On August 30, 1992, at 8:15 a.m., on a warm Sunday morning, Mike Arnold flew the AR-5 through the three kilometer traps north of Davis, CA at 213.18 mph, setting a new world speed record in FAI Class C1aO (under 661 pounds gross). What a thrill! Over the years, he's put together this DVD set for his fellow pilots.
This four-part DVD set includes the following:
Making Fiberglass Molds
Chronicles development of a beautiful six piece, molded fiberglass aircraft cargo pod to show each simple design and fabrication technique used to produce a set of low cost, professional quality, production molds. From first sketches, through master patterns, to finished parts. Duration: over one hour.
How It's Made
This DVD details the engine installation and the airframe's novel structural design, and completely demonstrates all the easy, moldless, hot-wired, foam and fiberglass construction processes used on the fuselage, wing and tail surfaces. Inspects crash damage. The AR-5 from inside out. Duration: approximately two hours.
Why It Goes So Fast
Documents the efficient AR-5's record runs and clearly explains the simple drag reduction concepts used to achieve its surprising performance on such low horsepower. With comments by aerodynamicist, Bruce Carmichael. Great discussion on interference drag. Lists references. Duration: over one hour.
Moldless, Low-Drag Wheelpants
This is a close-up study of the design and fabrication of the AR-5's custom fiberglass landing gear fairings. "The cleanest landing gear I've ever seen", says Bruce Carmichael. Each wheelpant weighs only 2.35 pounds. Every step is shown, from initial research, through foam carving, to paint and installation. Duration: over one hour.