Power Laminar Aircraft Design" (aerodynamics), "Low Power Laminar Aircraft Technology", "Low Power Laminar Aircraft Structures". $27 ea plus postage and handling $2, Priority $4. Overseas $4 (Airmail $10). Cirila Strojnik, 2337 E. Manhatton, Tempe, AZ 85282.

Books by Bruce Carmichael: 34795 Camino Capistrano, Capistrano Beach CA 92624. 949-496-5191

Personal Aircraft Drag Reduction:
$30 pp: Low drag R&D history, laminar aircraft design, 300 mph on 100 hp.

Ultralight & Light Self Launching Sailplanes: $20 pp: 23 ultralights, 16 lights, 18 sustainer engines, 56 self launch engines, history, safety, prop drag reduction, performance.

Collected Sailplane Articles & Soaring Mishaps: $30 pp: 72 articles incl. 6 misadventures, future predictions, ULSP, dynamic soaring, 20 years SHA workshop.
Collected Aircraft Performance Improvements: $30 pp: 14 articles, 7 lectures, Oshkosh Appraisal, AR-5 and VMAX Probe Drag Analysis, fuselage drag & propeller location studies.

Sailplane Design, by Vittorio Pajno. Price 64.50 Euro, including packaging and shipping. Orders to: Macchione - Via S.d'Acquisto 21100 Varese – Italy, or via
the Internet through the site using a credit card. Many color photos of sailplane construction details, graphs and figures on design of a sailplane.

Notice to Carbon Dragon Builders:

Permission to use this photo from the Maupin family
A new professional quality website:
Two Important Links"

Forum for Builders of Jim Maupin Designs

(Woodstock, Windrose, Carbon Dragon and Stealth Primary)

In Sailplane Builder, Phil Lardner announced a new forum for the Carbon Dragon builders.  This replaces the website, which has been static for some time.  Even though the website has been static, it enjoys over 100 visits each week ... proving the ongoing interest in this decades old design.  There are few designs available for those who wish to exploit Microlift (Wikipedia LINK).  Anything important was moved to Phil's website; plus, there is loads of new, current information on Phil's website.

Amazingly, Phil was able to resurrect the Yahoo Group, Carbondragonbuildersandpilots which was deleted without warning.  Phil had saved a majority of the posts which are now available through a forum he had created.

This example demonstrates that if there is information on the web that you need ... download it to your hard drive.  With the extremely low cost for massive capacity disk drives, you can save everything (2 terabyte drives are available for about $100).

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Articles Wanted:
Your experimental sailplane, vintage ship or in-between sailplane can appear in Sailplane Builder. 
Just write an article and supply some great photos. 

Anybody have a self-launch winch?  A contest in
Kansas run by Gary Osoba featured a winch based
on a remote controlled motorcycle.  It is said that Cushman scooters are great for light sailplanes.


Perfect glider for these extremely hot days.
B. U. G. or Basic Ultralight Glider
 Mike Sandlin of San Diego. California continues to provide economical access to soaring:

       Please don't pay for plans from Australia or wherever
                                    ... go straight to the source ... it's free [ESA webmaster]

My airchair designs are intended to provide open air soaring, forgiving flight characteristics, convenient transport, simple "garage technology" construction, and a high level of crash safety. ... Mike
Free plans ... on-line: 

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