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Old 05-07-2006, 12:09 PM   #11
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Good to hear.

I wish I could have made it. I'm actually in your neck of the woods for the next few days, hopefully leaving on Wednesday.
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Old 05-08-2006, 07:57 AM   #12
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Hey Ted, glad to hear you got back home safely. Thanks for taking the 213 pics. Can't wait to see them. It wasn't the prettiest flight I ever made but at least I now know what adjustments to make. Yes it was tail heavy and I had to put in full down trim and then some. The landing was rough probably due to the unnatural feel of applying down elevator to flare.??
The reason the plane was tail heavy is because when I balanced it, I was trying to be very careful not to add too much weight as it was already 25LBS and was scared of it not flying at all with the 50oz/sq ft wing loading. So when I balanced it the plane was sitting level.
Let me just say that I do not put any credability into what people think of as a high wing loading factor. At 50oz./sq.ft the Otter at one point had zero ground speed yet maintaing alttitude??????? For those of you who told me that it wouldn't be a problem with the type of plane were absolutley correct. I will now add enough weight to balance it with a bit of nose down attitude without worry of the additional weight factor. I will have to add about one pound of weight bringing the wing loading to 52 oz. /sq.ft. But no big deal. The only damage to the craft was a bit of paint scuffing on the right wing tip, the corner of the float at the step was sanded down and the front nose wheel broke off at the joint. I have already beefed up the nose wheel assemblies so that doesn't happen again.
Boy oh Boy what a rush ths maiden was, I just hope that Ted did not get any pics of me running around flapping my arms down the runway like a giddy school kid after the flight.
I know that I disregarded Dave Platts rule # 16 which states " Never fly a scale model while you still like it" but I now have something to compete with this year at some scale events. YIPPEEEEEEEEEE
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