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Old Jul 02, 2002, 07:09 PM
slope'n the Colombian Andes
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Slope'n the Vector

Well, this may not be the first time someone flew a fully-functional EDF jet on the slope, but it may be the first time anyone sloped Schübeler's Vector Pro. -- I can recommend it... :o)
At 8 m/s (18 mph) the lift wasn't quite strong enough for sustained power-off flight, but 1/4 throttle sufficed to make it slope with authority. Also, the headwind allowed for my best (the 7th) landing yet.

Dieter
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Old Jul 03, 2002, 10:25 AM
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That is one sexy looking aircraft - looks like I could need one(!) after my El. Bandito is flying.

Care to comment on landing characteristics? How well does it slow down and track on the landing approach?

Thanks for sharing!

Fly Fast! Mark
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Old Jul 03, 2002, 02:25 PM
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"fly fast" Mark,

That is exactly what the Vector does. Tracking on landing is exceptional. In fact, over all, this plane is a bit of an oxymoron: it's incredibly stable, yet just as responsive and maneuverable; and it's eeeaasy to fly, yet faster than greased cheetah snot.

Which part of "slow down" don't it understand? All of 'em. -- I fly it only where there is plenty of room for a wide, low-altitude landing pattern. I estimate my airspeed at touchdown has never been below 30 mph. My hairiest landings have been at the Bend, OR, field, where I had to fly a 45 degree final to avoid obstacles, then quickly turn another 45 over the threshold, and set 'er right down. No problem due to the crisp response and precise handling of the plane.

For reference, mine weighs about 6 pounds (2700 g) with a 22-cell 2400 NiCad system (Pletti/Schulze).

Dieter
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P.S.: more pics of the Vector are at http://shredair.com/vector.html
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Old Jul 03, 2002, 04:25 PM
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Hello Dieter -

Thanks for the info - sounds like it needs the room to fly. Any chance of retrofitting air brakes to it - ala F-86, etc? Just something to add drag and allow a tighter approach/greater control?

Fly Fast! Mark
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Old Jul 08, 2002, 08:12 AM
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Finally Painted

I finally had the oportunity to paint my Vector Pro. This is one sweet jet. Thanks Dieter for importing such nice models.
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