Tonys Partinavia is finished and has completed a series of test flights.
Barry was building a Scale model of the SE5A fighter. The aircraft is now finished and has completed its test flight program in the hands of Rob Sargent.
Apart from some from minor adjustment, to the wing rigging and centre of gravity position the tests went well and Barry is out flying it himself.
Liftoff was smooth / No roll correction required. Needed 4 bangs of up trim. Took off on full throw elevator & switched to full rate aileron after a minute or two. Landing approach after 5 1/2 mins from the east, quite remarkable sink rate, needed 60% power to maintain height with the nose high approach, then bled the power off & smoothly touched down. C of G was correct as per Aviation design, but I will slowly move it rearwards & also check a web program to calculate it, it seems too far fwd, but, it worked I didn’t shake / rattle / roll at all.
Phew……..now when I have a nana nap, I won’t wake within 2 mins with a high pulse rate, visualising the landing approach of the Rafale. Thanks to Kevin Dodd, MAAA sec who is a HM & GT Inspector, for the signing off.
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.
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.
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.
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.