Latest News as of 19th
of May 2015:
"The Australian Vintage Aviation Society" in short TAVAS did
extraordinary work on completing and finishing up my Fokker E.III. The aeroplane in the
meantime has made its maiden flight and entered the registration process
In opposite to the wide spread opinion that the flying charackteristics of the
aeroplane have been pretty poor, the initial test flights prooved this to be wrong. Andrew
Carter, who did the test flying was quite impressed by the aeroplane.It apears to be quite
stable while still sensitive to the controls. Wing warping gave it good manouverability
which was true for all axis. The gyroscopic effect of the rotary engine was neglectible.
The only shortage was the low effectiveness of the rudder he wrote. This draws a different
picture from what I have expected to hear, judging from the reports of captured aeroplanes
- well the enemy might never have been allowed to have good weapons - and what has been
told about other reproductions of heavier construction with none authentic airfoil
sections, stationary engines, ailerons and overweight.
I am indeed proud of my reproduction and I am happy to see it in public in Australian
skies until 2030 under Andrew Carter and TAVAS. In 2030 the aeroplane will be returned
home to Germany with its engine and under Australian registration fully airworthy so that
it - if the gods grant it - will be shown and flown before the German public. So at least
are the baselines of the agreement.
More details can be found on their website at http://www.tavas.com.au
I certainly will also report about the progress here.
My Fokker E.III during preparations prior to take off and in flight. All
photographs are by TAVAS. Their magnificent work is worth being supported, so check out
The building of our two new triplanes is in steady progress, too. Those
interested in it can follow the progress in closer detail via my facebook page. You may
just look me up under my name there.
One of the aeroplanes I built for a custumer in flight.
"Fokker D.VIII - In Detail"
Volume 1 - The structure
278 Fotos auf 120 Seiten.
Volume 2 - history, colour schemes, reproduction, certification...
80 Photographs, history text, colour plates, use... ... 60 pages.
Both books appear as downloadable files. The quality is much improoved
over previous releases in the same series.