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02-02-2019, 08:14 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,787
Posted By Smooth Pilot

The Chrysler Pacifica and the equivalent Dodge...

The Chrysler Pacifica and the equivalent Dodge van with the rear drop down seating are probably the best. Earl Haury has one with an aluminum frame that holds two pattern planes with a bunch of room...
10-31-2018, 05:31 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 15,035
Posted By Smooth Pilot

Count me in. I am looking forward to it. ...

Count me in. I am looking forward to it.

Sheldon
09-20-2018, 12:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 715
Posted By Smooth Pilot

I want to thank everybody who attended and all...

I want to thank everybody who attended and all who helped out. Despite the rain showers that delayed things a couple of times, we managed to get it done. I hope that everyone had a good time. If...
02-14-2018, 11:00 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 12,396
Posted By Smooth Pilot

Angry Here are some photos: First up is the...

Here are some photos:
First up is the stabilizer with some tape to hold the elevator in place and provide some friction on the leading edge so the frame does not slide down the leading edge. Second...
02-13-2018, 09:55 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 12,396
Posted By Smooth Pilot

If you removed the tape that prevents the...

If you removed the tape that prevents the elevator from moving in relation to the stabilizer use some masking tape and re-tape it to make sure the stabilizer/elevator cannot move. Then set the...
02-05-2018, 06:46 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 12,396
Posted By Smooth Pilot

I had the same issues on both my wings and there...

I had the same issues on both my wings and there are two solutions that come to mind. 1) On the aileron bottom you can cut a small square out of the composite to size with a very sharp #11 blade....
02-02-2018, 02:52 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 12,396
Posted By Smooth Pilot

Here are three photos that should help with your...

Here are three photos that should help with your installation. As you can see I just added two pieces of 3/16-inch plywood for the legs, used epoxy to keep them secure, located where to drill through...
01-31-2018, 07:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,145
Posted By Smooth Pilot

I watched Bryan maiden the Allure bipe. Looked...

I watched Bryan maiden the Allure bipe. Looked like it was flying well. Could be a real competitive plane.

Sheldon
01-31-2018, 07:09 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 12,396
Posted By Smooth Pilot

I will try to get some up this week. Pretty busy...

I will try to get some up this week. Pretty busy here taking advantage of flyable days when they are here. Hang in there.

On another note, I am so pleased with the flying characteristics of this...
01-29-2018, 12:48 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 8,420
Posted By Smooth Pilot

Let's face it guys, You cannot make every sport...

Let's face it guys, You cannot make every sport pilot a pattern flyer wannabe. If they want to fly and compete in pattern, they will find a way. An enthusiastic pattern student is hard to find. I...
01-24-2018, 04:49 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 12,396
Posted By Smooth Pilot

Quick update on some recent change to the...

Quick update on some recent change to the controls on the Caressa. I increased the esc brake to 40% and slowed the channel speed on the throttle so that throttle up on coming off the brake is...
01-24-2018, 04:33 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 12,396
Posted By Smooth Pilot

I do not do pull/pull. I installed my rudder...

I do not do pull/pull. I installed my rudder servo in the aft end of the fuselage and used a pushrod for the rudder. Look at the photo in message 32 just below the stab you can see the rudder servo...
01-24-2018, 04:27 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 12,396
Posted By Smooth Pilot

Sure, put your servo case on the wing or...

Sure, put your servo case on the wing or stabilizer in the proper position and scribe around it with a #11 blade. Get the servo out of the way and carefully cut into the composite with a very sharp...
01-22-2018, 11:49 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 8,420
Posted By Smooth Pilot

Probably using gyros in Sportsman may be an...

Probably using gyros in Sportsman may be an initial help, but would rapidly become a hindrance as the pilot progressed because of the dependence on the system to fly smoothly. Even my sport planes...
01-22-2018, 11:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,357
Posted By Smooth Pilot

I am currently flying the new updated version of...

I am currently flying the new updated version of the Shinden which is called the Caressa. The lading gear mount and installed battery tray do not really conflict if you make a minor modification to...
01-15-2018, 07:27 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 8,420
Posted By Smooth Pilot

Pattern promotion is the only way we can get new...

Pattern promotion is the only way we can get new pilots involved. Some pilots have told me that flying pattern is boring because you just do the same maneuvers over and over again, but strangely,...
01-12-2018, 08:05 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 8,420
Posted By Smooth Pilot

I never encourage a new person that is interested...

I never encourage a new person that is interested in pattern to buy a 2M plane to start with in sportsman. In fact, I competed in sportsman for the first season with a .60 size Stick and won or...
01-11-2018, 07:55 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 8,420
Posted By Smooth Pilot

I agree with Mavros. Becoming a good aerobatic...

I agree with Mavros. Becoming a good aerobatic pilot is a skill set that that only practice can bring. Adding gyros and eliminating the box will only make the pilot lazy and the precision will be...
01-03-2018, 12:28 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 12,396
Posted By Smooth Pilot

No problem Ben. The Carresa did not need...

No problem Ben. The Carresa did not need incidence adjusters as the factory setting was just right. good luck.

Sheldon
01-02-2018, 07:12 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 12,396
Posted By Smooth Pilot

I am using an Airtronics SD-10G even though they...

I am using an Airtronics SD-10G even though they have been discontinued. Sanwa supplied an extra set of stronger springs with the transmitter. Earl Haury told me that he makes his own springs when...
12-31-2017, 09:25 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 12,396
Posted By Smooth Pilot

Have not updated for awhile so here is the...

Have not updated for awhile so here is the latest. Could not get a good level knife edge pass by adjusting the CG, so I gave up and did a little bit of rudder to elevator mix to cure that. It does...
12-06-2017, 01:09 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 12,396
Posted By Smooth Pilot

Thanks Gary. See you next year. Sheldon

Thanks Gary. See you next year.

Sheldon
12-05-2017, 09:34 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 12,396
Posted By Smooth Pilot

I have about 25 flights on the Caressa now and I...

I have about 25 flights on the Caressa now and I am rapidly getting used to the softer sticks. The throttle curve has been set for some time now and the ESC was reprogrammed for 30% brake. All...
11-21-2017, 12:23 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 12,396
Posted By Smooth Pilot

After another day of flying, I noticed two...

After another day of flying, I noticed two things. First, and really scary, was that two of the screws holding the motor to the firewall had vibrated loose and fallen into the cowl. I checked the...
11-20-2017, 01:13 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 12,396
Posted By Smooth Pilot

Ben, I will have to let Bryan answer those...

Ben, I will have to let Bryan answer those questions as I do not have any info on the Shinden at hand. I do know that it is taller due to the landing gear and the vertical fin is larger. Measured in...
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