After all the hard work over winter break, the weather finally cleared just enough for a fly day. We headed to the LMAC Field with the two new composite fuselage DuraPlanes and the Red ARF plane. The weather was a little cold, but the winds were calm.
The first two flights were with the first composite DuraPlane. The plane flew perfectly and required little trim. The aircraft was very stable and predictable on the first flight. On the second flight after shifting the CG some and increasing the throws the plane became more responsive and in no time we were doing rolls and split S maneuvers.
Next we attempted to start the second DuraPlane. But there was a servo issue we were unable to correct at the field, so we moved on to the the ARF plane. The ARF plane was fitted with a flight computer to provide real time data to the ground. The plane flew well and the computer worked. Unfortunately the monokote used to patch the pitot tube lines began to shed during some sharp turns. The aircraft continued to fly, but we choose to bring it down and not push our luck.
The forth and fifth flights were again with the duraplane with again more tweaking to the servos and different prop sizes. Also Jim Burgess (ME-Jun) was given the chance to fly some and did quite well for his first time.
Five flights, five landings, five touch and go, total flight time 35 minutes, and only one monokote patch needed is always a success.