Ultra-stick 25e Safety Alert!
Just a heads up to all U-stick 25e owners out there to check your wing hold-in dowel area.
I grabbed my plane last night to take to the field (I left it assemble after flying it a few weeks ago), but the wings felt loose. I quick investigation showed (see photos below) that both wing dowel areas in the wing had torn apart. A closer look revealed that there is not a ply plate glued to the leading edge. Rather, the dowels are only supported by the balsa leading edge. I am amazed that the wing did not rip off in flight last time I flew it. I also can't believe I did not catch it then!
I'll be opening it up to add some strength there this weekend, you may want to check yours.