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Old Feb 01, 2004, 06:53 PM
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pico stick f (fokker) with 280 dd good for indoor?

I am interested in starting in indoor flying. I currently have a Pico Stick F (Fokker) 280, which comes with the GWS 280 direct drive motor.

(not built yet, still waiting for receiver).

Is it suitable for indoor flying or should I get an IPS motor ( I can use either as the plane is the same, what changes is the motor mount)?
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Old Feb 02, 2004, 08:28 AM
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There is a Pico Stik F on IPS and Li-Polys at the local indoor sessions I attend. Flies great in a 2 basketball court sized gym. Your wing loading will increase with the heavier motor/battery combo with the 280. The plane is going to fly faster too. I'd go with the IPS drive for indoor.
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Old Feb 02, 2004, 11:02 AM
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Wing loading

You can calculate the wing loading if it is not given in the kit. For a two court indoor venue I would think you would not want to be much over four oz/sq. ft.

If you can come in at about 7 oz. you should be at about 4 oz/sq ft. So, if you can make up for the heavy motor with lipolies, you may be good to go.
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Old Feb 02, 2004, 12:58 PM
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Re: Wing loading

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You can calculate the wing loading if it is not given in the kit. For a two court indoor venue I would think you would not want to be much over four oz/sq. ft.

If you can come in at about 7 oz. you should be at about 4 oz/sq ft. So, if you can make up for the heavy motor with lipolies, you may be good to go.
Wing loading is 4.25 Oz/sq ft and weight should come about 7.06 Oz
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Old Feb 02, 2004, 03:07 PM
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That should work

Folks at our fly-in often fly Tiger Moths (GWS) with about that wing loading. It sounds like yours should be ok.

Indoors, lighter wing loading is almost always better from my perspective. The lighter combo of smaller lipolies and the IPS might be good for the future.

Good luck.
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Old Feb 18, 2004, 10:59 AM
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After trying it out, I gave up on the DD 280 and have purchased an IPS B with 11x4.7 prop.
It flies much better!!!
And the motor mount for the 280 sucks big time! The stick is much simpler...
I'll find another home for the 280... But not a GWS one.
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Old Feb 18, 2004, 12:22 PM
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bom voo JCosta de Joo!!!!
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