Old 09-18-2010, 05:25 PM
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Augie11
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Default RE: How to balance an airplane with a pod mounted engine above the wing


ORIGINAL: Top_Gunn

Make one of these:

http://home.mindspring.com/~the-plum...%20Machine.htm
The CG device based on the Archer design is a good one and you'll find some threads discussing the pros and cons. However, the advise to balance the plane LEVEL is well taken. That 'nose down a bit' will usually give you a noseheavy plane.....not that that is a big problem.

I've had several pod designs and they seem to be the most critical to balance the most sensitive that is. Try the level balancing technique. You are probably pretty close right now based on what you are describing. I never had that specific plane but I'm assuming the designer says to balance her with an empty tank and that's what you're doing.