The Split Stik is my latest design and it is featured in the current issue (Winter 2010) of Park Pilot Magazine. For those of you looking for an electronic copy of the plan, here it is for you to download.
I had a lot of fun with this design. It started as a quick sketch and me and my oldest son, Paul, tinkering in the workshop. We had it built and flying in no time. Now, that does not mean we did not have some designs flaws.
One of those early flaws came out at the field flying while we were doing some loops. All of a sudden we noticed something that made both of us do a double take – the wings were inverted with a downward dihedral. At first I thought he was flying inverted and was amazed how did he do it. Then I noticed that something was truly not right. It looked sort of like when the wind blows an umbrella the wrong way. It turned out the tape we used on the carbon fiber spar had come off and there was nothing holding the carbon spar to the wing. It was the weirdest sight, but the plane still flew and we landed it right away. We fixed it and some other minor glitches along the way, but all in all it is true to that original sketch.
For all of you who are building the Split Stik, I would love to see some pictures of your build. If you need any help, or have any questions, please let me know. I will do what I can to help out.