I think I need more time than I have. But I'm pretty sure everyone who has been involved in Aero has had that issue. The hunting season is almost over so I will have more time than I did over the winter.
The HAB is currently on hold. The primary issue is Harold has been too busy, and since I don't know enough about the electronics to do it myself (... yet) and I was also hurting for time, I stopped cycling the HAB thread and holding meetings regularly. For those not in the loop, there has been some chatter about restarting it on Aero's Google Hangout. I completely forgot the meeting a week or two ago (oops, sorry) so wasn't there to coordinate. We need to re-coordinate again. I really would like to see it go.
There's a number of other group projects which have been discussed
- I liked the idea of having Aero lead the autoclave initiative.
- I don't mind working on a liquid rocket motor
- Multi-person aircraft build.
However, I say we should take the conversation a different direction. The current big issue is lack of participation. I know a lot of that has to do with people not having time. Still, if there were some sort of big draw, that would give people a much bigger reason to show up, which would help quite a bit. It might be instructive for us to think of ourselves as being in competition with RC flying fields and race tracks and such, and analyze it from that perspective.
So ... what does a proper RC workshop have? For aircraft? For cars? For other types of vehicles? We have a lot of interesting things at DMS, but at the end of the day if I'm not making a foam airplane with my own engine and such then what does DMS Aero do for me? Are there airplane design classes? I know Harold did some build classes, but that only goes so far. In order for people to participate, there needs to be something more than "oh we have Phoenix on a computer yo." Drive participation with something truly useful, then group projects will be more achievable.