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Feb 05, 2012, 12:42 PM
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Beautiful Day: Cleveland, Ohio Sunday 2-5-2012

40F, Sunny, and no wind. Let’s see, should I stick around for Super Bowl Party or fly RC Sailplanes? Wow, no brainer… Taking all three sailplanes out today – Paragon electric conversion which has flown several times already since conversion and teething pains in the fall. Maiden today for both electric conversion of Sensor 117 and my brand new Pulsar 3.2 REF. Been doing RC and full scale for almost 40 years and I must say I’m pretty excited and a bit nervous. I’ll report later tonight…
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Feb 05, 2012, 03:33 PM
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De-brief – Continuation of Post #1 above

First, nothing bad happened – that’s always good. Wind kicked up a little so I elected to not fly the Paragon (which is now a known quantity) and instead flew the Sensor 117. Motor/prop selection looks good. Climbs at 40-45 degrees. Climb looks like 1400 ft/min per RAM3 data logger. Had two flights which totaled 45 minutes. This airframe flew only a few times 20 years ago and has been in storage since. Felt really good to fly it again today. Looks like its going to have excellent thermal ability. Can be flown fast/slow and flap reflex makes it scoot. Trims/mixes, COG, elevator sensitivity all look pretty good for initial bench setup – surprised myself. Biggest thing to work on is elevator mixing for flap/spoiler deploy – missed pretty bad on that one. Decided to wait for another day to maiden the Pulsar 3.2 REF. Why tempt fate?
Feb 06, 2012, 03:35 PM
Was this a flight at Sagamore? Where do you usually fly?


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