Maiden Flight of My 105% Airtronics Aquila Sailplane

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Maiden Flight of My 105% Airtronics Aquila Sailplane

Post by KirtB » Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:00 am

Kirt Blatenberger with 105% Airtronics Aquila Sailplane

Back in the late 1970s I built an Aquila from plans that appeared in RC Modeler magazine, then I built another Aquila in the early 1980s from a kit. Both are long gone. About 6 months ago while waxing nostalgic about the Aquila, I decided to build another, but this time I had the plans enlarged to 105% to get the wingspan over 100" while not having to change airframe component sizes. This version has a .10 size electric motor for power. I wanted to determine the amount of down-thrust needed to prevent a nose-high climb prior to final nose shaping and canopy installation. For this maiden flight, there was about 8 degrees, which was not enough. It really needs about 12 degrees at full power. As you can see from the video, the flight went flawlessly. It was very gusty so I only put in one flight. The wing spoilers work like a charm …
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