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Old Jul 18, 2001, 11:15 AM
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I've got a sport 400 with oversized ailerons. Big mistake for my flying abilities. After one of my numerous crashes, I lost the ball joint to one of the torque rods. So I taped up the wounded aileron, and flew it on only one aileron. Roll rate was slower, but better for my taste, which made the plane easier to fly.

The trick with a single aileron is that it needs to be large enough, with enough throw to work properly. There are in fact some pylon racers which are designed with only one aileron, mainly to reduce drag. It's on the left side, which most likely makes it's more efficient to 'go fast & turn left'. Creates more drag only on the left side, so which helps it turn faster in that direction. The downside is that rolls aren't very axial anymore.

I also bought a pair of 24" cheap gliders. I was thinking of using just the wings for a bipe. Anyone else tried a cheap foamie bipe yet?
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