Matt’s Depron Jet, First Flight

Sunday morning arrived and with most of my other aircraft in need of a little care and being a little time poor I was unable to attended our clubs club day. The after noon was different story, my F22 depron Eflight powered jet was reay for it’s first flight.

Depron F22

I packed up all my required flight gear and loaded the plane into the car (easy job) and headed to the field. The time was around five and the conditions at the field was great. First up I checked that all the hardware was firmly fixed to the air frame, every thing looked good. Next I checked that the control surfaces all operated in the correct directions and the the fail safe was correctly set up.

Depron F22

With all the pre flight checks completed it was now time for the first flight. I set the power to just above half throttle with a little up elevator and with a little throw launched the F22. Every thing seemed to be great with only a little adjustment required. I then proceeded to try a few maneuvers such as loop and rolls, with no problems. The flying weight of the plane is 160 grm’s and even at this weight the aircraft can handle a strong wind with out too much problem.

Depron F22

The next thing is to add some colour now that the flight tests has proved to be so great. I also now need to get rid of all the tape and mount the battery and other equipment in a better fashion.

Matt’s Depron Electric Jet

Matts been working on a simple and quick to build depron model. Based on the profile of a F22 jet.

Depron F22

The model consists of 5 cut pieces of depron and carbon fiber support bar. PVA glue has been used to glue the airframe together and clear tape used for the control surface hinges. A brushless outrunner motor will be set up for a pusher configuration.

Depron F22

Motor

EFlight Brushless Out runner

Brushless Motor

Battery

7.4 Volt 700 mah

ESC

EFlight 10 Amp

Brushless ESC

Rec

Spectrum 2.4 Ghz park flyer 3grm

Spectrum Ar6100

Servos

2 x grm

Total estimated flying weight < 200 grm

The build time for the model has been very quick given the very simple contruction.