Love the bellycam! Congrats!!
Excellent maiden. I think the unusual fuselage of the plane makes the AOA look more steep than it was.First impressions / preliminary analysis of flight characteristics:
-A bit underpowered, but can get up to a good speed. I likely flew faster and carried more throttle than necessary.
-A bit floaty during landing.
-Was pretty far out of trim. I didn't end up trimming it during the flight. I held quite a lot of down elevator, combined with quite a bit of both left aileron and rudder. Despite this, the CG felt spot-on.
-As is characteristic of a delta wing, flies at a really high AoA at low speeds. Looks like it's on the verge of a stall a good bit of the time, which is a bit scary.
-Wing-rock in the straightaways was a thing.
The batteries recovered to just over 3.7v/cell, meaning that my flight was nearly perfectly timed (allowing for more go-arounds), despite me forgetting to start my timer until after the first two turns.
Looking at the undercarriage view, two of the eight wheels on the mains were near falling-off. I'll secure these better, by proper wheel collars or some other means, for later flights.
The sun reflecting off of the underbelly was beautiful. I surprisingly wasn't that nervous during the flight, after having flown my FT-22 as a warm-up.
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Yeah, that'll be fantastic!Be looking forward to seeing this cruise around at FF this year!!
Yeah, that'll be fantastic!
I looked on Google Maps and compared it with the video of the maiden flight. My takeoff roll was around 135 feet. I think I can get closer to 100 feet with the higher TWR (0.66 vs 0.53) and canard flaps, but there's only one way to find out.
Does anyone know how long the hard runway was at FFE last year? Not the black blanket stuff, but the small stretch at show center? I need to figure out my margins for takeoff and landing distance.