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Old 03-17-2014, 04:22 AM   #2551
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From the float fly last Saturday. CZ Carbon Cub, Magic, and. Apprentice.

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Old 03-17-2014, 04:49 AM   #2552
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Float fly?

Here the water is solid again....Saturday it was 70.

sigh.
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Old 03-17-2014, 11:21 AM   #2553
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From the float fly last Saturday. CZ Carbon Cub, Magic, and. Apprentice.

Is that a Magic 3D I spy?
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Old 03-19-2014, 02:53 PM   #2554
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In between dropping tiny screws on the floor that zip off into the 8th dimension while assembling my "Ready to Fly" Sky Surfer, I've been using the easyFly 4 simulator.
It reminded me that I'm better at making left turns than right turns. Come to think of it, on dirt bikes, too.
Anyone else?
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Old 03-19-2014, 04:13 PM   #2555
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Old 03-20-2014, 10:25 AM   #2556
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You get used to steering the plane all over.

I'm biased in right rolling harriers, but can fly left/right in any other attitude just fine.
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Old 03-20-2014, 12:37 PM   #2557
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New toy on it's way!



Got rid o my Gaui X2 and this will take it's place.

6S powah!!!!

Can't wait.
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Old 03-20-2014, 04:01 PM   #2558
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My RC nut neighbor is trying to convince me to get an Apprentice S, however I absolutely do not get along well with tricycle landing gear. My T28 and I just never got along when it comes to landings.

I was wondering if I could convert it to a taildragger and then make a stand that holds it level when initializing and calibrating the SAFE system? Would that cause any problems on initial rollout with the plane thinking its too nose high?
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Old 03-21-2014, 03:43 PM   #2559
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My RC nut neighbor is trying to convince me to get an Apprentice S, however I absolutely do not get along well with tricycle landing gear. My T28 and I just never got along when it comes to landings.

I was wondering if I could convert it to a taildragger and then make a stand that holds it level when initializing and calibrating the SAFE system? Would that cause any problems on initial rollout with the plane thinking its too nose high?
Are you a beginner? Trike gear is better if you're starting out. Tail-draggers are definitely harder to control on the ground. If you have trouble with the nose gear, you might have trouble with prop strikes on a tail-dragger.
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Old 03-21-2014, 04:38 PM   #2560
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I haven't found that to be the case. Trike gear may be better on a nice hard surfaced runway but I've always found it to be a PITA on the grass runways at the fields our club flies from. My first glow powered plane was a Kadet LT-25 so I might be biased.
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Old 03-21-2014, 06:47 PM   #2561
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I can see someone not having problems with a tail-dragger or tailwheel plane, some people just 'get' it.
Off grass is a lot easier than off pavement, of course.

I would be surprised that someone would have trouble with a trike setup, assuming the setup was OK.

I could see problems dialing in a perfect trike landing if tailwheel was learned first.
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Old 03-21-2014, 07:33 PM   #2562
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I haven't found that to be the case. Trike gear may be better on a nice hard surfaced runway but I've always found it to be a PITA on the grass runways at the fields our club flies from. My first glow powered plane was a Kadet LT-25 so I might be biased.
I agree. Tricycle gear is a PITA on grass unless you have big honking wheels.
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Old 03-21-2014, 11:09 PM   #2563
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I would say I'm an intermediate. I have a T28 that I do ok with on everything but take offs and landings. All my taildraggers and my Radian, I can grease landings no problem and take off is easy too.

90% of my flying is done off of grass. However even on pavement the T28 gives me fits. Setup seems to be ok, my neighbor can fly it ok, I just don't have the tricycle gene I guess.

Anyway, beyond that, any issues with converting the Apprentice S to taildragger?
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Old 03-22-2014, 03:14 AM   #2564
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Anyway, beyond that, any issues with converting the Apprentice S to taildragger?
I don't think there would be a problem with the stability gizmo if it can initiate itself as usual. I suspect the issues will be maintaining the CG (Center of Gravity) and getting the plane to sit on the new tail wheel once you remove the nose gear.
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Old 03-22-2014, 01:31 PM   #2565
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Nah. Converting to tail dragger is as easy as it can be. The hard part is finding suitable structure to mount the new main gear to. I've had to cut out the bottom of the fuselage on a couple airplanes and epoxy in a plywood gear mount plate, then reinforce it with triangle stock. The only bit of engineering is to make sure the mains are at least on, preferably forward, of the CG. Generally, I've found the hardest part to be engineering a steerable tailwheel. I've converted a couple tricycle trainers to taildraggers, and always liked them better that way.
I haven't had any experience with the self-stabilization thingies, but I couldn't imagine that it would give you much trouble. And if you're flying taildraggers, you probably don't need it anymore anyway.....
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