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Old Jan 03, 2010, 03:42 AM
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It flys, and everybody a happy new year.

As promised, a flight report.

First two comments:
1) We forgot the photocamera (Dennis has a little on video. Maybe he will post it. No flying btw)
2) We are not ready with testing. We have been flying this tiny monster only two times.

So, at 01-01-2010 Dennis called me cause he couldn't wait any longer.
We decide to go out flying. The conditions were windy (3-4 beaufort) and the temperature about 0C. So freezing with a slippery ground. Both days the same type of weather.

The wing was mounted on a very basic wooden fuselage. The tail is from 2mm balsa sheet.(A Mimi fuse and tailgroup) Flying weight at the first day, 140 gram, second day about 135 gram.) Day 1 we flew with a all moving tail, day two a regular elevator, hinged.

We were curious about three things:

1) The strenght/stiffnes of the wing during trowing.
2) The servos used for the flaperons, BMS-303
3) Will it launch, fly and brake.....

*1) We were gratified with the strenght of the wing. Really. Only one remark. It is not possible to glue a trowing peg with 5 min. epoxy. The epoxy will certainly embrittle due to the loads caused by trowing. The peg is now glued with laminating epoxy, cellulose and tixotrop. stuff. (This joint has to be tested.)

*2) We think those servo's have a drifting problem caused by the low temperature that day. Therefore the flapsettings did not act relaible. Not good for flying because this wing is critical for flapsettings. Dennis changed the servo's in the wing to the proved D47 servo's. Those servo's also showed a bit drift cause of the freezing temperatures. But they are more accurate than the BMS-303 servo'.

*3) (experiences of two days)
- It launches high, but this note is subjective. No datalogger is used.
- It is fast and I realize whe should put more effort in lower additional drags. (which is genuine always important) I now can imagine that a flying weight of about 115 gram will work.
- To "find" the floatsetting during flying is a bit difficult. The plane doesn't like to fly slow.
- To use the maximum perfomance, you should be very active with the flaps.
- I'm not sure about the dihedral. This testwing has a dihedral of 6 degrees. (like the Supergee). I think we need more dihedral. It takes practice to keep this wing in a smooth circle. Rudder is a very valuable limb. Removing this will be like amputating, in my very humble and limitid experience. [edit-2] I also feel the need to adjust elevator flap coupling. But I need a plane for my own to figure out. (this wing is from Dennis)
- Braking is FUN. It comes down like a parachute! Can't wait to catch a thermal only to come down from the sky with full brakes. Dennis made the servolinkages that way that 90 brakes is possible..... We use only about 60-70. We forgot to test with more.

During the second flying afternoon we both were able to fly a little lift!

This wing has potential. But we would also like to test it in less windy conditions. [edit-1] I would also like to compare it with an AG-wing.

So, long story. Sorry for the miserable englisch.
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