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Old 06-18-2017, 07:58 AM
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Default CARF Mephisto debut at Weston Park

CARF had a new Mephisto at the UK Weston Park show. It had only had two flights leading up to arriving in the UK. The guys managed to get another 5 or 6 over the weekend. JetCat P-220Rxi powered.

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Old 06-18-2017, 08:18 AM
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Old 06-18-2017, 11:20 AM
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What's the deal with the wheels sticking out when retracted?
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What's the deal with the wheels sticking out when retracted?
Although it'll add a little bit of drag, I think this is actually a very good idea to have the wheels sticking out a tiny litte bit. You can store the plane easier and it won't scratch the bottom in case of a gear up landing.

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Old 06-18-2017, 01:07 PM
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Yes, easier to handle in car/van and protects the underside if the electric gear sticks up.
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Yes, easier to handle in car/van and protects the underside if the electric gear sticks up.
Wont the landing gear get damaged quite badly in case of a gear up landing? The leg is usually designed to only dampen when extended: when retracted it will act as a big lever to rip the retract out of the rails, is it not so in this plane as well?
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Old 06-19-2017, 12:12 AM
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Its not like you are going to do this every flight...it's to save an expensive re paint. CARF gear mounts are the best in the business, so they are going to be fine, the nose is carbon either side of the mount rails. The units are strong, I don't expect an issue.
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Old 06-19-2017, 03:39 AM
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Whether it was intentional or not, it gives the visual appearance of not being well thought out or engineered correctly. Other than that it's a nice looking sport jet.
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Old 06-19-2017, 04:53 AM
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Most people realise its intentional as all three poke down. Actually in flight with your eyes you hardly notice.

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Perhaps , one day I will tell the story of an Anson pilot ( they were a hack on the V bomber squadrons on the 60s ) . The wheels on the Anson protruded below the engine nacelles even when retracted.
With gear failure, he feathered both props. rotated the blades to horizontal on the starter motors, and did a wheels up , dead stick landing, with the only damage a broken pitot head.( which protruded below the nose.) Think it, the Anson T 19, flew the following day!

I think he got a medal (AFC) for his efforts!

So, perhaps, partly protruding wheels are not a bad idea!

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All three landing gear retract forwards and back? Guessing retracting towards the front? That would make a belly landing much less of an event...especially if the wheels were still free to rotate.
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What's the weird-looking small set of wings behind the canopy? Is that some fancy new receiver antenna? Looks like the boomerang antenna for a car phone.

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That's funny' right there. Need some curb feelers, maybe a set of spinners for the rims...

Seriously-pattern guys stick those on the plane, but I wonder how much difference it makes? Too small for lift-more like something to take out turbulence-like G factor correction on prop planes, perhaps?

Also interesting and counterintuitive to me is the blending of the aft fuse into the stabs-more horizontal surface.
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:11 PM
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It's called a Canalyzer, the pattern boys fit them (like F1 cars) to energise the airflow before it passes over in our case the rudder, it makes it even more powerful. It bolts on to the canopy, people will fly with and without it and see the difference. Rudder power is huge on the Mephisto.

The gear all retracts forward and the wheels turn.
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Post in error.

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Got a video when the flap servos worked?
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No. Sorry.
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