Chad is up at 10:12 at flight line 2 so both he and Agnes headed to Henley feild after breakfast for some practice flights. Windy today with a 25k wind with higher gusts. Blowing out.
The rest of the team followed and after a quick stop at Henley field we went to Site 1 to see Jason Shulman of the USA and Hajime Hatta of Japan fly. We hoped to also see Andrew Jesky but time issues made this difficult. Will, Michi and the Chariady clan stayed behind to watch. They reported a solid flight.
|Daniel, Jason Shulman, Mark Atwood, Dave Stodart and Daniel's friend? :-)|
|Michi had a chance for a photo op with Hatta San and some of the Japanese team. I think it made his day!|
|Joseph Szczur, "Origami Style"|
|Agnes and Kelly guard the planes!|
|Watching Joseph's flight.... Chad is up next.|
|Seba's highly modified Hera|
The other pilots headed to Henley field for practice as they all fly in the afternoon session today. The gals went for some shopping and we checked Chad's scores. He scored a 432.2
We watched several flights on line 1 (as well as CPLR's flight) then headed to Henley field to check on the other team members practice session. There were several other teams on site including Sebastiano Silvestri with his Hera. Low and behold they were just finishing up when we arrived so.... you guessed it..back we went to the main site. :-)
Colin was the first team member up after lunch and had a pretty good flight. Some centering and radius issues along with a varied baseline conspired to reduce his score from his usual standard. He scored a 368.00.
|Mitch loves to smile for pictures... just not mine :-)|
Back to Henley field as Chad wanted to work on some elements. We watched the Japanese team go through both P & F rounds and then finished up early... still a long day for everyone.
|Team Japan packs up after practice.|
Our design will incorporate numerous features that have already been introduced into the precision aerobatic world... only we are taking it one step further!
The plane will feature four wings with the three top ones being anhedral and the bottom one straight. This will allow retracts as an option.... if you can find them of course. The plane will be powered by the new Plett motor with dual counter rotating blades that we affectionately call the "Ginsue".
Aerodynamic changes are also incorporated... A forward Canard wing with dual stabs will add incredible stability for both hot and high operations as well as cold and snowy conditions making this plane suitable for any schedule they may come up with in pretty much any location.
A split tail with crow in the ailerons coupled with the "Ginsue" prop system will allow this plane to virtually stop on the down-lines. Details are still in the works but a few photos below prove that we are serious!