124 – The Concordia Sailplane
This episode is a conversation with Dick Butler, pilot and head of design and construction for Concordia, currently the world’s most advanced sailplane. In the episode we discuss the team behind Concordia, the design challenges, the unique aspects of construction as well as Dick’s preliminary experience flying the airplane.
- Dick Butler’s posts at soaringcafe.com
- History of Concordia
- Open Class (WP)
- ETA (WP)
- The “Eta Biter”: Dick Butler’s ASW-22DB
- EB-29 (WP)
- Schleicher ASW 22 (WP)
- Schempp-Hirth Nimbus-4 (WP)
- Quintus (WP)
- Antares 23
- World Gliding Championships 2012
- Gerhard Waibel (WP)
- Klaus Holighaus (WP)
- Alexander Schleicher
- Glasflügel 604 (WP)
- Loek Boermans
- Johannes Dillinger
- Glasfaser-Flugzeug-Service Streifeneder
- Spar (WP)
- M&H Soaring
- Wing loading (WP)
- Reynolds number (WP)
- idaflieg (WP)
- Fundamentals of Sailplane Design (Book)
- Silent 2 – AliSport
- Carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer (WP)
- Computational fluid dynamics (WP)
- Diana (WP)
- Boundary layer suction (WP)
- Carbon nanotube (WP)
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Great episode again.
But what’s wrong with the design of the Diana? I like it.
Slick, simple and obvious.
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What a truly wonderful interview. It is extremely rare to get so much detailed information from a designer. Marcus asked smart and thoughtful questions and Mr. Butler garve detailed and informative answers-very well done!
well, as usual with taste, there’s different opinions. I don’t like it :-)
thank you :-)
Great interview. It was nice to learn a bit about this incredible project. Thanks.
Thank you for this great interview, I guess I am one of the gliding aficionados you were expecting ;-)
Greetings from New Zealand
Excellent interview!!! Extremely interesting. Dick is a class act. The Concordia is an awesome sailplane.
Do you live in New Zealand, or are you there for gliding :-) ?
A rare treat to get sch in depth information from an extremely talented engineer. Thanks for the download, and keep up the good work!
It would be great to do a follow-up interview and focus more on the technical aspects of the design. This was a good overview but left us engineering geeks wanting more.
What kind of “more” details do you suggest?
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Would it be possible to get access via a link to Mr. Dillenger’s thesis at Delft University?
I don’t have that thesis or a link. But I suggest you just ask Mr. Dillinger himself: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/johannes-dillinger/6/454/759