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Flight Times

Postby SMS SO Rules » January 10th, 2010, 9:43 am

Based on this year's rules what are your best flight times.Our very best time was 2:52 minutes in a small middle school gym. It kept hitting and bouncing off the walls. Scared me and my partner whenever it got close to something. :o

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Re: Flight Times

Postby jander14indoor » January 10th, 2010, 11:02 am

That's a good time in a small gym. Nationals last year was in a small gym and the winning time was just over three minutes. This years times should be a little longer with the larger tails, but not much. In tall sites (like the field house where this years nationals will most likely be held) 4 minutes should be doable.

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Re: Flight Times

Postby blue cobra » January 11th, 2010, 1:36 pm

I was getting about 2 minutes in a fairly small gym.
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Re: Flight Times

Postby calgoddard » January 11th, 2010, 5:51 pm

Jeff:

The winning time at Nationals in 2005 Division C was reportedly around 7 minutes but with a two gram max motor.

The plane could have 50 x 10 cm main wing but had an 8 gram minium weight as I recall. Bi - planes were allowed, but the experts told our team not to bother with a bi - plane that year, for many reasons. They were right.

Under the 2010 Division B rules, and by extrapolation, I would not be suprised to see someone break five minutes at the 2010 Wright Stuff event at Nationals given the 98 foot ceiling there. Someone will almost assuredly break four minutes.

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Re: Flight Times

Postby calgoddard » January 12th, 2010, 8:43 am

I forgot to mention that the 2005 Wright Stuff Nationals were held at the University of Illinois, the same place where they will be held in 2010.

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Re: Flight Times

Postby Draylon Fogg » January 20th, 2010, 8:24 pm

ok so i am haveing lots of trouble... our current plane is only doing about 1:23 at its best and im really starting to worry... any ideas?
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Re: Flight Times

Postby jander14indoor » January 21st, 2010, 5:18 am

ok so i am haveing lots of trouble... our current plane is only doing about 1:23 at its best and im really starting to worry... any ideas?
Lots of ideas, check the other threads on this bulletin board and last years archive.

But if you can tell us more about your plane and how its flying we can be a lot more specific. Without that, all we can do is repeat advice given in the past on this forum.

Info needed. Design features of the plane, weight, wing size, tail size, prop size and pitch, length between wing and tail, cg location, trim settings. How its flying, what size (width) rubber motor, winds, torque (if you measure it), flight profile (climb, cruise, descent, turn radius (increasing or decreasing through flight)) roll, dutch roll or stalls (different things) height achieved, etc.

Note, 1:23 means the plan is actually flying, so you are well on the way to success. That would win or place at many invitationals. Not all, but many.

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Re: Flight Times

Postby eta150 » January 21st, 2010, 8:49 am

That would have won our regional last year, and would probably be a top 15 plane anywhere but the "elite" competitions (a couple states and invitationals, and nationals.)
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Re: Flight Times

Postby Draylon Fogg » January 21st, 2010, 6:52 pm

OK so as far as the plane, we have it working but on all of our attempts to get more built I've built them without problem but when it comes to flying they just don't seem to work, i mean when we glide test them they do great but when the rubber band goes on they fly for about two seconds and then nose dive.... Design features of the plane is the basic design of the one you buy on pitsco, weight is approx. 11g, wing size, tail size, prop size,are all the max sizes of the rules and the length between wing and tail is 5 1/2 inches... i know that's pretty vague but I'm at home and the plane is at school.
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Re: Flight Times

Postby jander14indoor » January 22nd, 2010, 3:44 am

OK, with that I can help.

First, 11 grams is WAY to heavy, build lighter. Minimum weight is 7 grams and you need to be close to that (within a couple of tenths of a gram) to fly three minutes. Heck, 1:23 with a 11 gram plane is actually pretty good.

Second, BUILD LIGHTER!

OK, first plane flying, but rest not. Same design? Check for trim differences. Are the wing and tail and the same relative angles? Is the center of gravity the same? Are the control settings the same? Are the wing and tail warps the same? Sometimes subtle differences in building can make the 'same' plane fly very different and you have to sort that out during the initial trim sessions.

Flight pattern. Very short flight then dive. Several possible problems.
Are you glide testing with the prop and rubber band? If not, the center of gravity may be shifting when you add the rubber band.
Check the plane before and after installing the wound motor. Does the motor stick bend significantly pulling the tail down? If so you need a stiffer motor stick.
Does the plane first nose up as if trying to climb hard, then fall off and dive? If so you have a power stall, need some down thrust in your prop mount.


Plane design:
There is no such thing as a max SIZE wing, only a max span. The rules limit span to 40 cm, but no limit on chord. You need to be flying on a 10 to 12 cm chord wing for max times. Note there is a bonus for narrow wings, but only for states or nationals, you have to get there first so go for a BIG chord at regionals. And only experimental data will tell if the narrow wings are worth there bonus.

Same story for tail, no chord limit. New rule this year, but there is some advantage to be gained with a wide chord tail, just not much data yet on how much.

Length between tail and wing. Seems a little short. Will be harder to trim. Very small changes between wing and tail angle make much bigger differences. Tend to be less forgiving when disturbed (ie you hit the ceiling). It also won't take as much advantage of that large tail if you use it. Note, none of the designs I saw on the Pitsco site are particularly good ones for SO.

That's the hints and tips I can see from what you've provided so far. Info on prop and rubber combo would be useful too.

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