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Xanders first flight

bracesport

Active member
#1
Hi there fellow flite-testers, I'm Phil from New Zealand and together with my son Xander we are getting into building and flying planes.

Today we hit the field with our chuck glider which in hindsight was a tad heavy! With a bit of tail bending, we managed to keep it in the air for a bit. I think it needs more wing area!

I am also posting as a newbie in the glider section for our adventurous build! https://forum.flitetest.com/index.php?threads/foam-wing-dlg-electric.56283/

 

PoorManRC

Well-known member
#5
That really IS a Beautiful area to glide around in!! I LOVE all these wonderful Father and son stories. So heartwarming, especially in this day and age.
She looks great, and it appears that you guys are tweaking her in the right direction!!
 

bracesport

Active member
#6
Xander is still to get the knack! - Slightly better flying today with the wing moved back and the nose lightened. Still has a tendency to stall, so I think there is not enough wing for the overall weight?

 

Gazoo

Active member
#7
I guess I'd try a little less elevator. I bet you could get some good distance.

Does it balance about 1/3 of the wing cord?
 

bracesport

Active member
#8
I guess I'd try a little less elevator. I bet you could get some good distance.

Does it balance about 1/3 of the wing cord?
Currently yes.. maybe I need to tidy up the tail, currently it is a bit stubby and possibly not aligned with the main wing for straight flight?

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bracesport

Active member
#9
We had a windless day this morning so we were able to get in some flights (and some ball kicking)! Finally, the glider was flying well! Sadly the next flight destroyed the wing, so now we have a great opportunity to build a better one!

 

buzzbomb

Well-known member
#12
Wonderful vids, man. Thank you. I would be hard pressed to find it again, but there is a guy who has a YouTube channel devoted to gliders. He went to a FliteFest and during combat, he launched the gliders into the fray with a rubber band launcher as Arcfyre suggested. If I recall correctly, he didn't actually take anyone out, but that was some impressive glider flying! All I've got for you is good luck and keep having fun with your son! (y)
 

Headbang

Active member
#14
Too many long years ago my dad bought a Sig Kadet MK2, glue, OS .40, Airitronics 4 channel fm transmitter that came with 4 servos and a rx. He glued some cork board to a piece of plywood. We built a plane together. Rest is history. One of my best childhood memories!