So today I decided to try to fly in a feild next to my house. It's about as big as the one at the local club and I don't have to drive there and use up gas.
I asked my neighbor if I could fly over his feild and use the middle section as a runway and he said I could. He also said it was ok to mow the grass in the middle section lower if I needed to. I mowed the grass as low as my mower would cut it. This "runway" is about 12 feet wide and has trees lining both sides. Here's a picture:
The grass was still way too high after mowing it as low as my mower could mow it. So there was grass flying all over the place from my propellor. I even almost hit a tree the first time. I never got very much speed. After my last try, I starting going down the runway. I didn't get going very fast. Maybe like 5-10mph. When I got moving at about that speed my plane started wanting to swerve and I hit a tree and broke my wing. The whole thing was very poor judgment and I deserved it.
At first it looked really bad. I was worried it broke stuff like the metal arm that moves the ailerons and I wasn't going to be able to fix it and make it work the way it should again. After ripping off the cover paper, I saw that it wasn't as bad as I thought it was. Here are some pictures:
I guess the way the ground is curved is why it didn't want to go strait. I'm going to need to find a better place to take off and land or else spend at least 2x as much on gas going back and fourth to the club feild.