Some Words from the Designer, Joseph Szczur
A few years ago, Bryan and I had a talk both concluding that we wanted to do a project together when the time was right. About 2 1/2 years ago I sent him a simple 2 view sketch with a baseline CAD model and instantly we both knew that airplane is going to be the one. With the assistance of Alex Safarik, I had many conversations with him about the effects of certain aerodynamics pieces where Alex was able to perfectly translate those ideas onto the design. After getting some feedback from Bryan, the final changes were made and the design was ready to be made.
The Apollo is a brand new design from the ground up that is meant to win. Over the span of a few months, I wanted to ensure that the balance was perfect while having every possible advantage, whether it is being flown for preliminaries at a local contest or unknowns in the finals at a world championship. Every part of this airplane has a purpose and is one of the most thought out designs available in the current market. With performance being the primary inspiration of this design for me, it was equally important to make the airplane beautiful as mixing these two is very hard to do right.
Here are a few points addressed while completing this design .
- Goal - Create a timeless, balanced monoplane design that suits many flyingstyles, setups, wind conditions, and sequences better than any existing plane on the market. It is very important that the pilot becomes one with his airplane to succeed in competition, and the Apollo is the plane that will take one to that next level.
- Scheme - The Apollo itself is a canvas of unlimited possibilities where one's personal touch will always look beautiful. The stock scheme lays out a great baseline of high visibility in the air (regardless of the color selection) while not being too busy on the eyes.
- Design Elements - We wanted to be able to incorporate every useful aerodynamic element into the airplane to take advantage of a fully composite structure. As seen in the photos, small elements have been added to both help clean up dirty air on certain parts of the plane and help maximize knife edge capabilities, which helps significantly across all aspects of flight.
With all of these elements, experience, and the drive to win, CK Aero and I have the passion for perfection and are using this opportunity to let you experience it with us.
|Designed For||The Serious Competitor|
|Size Class||2 Meters|
|Powerplant||All Electric Power Units|
|Finish||Seamless, Whole Airplane Hand Painted|
Bryan will verify alignment and fit from the factory and then apply his current, personal settings to the airplane so that you have the most up to date and perfect setup available. So what’s the big deal? Why would you pay someone else to look at your airplane? Why isn’t the airplane already perfectly setup from the factory?
Despite the tremendous efforts of the factory it is just prohibitively difficult and unrealistic to teach factory workers, with little to no knowledge of modeling, to consistently and accurately set incidences and verify trueness to one tenth of a degree. Despite this we are trying our hardest and the airplanes get better and better as time goes on. This is not unique to our factory — we have found gross errors in models at all price points. We are up front about that reality. While we assure you the airplane will fly great out of the box, the Designer’s Touch ensures you get the absolute best alignment from Bryan himself. In addition, Bryan is constantly testing on his designs to find the perfect setup. If he has found another 2% from the airplane by moving the incidence two tenths of a degree, you will get the benefit of that knowledge first.
Bryan will make sure the fit of all the critical components meets the highest of standards — any small issue (which could become a big issue with time) with the fit of a wing tube, wing pin, stab tube, etc. is taken care of for you.
A personal inspection of the airplane by Bryan will eliminate any of those nasty surprises we’ve all had occasionally. An area with not quite enough glue, a chip in the paint, a small crack in the chin cowl…. all are things sometimes unavoidable. With the Designer’s Touch you have peace of mind that you won’t have to deal with such an inconvenience.
At the end of the day the Designer’s Touch is all about having that peace of mind. Your airplane will be straight; your airplane will be true; your airplane will be precisely and accurately set up; your airplane will just be right.
The Designer's Touch is offered for $300
We're now offering build services straight from Bryan's shop! We will install all of your equipment and deliver a ready to fly pattern ship built by one of the best in the world. We'll address your specific needs! Special requests are welcomed and priced on a case-by-base basis.
General overview of pricing:
$200 Motor installation (Glow or Electric)
$200 Servo installation, including control horns glued into control surfaces
$1000 Complete build, ready to fly (soldering of batteries and ESC is not included)
$1500 Complete build, airplane flown and trimmed to Bryan's satisfaction; includes a day of coaching if you can meet Bryan in Baton Rouge for pickup
The CKAero Alchemy was voted favorite "modern era" pattern plane by 7,000+ members of RCPPoAE Facebook group!
Swap colors on the standard scheme at no additional cost. Change the base color, move the colors around, or use your own colors and our painters will find the perfect match.
Dream up the color scheme you always wanted but could never do yourself for a flat $500 fee. Metallics, fades, flag effects... you name it, we make it possible.
Save money on our builder's kit and use your modeling skills to create your own masterpiece. We can accommodate all levels of completion to fit every budget.
Have your airplane with our wood, built-up wings and stabs for superior lightness. Available all the way from a complete laser cut kit to finished, almost-ready-to-fly (ARF) panels.
Shipping and Delivery
Our typical delivery time is 6 months from the time the airplane is ordered. This can sometimes be longer during certain times of the year or for factors outside of our control. The coronavirus pandemic has caused some challenges with our factory but we are still producing and delivering airplanes at a largely normal rate.
If you wish to get the airplane shipped direct to you the quoted price (and the price at the top of this page) INCLUDES shipping to your door. If you request the designer's touch, or any other build services, we have to ship the airplane from our shop to you. Many customers choose to pick their airplanes up locally in Baton Rouge or to meet Bryan somewhere on the contest circuit, which we are happy to do at no cost. If the airplane must be shipped options are typically Greyhound (~$150) or UPS/FEDEX ($300-$400). Shipping prices have recently increased significantly due to the coronavirus pandemic.
We've worked extensively with our factory to reduce any shipping incidents but they are an unfortunate reality at times. We guarantee your satisfaction! If there is an issue with your airplane we will do everything in our power to remedy that. If you decide to reject the airplane because of shipping damage we will work with you on a personal basis to ensure a win-win outcome. These issues are handled on a case-by-case basis due to the unique nature of each incident.
Almost every time we put another order in with the factory we include a few airframes for stock. Due to high demand those airplanes are usually spoken for by the time they make it to the United States. If you would like to put your name on our waitlist we will be happy to contact you when an airplane becomes available from stock, or if an airplane becomes available due to a complication with another customer.
We can work with you on custom color schemes, color swaps, painted logos, painted names and numbers, and anything else you can dream of. Just ask!
Payment must be made in full to secure your order and start production. We must have this policy because of the custom nature of each order. That said, we do occasionally work with customers on a case-by-case basis. We will do our best to work with your needs.