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Old Jan 06, 2013, 03:57 AM
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Invertmast, she is shaping up nicely. Remember your going to need a few degrees positive/nose up ground stance for takeoff, otherwise it will want to stay "stuck" to the ground. I have approx. 4 degrees on mine. I wouldn't go more than 5 - 6 degrees positive, unless your going to have a nose strut that is adjustable in flight - to decrease incidence prior to landing, otherwise she may want to bounce like a kangaroo on landing.

Regrading CG - It is a process of checking and double checking on this model. I used to put a few hours into this. It can be tough to get this model to stay level on the balancer. It will still want to tilt or rock slowly fore or aft. Work on getting it to stay still and level on the balancer - but bear in mind Gary Hethcoat had told me: "you know your CG is right on when it tilts either direction equally, just by breathing on it practically".

As you can see, things with a 229 are "different" from most other models. That is true of takeoffs and landings as well.

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