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MY first flight

Old 08-20-2006, 09:56 PM
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Tonight was my first flight ever. and i did it all by myself. no prior training! I have a gws estarter. upon taxing it down the runway i discovered no matter how far i pushed the rudder to the right it still turned violently to the left.[&:]! so yeah even thought the haves of the fuse were lined up the landing gear didnt go in straight! no wonder it didnt taxi straight. so i ge it on a goot take off surface and JAM the throtle wide open and pull back on the elevators[>:]!! WOOHOO! take off in about 8 feet i flew for about 50 yards in a semi circle finding out how sensitive the controls really are[X(]( my first flight ever remind you)!! i landed and tore the landing gear right off well alright i needed to glue them on straight anyways. well now what! im not letting that get me down. HANDLAUNCH!!! my second attempt was much better i circled the field several times the flight was about 5 mins.

now to the question the plane seems to roll to the right or left and side slip rather quickly mind you. so I let go of the stick and throttle it down and it leveled out. back on the throttle and away i go again. Is this because i am making the plane turn too hard? it only seems to happen when im trying to turn the plane. What else could be causing this?

Oh yes it went into another spiral death spin about 10 yards from the ground having logged my 5 mins 22.4 seconds of flight time im not that fast on the stick and only managed to level it out just before a fast and furious landing. and I broke my prop! not bad i might say for my first flight. really wish I had an instructor after reading some of the horror stories about first solo flights.
Old 08-20-2006, 10:07 PM
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Default RE: MY first flight

Congrats and sorry

The question is- did you control the model or it had its own mind?
Old 08-20-2006, 10:16 PM
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the second time i controled it i could go up and down and left and right but when i was really trying to turn it that it started to slip. that why im wondering if it was from turning too hard.
Old 08-20-2006, 11:29 PM
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Default RE: MY first flight

Speaking as one who has also recently started flying RC aeroplanes, chances are it was pilot error. Please do not take this as a criticism, I also thought the 'plane was not responding to my control inputs but with more experience I realized it was my error usually. The other issue you face is wind, if there is even a strong breeze it might overpower your controls.

Anyway, enjoy !
Old 08-21-2006, 11:17 AM
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Default RE: MY first flight

You probably need someone to help you, and to get the plane "trimmed"
properly. Unless the plane is trimmed out and flying straight....it will not
act properly, and will do all kinds of nasty things that will result in a crash. []

FBD.
Old 08-21-2006, 09:14 PM
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Default RE: MY first flight

Rob,

Flyboy is right. Sounds like you may have a balance problem also. If the plane is very touchy and extremely bank sensitive you may be tail heavy. Good for 3-D bad for learning!!![:'(] The slip thing is weird though... Either your describing something else or you've got some heavy thumbs. Either way to slip you godda be cross-controlled and have that rudder smashed down!! If the tail is inside your turn your slipping if its outside your skidding!! That said its hard to slip or skid by accident, you pretty much have to intentionally make that happen. Rubber side down Boys!!

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