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Posted by Ken Lapointe | Jun 26, 2011 @ 03:54 PM | 18,361 Views
I finally did the maiden flight on my YA F/A-18C.

Used the Extreme Dynamax fan unit on 12S XPS 30C cells. I have to download the data to see how many amps and watts I was using.

Flight went ok, takeoff was a bit long, I had takeoff flaps set. A bit bumpy on the grass. Slight wind down the runway and the grass was just cut, so I am a bit concerned about the takeoff run being so long.

Gear stuck down, looks like an air line came loose I was not able to pull the gear up. The gear problem kinda started getting me worried , you know the first flight jitters, so I decided to land it early. Also because I was using more throttle with the gear down and did not want to empty the battery. I did not have to change the trim, but the ailerons were a bit touchy on the recommended settings.

I came in a bit high and fast, I had full landing flaps down but it did not slow down as quickly as I thought it would, so the landing was a bit long. Watching the video I should have gone around, but at the time I thought I had plenty of runway.

The nose gear bent back a bit, but that was the only damage to the plane.

Plane flew ok, kind of a tame flight. It does sound great though.

Heres to better flights next time around

Yellow Aircraft F-18 Maiden Flight.wmv (2 min 21 sec)

Posted by Ken Lapointe | Jun 18, 2011 @ 04:47 PM | 10,865 Views
I just finished up a old BVM Maverick kit. Almost done, still have a bunch of stuff to install.