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    Slow Stick Ailerons

    Since i'm a pilot in real life, I struggle with the idea of learning to fly without ailerons. Can ailerons easily be added to a slow stick. How? Is it a dumb idea to try to teach myself to fly a slow stick with ailerons.

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    RE: Slow Stick Ailerons

    I am (was, can't pass the physical now) a full scale pilot and wondered the same thing but I have a slow stick with lights that I use for night flying and with the dihedral in the wing it flys just fine with rudder only. Some folks remove the dihedral and add ailerons so you might want to try it with just the rudder first. Where in VA do you live? If we're close you can fly mine anytime.
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    RE: Slow Stick Ailerons

    I live in Fredericksburg, VA. I have no clue where Clintwood is, but mapquest says its 6 hours away. I wish I was closer. I'm 18 with a PPL slowly going for other ratings. How is a servo installed to control the outer portions of a wing, or is the whole trailing edge used for an aileron, and the servo mounted to the fuselage. I will probably learn to fly with rudder first, and latter add ailerons.

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    RE: Slow Stick Ailerons

    Yea, Fredricksburg is a good distance from me. We're in the far western part of the state, about an hour north of Bristol. Not sure how folks have been adding the servo for the aileron's but the SS wing has the aileron molded into the wing. All you have to do is cut it out, hinge it and add the control horn. Do a search for "slow stick aileron" and you should find something. Congrats on getting the PPL, it's the most exciting thing I've ever done.
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    RE: Slow Stick Ailerons


    ORIGINAL: tsperry88

    Since i'm a pilot in real life, I struggle with the idea of learning to fly without ailerons. Can ailerons easily be added to a slow stick. How? Is it a dumb idea to try to teach myself to fly a slow stick with ailerons.
    When you fly the SS without ailerons, the stick you move to control the rudder on the transmitter is the same as the one you'd use for ailerons. If you could make a full scale plane that would operate with no ailerons, just rudder, it would be the same as putting the rudder control on the yoke and removing the pedals. Unless you are doing aerobatics, you don't use the rudder much anyway, just a touch on some planes to coordinate turns.

    If you move to a plane like the GWS Estarter from the SS, it's not a big deal making the switch.

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    RE: Slow Stick Ailerons

    Just my 2 cents ,but the SS wing is not really designed for ail. I have to say there are a lot better choices for an ail trainer Then a SS.Again just my 2 cents.

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    RE: Slow Stick Ailerons

    A guy at the local hobby shop put dual ailerons on his SStick. He says it doesn't work very well, not worth the trouble. I put a 1320 mAh lipo on mine and had to move the battery all the way next to the motor and slide the wing back about 1/2 inch and added about an ounce near the nose to get it to fly real good. I added EPA on the elevator but didn't use it on the rudder since it needs all it has and then some.
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    RE: Slow Stick Ailerons

    Stevens aeromodels makes a aileron wing for the SS. It is lazer cut balsa and if it is like their kits it should be a very easy build. It is said to fly just as slow as the stock one but penetrates the wind a lot better. Uses the stock mounts and every thing so you just rubber band it on, re-plug the servos and go fly. Havent seen one fly in person yet, but big thread over at RCG, Guys really like it..........
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    RE: Slow Stick Ailerons

    Suggest you look up the string "Slow Stick With Ailerons" for how to modify your Slow Stick to incorporate ailerons, upgrade to a brushless motor, add a steerable tail wheel and more including photos of these mods. This will require you to browse this section back a while to find this info.

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    RE: Slow Stick Ailerons

    Somewhere, I saw a post where a guy put a piece of foam under each side of the wing and 2.5" behind the wing. He operates these as ailerons. This may have been on RC Groups . It was complete with pic's and was said to work well. Might be worth looking for.

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    RE: Slow Stick Ailerons

    Slow Stick with ailerons ... I just built an extra wing with servos and ailerons ... just for the hell of it. I used double sided white foam mounting tape and stuck the servos in it so that I wouldn't need to cut the wing. I have the servos on their side 4" from the control horn. So far, so good. If the double sticky tape doesn't hold then I'll run a zip tie thru the wing. I made the aileron cuts with a Dremel rotary saw blade. I doubt that there is a better way to cut out the ailerons. It was like cutting butter. I did all the work with the wing flat, then finished the wing, with dihedral. I haven't flown it yet ... LOL .. but it sure looks cool on the bench. I expect this upgrade will add an element of fun to an already great flying airplane.

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    RE: Slow Stick Ailerons

    I happened on to a website of a guy in South Africa who has built a larger wing with ailerons with good success.

    Try this http://www.phix.co.za/

    Very interesting

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    RE: Slow Stick Ailerons

    Take a look at this Slowstik with a Stevens Aero Wing kit
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    RE: Slow Stick Ailerons

    This is mine.
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    "custom coweling"
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    RE: Slow Stick Ailerons

    That botttle looks great, it doesn't slow air around motor either does it ? How about the battery does it get hot ? Looks like good workmanship. I need to get busy on mine. I got all the flights mine can produce and it was getting boring. I use a 2S Li-Po and have tried different motors, there's so much wind here there are only a few days a month that the SS flys without crashing.
    Looks great,
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    RE: Slow Stick Ailerons

    The air flow was a concern of mine also. I flew it with the bottle and without and noticed no difference. The battery, ESC and motor all get a little warm but nothing to be alarmed about. I like doing touch and goes and steap angle landings. The coweling protects all of the expensive stuff and keeps the battery in place when I get it out of wack.


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