Presentation to the MacDonald College


So much about the BKB and Kasper.


After the tragic end of it, my interests drifted towards boats. My personal fortunes begun to have ups and downs paralleling those of Canadair and rest of the industry at the time. My son earned a degree in engineering and became a willing and an excellent partner.


Three years ago, while at Hawkesbury, we met Dave Webb and Gunther Geyer-Doersch (Canadian D-G representative and expert composite fabricator/sailplane repairman) again while visiting the club. A little reminiscing brought the BKB from the past. Are there any chances of bettering standard 15 m. class with something like it? We promised to look for an answer, Dave promised to look for a likely sponsor.


Both parties are now in the 3rd year of that search. The standard class includes top notch sailplanes representing the latest in aerodynamics and technology of materials. They are the result of years of progressive evolution and they are expensive. Any real advance achieved by radical departures from convention would be very risky and also expensive.


We started to contemplate different approaches. Variable geometry, chase of extensive laminarity were discarded, although these complexities do not clash with the flying wing concept.


Since any large improvements are not expected, the calculations must be carried out in detail and to conclusion to define any meaningful gains. The use of computers involves writing specific programs and debugging - also a lengthy business.


Obviously concepts of a tailless sailplane dominated our thinking. We also believed that gains in performance and cost reduction could be realized by elimination and reorganization of components.