January Future Gathering

This presentation had to be postponed so look here for updates on when it will be rescheduled for.

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DaSH is the first human powered airplane project to fly in the U.S. since the late 1990s. The project was started in late 2010, and the airplane had its first flight on December 5th, 2015 at Half Moon Bay airport. There have since been 66 test flights over 16 test flight days, by 9 different pilots. During test flights, several different types of wingtip extensions and other improvements were tried.

In 2018, construction of a second copy of DaSH started at University of Bordeaux, evering Institute. Construction was almost complete in February 2020 when the Covid pandemic started. Things have been on hold since then, but now work is continuing on DaSH #2 (coined "Le Dash"), and the original DaSH airplane here in California is going to resume test flights in January, in preparation for attempts at the world record distance record for human powered airplanes (currently 115.11 km).

Alec Proudfoot, the Chief Designer of the DaSH airplane, will talk about the design, construction and testing of the airplane, and about the plans for the world record flight attempts on the Oregon and Washington coasts in May of next year.

Chapter 119 in Oshkosh

AirVenture 2021

Our Chapter Chair

At our June Gathering we worked together to build a chair. It was a lot of work but we did it! Next we need to seal it up, put our mark on it, and send it to Oshkosh for AirVenture 2021. Thanks to all the members who had a hand in building this.

Jacob & Leo Sanding

Steve & Zach putting the pieces together

Building using experimental methods

Chris using the Chapter's Ban Saw

Watsonville Airport Webcam