Monday, April 7, 2014

First Time in the Air (MK5)

Maiden flight of the new plane!

This one got off to a rocky start. With all the modifications to the tail, just levelling the control surfaces was not quite enough to get the plane to fly straight. Look out for unintentional barrel rolls in the video :D

Launching the plane for the first time, it tented to pitch the nose down, taking almost half nose up input to fly it straight. This resulted in a "roller coaster" flight, where some altitude was gained, then controls centred and trimmed little by little. Business as usual.

After landing and physically adjusting the trim settings the second flight was a lot smoother.

Combined flight took around 10 minutes with 10.63km travelled at around 50km/h:

And here is the scenic view: