Today I took the new "Sea Falcon MkII" to LARCS for it's first assembly, radio and engine test and, all going well, certification flight.
Assembly went reasonably smoothly with just a little bad language from your truly.
Time to fuel up, smelled and then saw dripping kero, cut out a leaking section of Tygon and rejoined to fuel solenoid,,, all ok. Engine started and ran up ok. Shut down and did walk around range check at double what I normally do, all still good. Checked CoG with full tanks just to see where it was and then I was out of excuses.
The weather was fine but windy with 10kts gusting to 15kts and sometimes 20kts. One last check to see is all controls working and in the correct sense and away she went
A bit of up elevator was needed to rotate and then maintain a climb. I held up elevator as I dialed in a little aileron trim to correct a left roll then up elevator trim. I trimmed it level at 1/2 throttle and gear down, selected gear up and had to retrim slightly. All was ok but for excessive aileron movement so time for flaps down check at a good height. No roll evident, visible decline in speed and a slight sink rate. Flaps up, a roll into wind just because I wanted to and then time to set up for landing. Gear down on upwind leg, flaps down on downwind leg and the model was ready. even if I wasn't
. The wind blew the model a little to far necessitating a bit more throttle to help clear the swamp, over the strip and fighting the gusts, throttle off, idle rpm a little too high, touched down hard on the mains but no bounce. whew. As I taxiing the model back it was obvious that the left main had deflected a little. On inspection it was found that the front former had pulled free. An easy fix.
So, the new Falcon has survived it's maiden and after the addition of some epoxy to the U/C bearers (all of them just for insurance), adjustment of aileron travel and adjustment of centre points I hope to take her into the air again this coming weekend in company with the other "Sea Falcon" owned by Richard from TMAC.
Here are some post flight pix.