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Old Jul 17, 2012, 09:44 PM
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Gary,

I've been one of the guys pushing kevlar use in the boom. It just makes sense. If all you were worried about was stiffness then you'd use HM carbon everywhere and call it a day... but we want them to survive light midairs, the car ride to the flying field, TSA, stairwells from the basement, etc. I just think kevlar makes a lot of sense back there.

If you've ever been involved in a midair where the airplane is almost cut in two because the boom was all carbon and glass, you'd know why I like that kevlar. It keeps the pieces in relative alignment while you land the airframe and repairs are simple. With carbon and glass you're generally looking at a complete rekit. My stuff is pretty tough, but Gerald's has been tougher in my opinion. He's got a bit more of an eye for perfection and less on mass production. I design stuff to be mass produced as quickly as possible, which means more compromise.
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