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Old Aug 27, 2011, 05:41 PM
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A few new photos and thoughts here www.knewt.com

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Old Aug 27, 2011, 06:15 PM
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Pierre's website is very impressive and updated frequently with new information. Thank you for your efforts Pierre!

Now waiting patiently for your Precision flight report...

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Old Aug 28, 2011, 03:51 AM
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Pike Precision maiden flight

As Planned, I maidened the Pike Precision. It was pretty cold with less than 10° at 1700m of altitude. We lost 20° in 24 hours !!! what a summer

My CG is at 102 mm. First flight was with 300g of ballast. Later in the afternoon, I double the ballast to go to 600gr.
The flight went very well. I felt confortable with the plane immdiately and engaged few runs right away, without gaining altitude. The plane is extremely grippy in turn, so snapflap will have to have the right setup, in conjonction with elevator. Here is my current settings. CG appeared to be good, so I haven't changed it.
  • CG at 102mm
  • -1 to 2mm for Speed +4mm Thermal mode
  • +/- 5mm on the elevator
  • + 10mm on the snap flap

This is not the definitive settings, as I need to continue to test the plane and find the best compromise between elevator and snapflaps.
In flight, the Pike Precision feels light on the sticks, even with some ballast. Roll rate is pretty good, I was able to do 2 rolls at half stick, straight.
The slope is not suitable for Energy management turn, but I did some nice runs in EM. The diving speed is quite high and the plane accelerates very well. The Pike seems more stable at high speed than at low speed.
The thermal flaps work well, and the plane carries the ballast easily, confirming that it has been designed to use plenty of brass, up to 75g/dm2.

Very good first impression overall, need more flying time on it, to refine the settings and learn more about the plane.

Here is a video taken yesterday afternoon.

Pike Precision (2 min 30 sec)


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Old Aug 28, 2011, 04:05 AM
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Amazing photos and video Pierre.
That looks like slope heaven.

Looking forward to your Pike Precision road test.
Chris.
Chris,

Be patient ! I have tons of video sequences filmed during this competition. for the occasion, I even prepared a cam boom to shared with you all the feeling we could have at the edge of this cliff:

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-X...0/P1010471.JPG

then video editing is a long work ...

Stay tuned !

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Old Aug 28, 2011, 10:14 AM
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Hi Pierre & Knewt!,

I have a great curiosity
It's simple carbon; carbon double; Standard
What version is that you fly, What recommend?
Kind regards

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Chris,

Be patient ! I have tons of video sequences filmed during this competition. for the occasion, I even prepared a cam boom to shared with you all the feeling we could have at the edge of this cliff:

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-X...0/P1010471.JPG

then video editing is a long work ...

Stay tuned !

Pierre Rondel
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Old Aug 28, 2011, 11:12 AM
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The plane looks crisp in the air, great flying site. Ian
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Old Aug 28, 2011, 03:25 PM
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Pierre,
Nice Video. Looking forward to more!

New Webpage is up...
http://www.soaringusa.com/products/p...ategory_id=292

Need more information?
bob@soaringusa.com

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Old Aug 29, 2011, 05:27 PM
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First flights today were really impressive.

More details at www.knewt.com

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Old Aug 29, 2011, 05:34 PM
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First flights today were really impressive.

More details at www.knewt.com

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Knewt you have not done any video
Desiring see that video
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Old Aug 29, 2011, 05:58 PM
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I recorded it and it's safe and sound on an SD card :-)
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Old Aug 29, 2011, 06:15 PM
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You can pass it to the computer via USB

What version of pike precision?

Sorry for the curiosity

All Servos MKS

What impressions have, fast and supports 7.4 V!

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Old Aug 31, 2011, 01:09 PM
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Hey Guys,

My last post was wrongfully reported, but I wanted to let you know that we still have room on our first order. Due to Sambas great support we have also been able to lower the price to $1950.

We are very excited to be able to bring in a model with such an amazing design team, and with Sambas amazing building. Cant wait to see Mike Smiths flight reports.

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Old Aug 31, 2011, 05:15 PM
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Hey Guys,

My last post was wrongfully reported, but I wanted to let you know that we still have room on our first order. Due to Sambas great support we have also been able to lower the price to $1950.

We are very excited to be able to bring in a model with such an amazing design team, and with Sambas amazing building. Cant wait to see Mike Smiths flight reports.

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That is awsome pass on the savings to customers. In light of tuff times
I applaud skipmillermodels.com to step up

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Old Sep 01, 2011, 10:08 PM
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Cody-

Is that the price WITH the servos that come in the wing?? If so, which servos?

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Old Sep 01, 2011, 10:43 PM
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Cody-

Is that the price WITH the servos that come in the wing?? If so, which servos?

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I think that is the A/F price Target. You can order a few different servo options molded in the model. Either way that is a best in class price for a new F3F/B offering from Samba. That is good for the sport! I can't wait to hear how it goes!

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