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Old 08-21-2005, 03:54 PM
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Default Skymaster Hawk Once Again (at least!)


Thought this should be The special moment to write my first post here...

Just had the maiden flight with my SM Hawk - it was a veerrrrrryyy GOOD experience!!! Also the second about 8min fligt almost right after!

Nearly perfect conditions; 21Celsius (70F), only a little (cros)wind, partly cloudy and not too many spectators!

Skymaster BAe Red Arrows Hawk, Jetcat P120. Dry weight ca. 11,5kg (25lbs), 2x1950FAUP 5cell receiver packs, standard Jetcat ECU pack, no additional weight needed for balance. Stock SM pipe, SM scale gear with Robart valve and UP valve for brakes. Jr 8511 in elevator (x2) and flaps, 9411 for ailerons and nose wheel steering, Hitec 225MG for rudder.

Ground handling was easy, take-offs effortless, handling in the air very smooth and landings uneventful - almost 3000ft tarmac field made it a lot easier for nerves.

CG at 180mm as suggested, about 10mm flap at takeoff - little under 30mm for landing. Elevator about 40mm each side, ailerons 16mm, rudder 30mm. Flap-Ele mix a little too much for my taste (linear Ele mix from 0 to about 15mm (Up) with flap - the plane wanted to stay in the air forever - had to push a little in aproach.

BTW these were also my first ever turbine flights...hopefully lots more to come!

Sorry no video - will try to get a clip or two of the next flights. Few images though...

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