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Archive for February, 2008
Posted by scrtsqrl | Feb 22, 2008 @ 01:20 PM | 60,164 Views
I finally upgraded my trusty Easystar.


I plan to fly my Easystar around the fjords. The intent of the mod is to have an endurance of around 2 hours, while keeping all the nice flying qualities. To prove the system, I flew an "over water" recce of a light house 2.5 km off the coast.

BWEZ* To the Lighthouse (7 min 51 sec)

Development Thread.

Some videos.


I modified Easyglider wings from BP Hobbies to fit in the EasyStar. I decided to do that rather than just buy an Easyglider because of:
- The location of the prop (not in the way of the camera).
- I wanted it to fit in the carry box. I cannot understate how important it is to the entire "system". With it, I'm able to take the plane anywhere by plane, trane, automobile, bike, foot...It's been all over Asia, North America and Europe.

The big wings give the Easystar a theoretical max weight on take off of about 40 ozs. She currently weighs in at 34 ozs. With the big wings, she flies much more slowly, climbs more agressively, and is more stable. They are interchangable w/ the stock wings which I still use occasionally.

I use ailerons.

I enlarged the rudder to handle the bigger wings.

It has stability augmentation in pitch and roll via 2 EKK 704 rate gyros. They give the plane a "smoother ride", even in high gusty winds.

I flew for a while w/ 3 channels, which was good enough with wind less than 8 knots. I activated the ailerons and now am able to...Continue Reading