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Old Sep 10, 2011, 08:31 PM
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My first EDF flight today

So I got my first EDF flight in today, actually first two EDF flights in. Jpower 50mm Mig-15. I tried last Saturday but it was tail heavy and when I hand launched it, it went straight up, looped over and crashed breaking off it wing at the fuselage. So after a little repair and 1/2oz of lead in the front I tried again today.

1st hand launch went fine, let it fly straight and level to gain some speed and then did some circuits around the field. Was still a little tail heavy and I was having a little trouble triming it out and not getting behind it while flying. Anyways after a couple of minutes I got a little over confident and tried to loop it but ended up in a flat spin. I managed to do something smart and I just cut the throttle and let it flat spin gently into the ankle high grass with no damage at all.

Changed the battery and trimmed a little more down elevator and the 2nd hand launch was a little bit more hairy. Over compensated the down elevator and the plane kept wanting to nose into the ground. Got even more behind the plane trying to keep the plane from hitting the ground while trying to put in some up trim. Ended up bottoming out the Mig into a bit of muck from the 12 inches of rain we got this week. No real damage to the plane beside a broken control horn on one aileron and a mud streak running down the length of the plane.

Fun and rugged little plane to fly and learn edf on. Learned a lot today.
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Old Sep 10, 2011, 08:51 PM
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So I got my first EDF flight in today, actually first two EDF flights in. Jpower 50mm Mig-15. I tried last Saturday but it was tail heavy and when I hand launched it, it went straight up, looped over and crashed breaking off it wing at the fuselage. So after a little repair and 1/2oz of lead in the front I tried again today.

1st hand launch went fine, let it fly straight and level to gain some speed and then did some circuits around the field. Was still a little tail heavy and I was having a little trouble triming it out and not getting behind it while flying. Anyways after a couple of minutes I got a little over confident and tried to loop it but ended up in a flat spin. I managed to do something smart and I just cut the throttle and let it flat spin gently into the ankle high grass with no damage at all.

Changed the battery and trimmed a little more down elevator and the 2nd hand launch was a little bit more hairy. Over compensated the down elevator and the plane kept wanting to nose into the ground. Got even more behind the plane trying to keep the plane from hitting the ground while trying to put in some up trim. Ended up bottoming out the Mig into a bit of muck from the 12 inches of rain we got this week. No real damage to the plane beside a broken control horn on one aileron and a mud streak running down the length of the plane.

Fun and rugged little plane to fly and learn edf on. Learned a alot today.
congrats!
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Old Sep 10, 2011, 09:17 PM
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Nothing like an EDF is there!? Congrats on your first EDF flight.

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Old Sep 10, 2011, 10:46 PM
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Congrats.... EDF's are AWESOME. My first edf was the J-Power/Sky Angel L-39 i love that little plane, blast to fly. I plan on getting more of these little 50mm edf's I just think there such a good size, extra batteries are cheap, there tough and most importantly FUN...
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Old Sep 11, 2011, 01:37 AM
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The best EDF trainer jets are the ones with less wing sweep, e.g. L-39, T-45. In stock configuration with 3S batteries, they are not speed demons, but speed can wait until you get a feel for how EDF's handle and respond to control inputs.

And after all, their real-life counterparts are trainer jets!
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