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EAAer Creates Pedal RV, Offers Plans for Sale
Folkerts, president of EAA Chapter 1387, will donate $5 to the chapter’s Young Eagles program efforts for each set of plans sold.
Folkerts’ “secret” project was prompted by a post on the Van’s Air Force forum in early 2014 suggesting that someone design a child’s pedal airplane made out of aluminum that looked like an RV.
His friend, Charlie Eubanks, provided the expertise and advice as the two devised a design and construction plan and began cutting aluminum. Over the summer Folkerts fashioned the pieces, clecoed everything up, and Eubanks disassembled and precisely measured before final riveting. In the fall they created an extensive 21-page manual featuring lots of photos along with 2 by 3 foot dimension CAD drawings.
“Maybe in a couple of years we can have a judging contest at Oshkosh for outstanding workmanship!” Folkerts said. He also suggested chapters could build one and auction it off as a fundraiser.
Folkerts flew in the Air Force and has also built a Pietenpol. He’s about two years away from completing a Murphy Super Rebel.