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Old 06-03-2007, 02:43 PM   #1
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Seagull Decathlon test flight

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A couple months back I bought a Seagull Decathlon (~$200) ignoring much of the feedback on the plane in that 'other forum'. Comments about must have a gyro etc to get it off the ground.

I'm happy to say that the test flight of the SG Decathlon was uneventful. It did need a few clicks of left trim and a couple of up, which may be the result of a modest Saito 91 used for power.

Engine: Saito 91
Radio: JR 8103
Rx: JR R600
Servos: JR DS537
Batt: JR 1100 NiCD
AUW: Unknown??

I haven't explored the full flight envelop however the Saito should provide enough for most maneuvers

The plane isn't much of a floater. One of the landings was dead stick (fuel tank issue) the plane drops like a rock. However the glide is easy to control, keep the nose down head straight for the runway. There was no tendency to tip stall (at altitude), however don't slow it too much on landing or it probably will.

The rudder is very sensitive use expo and keep the throw on low rates. Don’t over use the rudder on T/O or you may cause a snap. Also let the plane gain speed before applying any elevator at take off. The plane is short coupled and it’ll bite if you aren’t careful.

While some may think a Decathlon is like a J3 it has more in common with a Pitts.

Me…I enjoy the plane, it isn’t for everyone, it looks nice in the air. Below is a couple of shots form my morning of flying.

One is after the test flight, other is a “bergy-bit” that was nearby.

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