Skybike's Telescoping Wings

This AirVenture's key new aircraft designs all seem to have one component in common: some kind of rotating, swinging or folding wing design. Roadable aircraft vehicles are also all the rage.

Sam Bousfield, president of Samson Motoworks, has been working on a three-wheeled roadable aircraft he calls the Skybike that solves the issue of what to do with the wings on the ground in a novel way: The Skybike's wings telescope in and out.

"It's been two years from my original concept of a lightweight, motorcycle-based machine that would be stable on the ground even in high wind conditions," says Bousfield. "Our patent-pending design has a telescoping titanium wingspar and a ducted fan engine with a British Quaife Engineering transmission drive that splits the engine output to the two back wheels or, by way of a harmonic decoupler, to the ducted fan propeller."

Bousfield says that Swift Engineering is currently working on a radio-controlled model for wind-tunnel and proof-of-concept testing, and he hopes to have a flying prototype available for the the AirVenture show next year. The Skybike exhibit booth is located in Hangar E.

For more information, visit Swift Engineering.

Contributing Editor Amy Laboda is a freelance writer and editor of Aviation for Women magazine. She's an ATP-rated pilot and instrument and multi-engine Flight Instructor with a passion for teaching and flying in light aircraft. Her steady rides these days are a 18-year old Kitfox IV and a fresh Van's RV-10.

5 Replies to “Skybike's Telescoping Wings”

  1. Lack of vertical control surface reveals a lack of professional aeronautical engineering in this design.

  2. Actually, Mr Anonymous, if you had a spell checker, you may be able to communicate your dream to us.

    The wing tips have the vertical control surfaces. With some of today's technology, we are seeing more and more designs sporting less and less rudder.

  3. Actually, the vertical surfaces are not shown due to patent registration issues. There will be a conventional "folding" tail with normal yaw control.
    Roll is accomplished by a novel idea presented by Swift called "Tiperons" where dual canted surfaces are extended from the wing tips to achieve roll.

    Reaction to the design has been overwhelming, Swift engineers were by the booth during the week and seemed very upbeat and positive about the design's chances of making it to actual kit production.

    Wayne Sagar
    Samson Motorworks
    Media Liason

  4. The rest of the team and myself would like to invite you to our newly completed web site samsonmotorworks.com

    Many questions will be answered there and you can follow the development process as well

    Wayne Sagar
    Samson Motorworks
    Media Liason

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