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Old Nov 27, 2010, 04:12 PM
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How does the aileronless planes handle?

I'm looking at the Easy Star for a future FPV plane, and I realized this is one of the many planes that lack ailerons... you control steering with yaw. I'm a pilot so that sounds very weird to me. it's possible, but it's a VERY slow motion and I would think excessive yaw without elevator help would dip the plane...

I honestly think a rudderless plane would be easier than an aileronless plane...

am I wrong? how do they handle?
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Old Nov 27, 2010, 04:35 PM
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razor,

This plane doesn't have ailerons and it maneuvers very well. It has dihedral built into the wing.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1174874

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Old Nov 27, 2010, 04:38 PM
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I'm looking at the Easy Star for a future FPV plane, and I realized this is one of the many planes that lack ailerons... you control steering with yaw. I'm a pilot so that sounds very weird to me. it's possible, but it's a VERY slow motion and I would think excessive yaw without elevator help would dip the plane...

I honestly think a rudderless plane would be easier than an aileronless plane...

am I wrong? how do they handle?
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They handle quite well.
They'll roll... large barrel rolls.. fly inverted.. but take a lot of effort to keep them there.
It's the dihedral/yaw that permits stable and manuvering flight.
Flatten the wing out, and don't add ailerons, and the plane will be a very poor flier, tending to yaw and go nose up out of turns, and spin.
Pretty much unflyable for very long.
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Old Nov 27, 2010, 04:40 PM
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The dihedral converts the yaw into roll quite effectively, although there can be a lag in the response which you will notice in FPV.

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Old Nov 27, 2010, 04:41 PM
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interesting... so it's all in the dihedrals huh
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Old Nov 27, 2010, 04:46 PM
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Do they handle well.......hummm

Lets define "handle well" If that means high speed axial rolling manuvers, and go where you point it reguardless of attitude, then no, a ruddder/elevator plane will handle like crap.

HOWEVER if by "handles well" you mean self correcting, gentle, easy to fly and hard to get in too much trouble with, then rudder/elevator planes are some of the best flying planes EVER!!
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Old Nov 27, 2010, 05:29 PM
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The Easy Star was designed with simplicity in mind, and aimed at beginners- that is why it has simple controls. Beginners still learn the same (bank and yank, to put it blatantly) method for steering the plane, but with one less thing to worry about.

It's a fun plane otherwise, and likes to slope, glide, do large loops, and the likes, but if you plan on loading it up with ~1lb or more of equipment, then expect to add up to 1lb more in a power system, and forget about all good flying characteristics- the aileron mod would be best for FPV.
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Old Nov 27, 2010, 11:38 PM
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Yeah I decided to go with the sky surfer. identical, but cheaper and comes with ailerons
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