Taking Flight with Ephi Blanshey of Blanshey Aviation
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to jump off of a mountain and glide uninhibited across the sky, today’s guest is bringing you one step closer to that reality. He believes that the current transportation options available limit our movement by confining us to land. Why drive when we could be flying?My guest today is Ephi Blanshey. He’s the younger half of the father and son duo behind Blanshey Aviation. They’re currently designing an electric propulsion system to improve the experience of lightweight flying for hang gliding machines. In today’s episode, we’ll learn about the origins of these design ideas that originated with Ephi’s father, Vladimir. We’ll also talk about the reasons they’ve moved away from a combustion engine model, and how the newer electric engines benefit the design. Ephi tells us about their CAD design and 3D printing tools, and names some of the helpful forums he’s found for anyone out there interested in using Solid Edge. Are you ready to take to the skies and enter the next generation of mobility? Some Questions I Ask:What’s the origin of Blanshey Aviation? (1:24)When did the trike first appear as a recreational vehicle? (4:02)How was design approached in the early days? (7:47)How did you move into electric aviation? (10:31)What do the next 3-5 years look like for your company? (16:26)What online communities have you found to be the most useful? (20:41)How are you assembling the products you make? (23:42)What You’ll Learn in This Episode:The complex logistics of hang gliding (2:24)The problems associated with using a combustion engine to fly (6:27)How Blanshey uses Solid Edge (13:09)The unique challenges for this type of aviation (18:33)The 3D printer they use and how it’s modified as needed (21:57)How & where testing takes place (25:09)Advice to other entrepreneurs (26:28)Resources:Hacker NewsFacebook GroupsSolid Edge Community ForumSiemens BlogConnect with Ephi Blanshey:Email/ TwitterInstagram See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.