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2008 the year of the Turbinator

Old 05-21-2020, 12:54 PM
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Looks nice, Good luck with your maiden !
Old 05-21-2020, 12:58 PM
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Thank you dwhorn.

Looks like the maiden day will be tomorrow, late in afternoon.


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Old 05-21-2020, 02:00 PM
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Good luck,
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Thanks Javad.

Fuel system checked and is all good, run the engine and no problems there either, got to CG it now.


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Old 05-22-2020, 02:15 AM
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Well, this Turbo is finally ready for the maiden, may happen today or Sunday, all looks good, there is only one thing that has me thinking but it won't stop the maiden.

It only took me 11 years and 5 months to build but it's finally build, it still needs some cosmetic things to be done to it, that will be done in the weeks to come.

I added 14 oz of lead in the nose, CG is about 1/2 inch back from the 7" mark, I forgot to place the 5K LIPO batt in the nose, adding the batt in the nose should move the CG to the 7" mark or very close to it.



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Old 05-22-2020, 02:22 AM
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Some fun pictures


Old 05-22-2020, 05:30 PM
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No maiden today, no time, now planing for Sunday.
Old 05-22-2020, 11:47 PM
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Ok, good thing that I didn't maiden today, the thing that kept me thinking has been resolved, the nose retract kept getting stuck some times in the up position, after talking to a friend and getting some ideas today I found the problem and it got fixed for good by adding two very thing spacers to the retract, the picture explains it better, also I had forgotten to set the throttle fail safe, I prefer to do that at home than at the field and I CG it again but, this time the ECU battery was added and as suspected that was enough to move the CG forward to the 7" mark, I also added a second small air tank to the brakes for more volume and weighted again for a final dry weight of 22,5 lbs.

Some pictures of it on the ground, I think it looks awesome.








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Old 05-23-2020, 03:55 AM
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Hey there,

All looks good specially your canopy on belly :-)),
Old 05-23-2020, 06:53 PM
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From the flying field, the maiden flight is done and it was a total success, with a twist on the landing, performance was off the hook, more later, I got to get dinner then home.
I got vids of the TO and the landing, will up load later.


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Old 05-23-2020, 07:43 PM
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Congrats! Plane looked great!

Nice save on the landing!




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Thank you, yeap! next time, more power Scotty
Old 05-23-2020, 11:02 PM
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The TO, this is the first TO ever, noticed a pair of wild ducks circling to the left of the runway, they were curious about the jet.

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The landing with a twist, the twist happened on short final, the right wing tip stall then a recovery to a landing, don't ask me how I manage to land it in one piece, hard to see, look between the trees and the power tower.


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Old 05-23-2020, 11:24 PM
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At the field I had to get the nose gear out of the plane to do a small fix, the brass pin couldn't get over the hump to rotate the gear down, I remember from 15 years ago Tam fixing this retracts by filing the tip of the hump, so I did and that fixed that problem then all the proper checks were done ( taxi, fail safe radio ) when I started the engine for the maiden flight I noticed fuel around the fuel filter, we tighten the Jetcat filter and tried again, this time more fuel came out of it, I swapped the Jetcat filter for a Kingtech filter and the jet was ready to fly, you can see the TO on the vid, the plan for the flight was simple, TO and do a few circles while checking stuff then land, for level flight it needed, about 4 clicks of right aileron and that was it, no elevator trim needed at all, I was impressed, with the throttle at 60% and heading into the wind I pushed the throttle to 100% and watched, the jet flew straight, no climbing or descending, perfect!

I flew the Turbinator with the recommended throws and they work just fine for my type of flying, high rate on the Elevators with 35% expo and low rate on the Ailerons with 25% expo, performed some split S, with gear down and first notch of flaps there was no trim change, with full flaps I had 3/32 of elevators down, it only needed two more clicks of down Elevator with full flaps deployed.

You can see the landing on the vid, next time I fly it I will keep up the speed all the way down to the runway.

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Old 05-23-2020, 11:41 PM
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Around 50 oz of fuel used on the 5 min flight + taxi to TO + taxi after landing.



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Old 05-24-2020, 04:36 AM
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I have been watching this thread from the get go. Congrats!!!!!!

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Old 05-24-2020, 05:17 AM
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Congratulations, nice one,
Old 05-24-2020, 06:20 AM
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Congratulations and many flights without problems.
Old 05-24-2020, 12:28 PM
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Thank you Scott, Javad and Dan, I sure needed a tap on the back after that landing.
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Day after the maiden, I'm still going through the maiden flight in my head of all the things that happened at the field before the maiden, specially the fuel leak at the last minute.

I have to say, thank you to my club friends that help me while I was there getting the Turbo ready.

I can tell you now, I'm excited about this jet, the performances I saw during the flight were better than expected, with that in mind I wouldn't have a second thought to build a second one, I got so comfortable with it right away.

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Old 05-24-2020, 12:55 PM
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No more flights this week, the temperatures in area are going to be way over 100, this will be the perfect time to go aver the jet to adjust the things that needs to be adjusted and to stretch some of the monokote, I should be hearing from Callie Graphics soon, I placed my graphics for the Turbo about a month ago also time to paint the frame on the canopy and build a cockpit for may pilot, the Turbo pilot is the same pilot that flew my first ducted fan jet over 16 years ago, a JHH mirage build by my late friend John H.

Thank you to all that have followed this thread from the very beginning or from two months ago, it has been an interesting build up to the maiden flight, I will do some updates now and then.

AND, it's time to prepare for the next build, an 85% Reaction for my P60, never stop building and flying )

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Old 05-24-2020, 01:12 PM
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Nick, thank you for posting the pictures.
Old 05-24-2020, 02:20 PM
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You are welcome,

You did it, very well,

Watching your take off, it doest look a heavy jet at all, it lift up very easy, and not running too long before take off. So prediction weight of 22lbs and final weight of 28lbs, is not a problem at all,

Good idea, don't rush to fly, check everything, including all your linkage, Hinges, etc, then go for fun ,
Javad,
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Congrats, Carlos.

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