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    Skill Collector rockyboy's Avatar
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    Maiden flight video - about 2 minutes of boring stuff cut out of the middle - just the exciting parts here.

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    Congrats! It looked like she really wanted to climb on take-off. These planes are so light it'd be a snap to get unlimited vertical.
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    Yeah - there was a mostly steady headwind about 7-10 mph and she just went straight up it on about 3/4 throttle. Winds were a bit more variable up high, and that gust on landing approach that put her sideways about 20 feet scared the jeebers out of me. I couldn't be happier with the touchdown, but that last gust was all my nerves could take for the day - I packed up shortly after this.
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    Nice job! I'm no fan of flying mine in the wind but if I don't have an option I'll go ahead and toss a 2200mah pack in there. The extra weight helps dampen it a bit and she's more than capable of hauling the extra weight. That "V" in EVA really does mean Versatile! Gotta love this plane.

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  5. #125
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    A flight update: I put 5 batteries through her on Saturday and she was a beauty! Putting the 1800mah battery just 1 inch further forward from the maiden flight position made a big positive difference in handling. Every takeoff she likes to do the same 'reach for the sky' behavior and once she's airborne I actually have to push a little down elevator to keep the climb to 'two mistakes high' at a comfortable rate.

    I spent most of the packs doing lazy circles around the field, with a couple interesting rolls recovering from loss of orientation. While the cream and black design looks dynamite on the ground, the cream is actually a little translucent in the sky and the black pattern on the top of the wing shows right through. To help with that, I've added some 2" wide white vinyl tape stripes with black borders on the bottom of the wings. Fingers crossed I can keep better track of her next time. Until I'm confident on visibility and orientation, I won't be intentionally heading up for any loops or anything else that would get her inverted.

    She does bounce a little bit in wind gusts with an 1800mah pack, and on a couple flights I had to correct for a good bit of weather-vane behavior. Joe, I like the idea of trying her with a 2200mah pack - these sport wings give her plenty of lift, and it might help a bit with keeping her more solid in the sky.

    Landing the EVA was a very new experience for me. I'm used to coming around on the base leg at low power and cutting the engine all together after making the last turn into the final decent leg. I usually try keep myself about 30-40 feet up (as measured by the height of the plane eating trees) on the base leg, and with most of my foamies and wings I can set the plane down within 20 feet of my position if I manage elevator and small throttle movements right. However, the EVA with the throttle cut at 40 feet up will float along down the entire length of the runway and still be 10 feet off the ground at the other end! I overshot at least 4 or 5 landing attempts, and twice ended up with touchdown a couple hundred feet away at the other end of the field.

    I am happy to say that all landings were nearly perfect 3 pointers on the tricycle gear - very smooth - except for one. My one nose over occurred when she set down in a rough patch on the field and somehow the linkage to the nose wheel slipped. The nose wheel twisted sideways and the plane flipped over. The set screw did have thread locker - but somehow it still let the control rod slip out. But there was no damage to the plane, and the nose gear was easily fixed at the field and she went back up for a couple more flights after that.

    TLDR; So in summary, she handles great, I'm learning new landing techniques, and she has taken a place as my favorite flying plane in the hangar right now. If you're thinking about building one of these, stop thinking and order the kit right now. If you haven't finished your build yet, stop waiting! You'll love how she performs.
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    Nice! What motor/prop did you go with?
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    Nice flight report, I'm glad you're happy with the plane! It's experiences like this that can get people hooked on balsa as there is so much more pride in actually BUILDING instead of simply assembling.
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    hehe just saw the maiden video. With the grass sitting as high as it did to the fuselage it looked like it took off with two wheels and came down with three at first. Looks like it glides in nicely as I didn't see any wing rocking you had to fight at all. Sorry about the see thru coloring though as that is a gorgeous combination sitting static.
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    You convinced me. It's been over 20 years since I built my Kadet Seniorita. I remember it being an incredible chore. Perhaps time has increased my patience......EVA Sport is back ordered........we'll see how long it takes before I am straining to see if there is a package on the stoop as I turn down my road.

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    Congrats on the good flights over the weekend! Keep playing with the CG. Like I keep saying all of my EVA's are just right when I can fly inverted with no to almost no elevator input. It still blows me away that a plane with so much dihedral can fly inverted so well but the EVA Sport does! With the right CG the plane is completely neutral.

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