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Old August 28th 17, 09:27 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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Default Fabric covering for 2-33

Would getting K&L involved help?
On Monday, August 28, 2017 at 4:23:35 PM UTC-4, wrote:
On Friday, August 25, 2017 at 2:28:17 PM UTC-7, wrote:
I'm looking to find anyone who has done any work toward getting an approval for using Oratex on a 2-33. With the FAA field approval program gone (not officially but everything must go through engineering now) & a DER being very expensive, I'm trying to find anyone who has used the Oratex fabric process.


Chris,
We did our other 2-33 using the Stewart system. We didn't like several things about it. Would rather use the Stitts Poly Fiber method. I have been talking with the Oratex folks & the fabric is approved by the FAA for the STC uses. Unlike Poly Fiber they did not get a blanket approval to replace any other fabric system with their system. I like that it is overall lighter than other methods (especially on a glider) & that no spraying is necessary. I can do the polyfiber, but I would much rather not set up my paint booth, get out my breathing apparatus & take several days to do the spraying (& still one up with a bug or three in the paint).

I am hoping the Oratex people will work to get it approved for the 2-33. I suspect nearly all sit outdoors & will need cover in the future. It would be to their advantage to get it on their list.


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Old September 10th 17, 07:37 AM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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Default Fabric covering for 2-33

On Monday, August 28, 2017 at 1:27:09 PM UTC-7, wrote:
Would getting K&L involved help?
On Monday, August 28, 2017 at 4:23:35 PM UTC-4, wrote:
On Friday, August 25, 2017 at 2:28:17 PM UTC-7, wrote:
I'm looking to find anyone who has done any work toward getting an approval for using Oratex on a 2-33. With the FAA field approval program gone (not officially but everything must go through engineering now) & a DER being very expensive, I'm trying to find anyone who has used the Oratex fabric process.


Chris,
We did our other 2-33 using the Stewart system. We didn't like several things about it. Would rather use the Stitts Poly Fiber method. I have been talking with the Oratex folks & the fabric is approved by the FAA for the STC uses. Unlike Poly Fiber they did not get a blanket approval to replace any other fabric system with their system. I like that it is overall lighter than other methods (especially on a glider) & that no spraying is necessary. I can do the polyfiber, but I would much rather not set up my paint booth, get out my breathing apparatus & take several days to do the spraying (& still one up with a bug or three in the paint).

I am hoping the Oratex people will work to get it approved for the 2-33.. I suspect nearly all sit outdoors & will need cover in the future. It would be to their advantage to get it on their list.


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Old September 10th 17, 07:43 AM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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Default Fabric covering for 2-33

On Friday, August 25, 2017 at 2:28:17 PM UTC-7, wrote:
I'm looking to find anyone who has done any work toward getting an approval for using Oratex on a 2-33. With the FAA field approval program gone (not officially but everything must go through engineering now) & a DER being very expensive, I'm trying to find anyone who has used the Oratex fabric process.


Gregg,
I contacted Kyle & they did not seem to be interested in Oratex. I was told by Oratex that K&L had purchased some material. I also contacted our local FAA rep to move on this. The FAA said if there is no STC then I'd have to go engineering & DER route. I told the Orarex folks (via emil) that they should provide the engineering & get the 2-33 on their list of approved STC's. I have never heard back from them. S0--Polyfiber is the covering it will get. I have tossed my Oratex brochures.
 




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