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  • Homemade Aircraft for Under $1000 (FlugTag Style)

    Actually we had spoilerons, you can see the right one come up to level the craft just before landing. Yes wright shifting is there too but there isn't much time to figure out what to do in 2.5 seconds. We put the pilots 6 inches in from of CG and directly on CL. Seemed to work out well, he could and shifted back about 1/2 way down and probably gone another 30 feet. But he had never flown anything so we just told him to hold on and let the plane for the work. When I flew it in tests, I used weight and controls like I fly a paraglider. But I am 180lbs and he was 120lbs. Weight over skill for the competition.

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  • Homemade Aircraft for Under $1000 (FlugTag Style)

    They gave us a printed rule-book and it didn't mention testing. Nothing was ever available online. We posted our testing video right to the rest of the group as we did it, and it actually made us quite popular at the event. We became known as the "Guys that crashed on the lake." No one complained to us about testing. For all the safety calls they went through, the actual safety inspection was quite tame. We were asked to put some duct tape over the bolts on our wheels. My only complaint was that on the ramp I got into an argument with the flight director over our wheels. I had a piece of steel all-thread as an axel but I don't think he saw that. He probably assumed I had a bolt into wood which would have failed. They only gave us 40 feet of run up. If we had the full 70 feet w...

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    They gave us a printed rule-book and it didn't mention testing. Nothing was ever available online. We posted our testing video right to the rest of the group as we did it, and it actually made us quite popular at the event. We became known as the "Guys that crashed on the lake." No one complained to us about testing. For all the safety calls they went through, the actual safety inspection was quite tame. We were asked to put some duct tape over the bolts on our wheels. My only complaint was that on the ramp I got into an argument with the flight director over our wheels. I had a piece of steel all-thread as an axel but I don't think he saw that. He probably assumed I had a bolt into wood which would have failed. They only gave us 40 feet of run up. If we had the full 70 feet we probably would have gone a lot further.

    It was a lot of fun and motivated me to work on a project I had been thinking about for a long time.

    Simply time. It's one thing to do a 3 square feet of a model airplane, entirely different to do 360 square feet. And iron is not practical and does not shrink the material up enough to yield the quality of a heat gun. Just turn down the temp of your heat gun and go slow, you won't burn any holes. It just took a while to learn the right settings, speed and technique.

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  • Homemade Aircraft for Under $1000 (FlugTag Style)

    Thanks, I did that from my phone and couldn't figure out how to do links but I will do that.

    There will definately be followups. This was a very educational experience and showed me just what was possible with these materials and techniques. Right now I am starting in an electric powered version.

    No where in the rules does it say you can't do test flights. Most people just don't have time, they build theirs just a few weeks before the event. We were done with 6 weeks to spare just to allow time for testing and repairs. The height varies by location, Nashville was supposed to be 22' and they raised it to 25' at the last minute. With 30' we would have had just enough to catch ground effect and set the world record. This is a vastly superior design to the chicken Whisperers, but we only had a 22' wingspan and 25' of height to work with. The cart height is now a 4' high max. A hang glider of equivalent surface area will lose to a low wing every time due to ground effect. The closer a wing is to the water, the more lift you get. The only advantage to a hang glider is that it's more b...

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    No where in the rules does it say you can't do test flights. Most people just don't have time, they build theirs just a few weeks before the event. We were done with 6 weeks to spare just to allow time for testing and repairs. The height varies by location, Nashville was supposed to be 22' and they raised it to 25' at the last minute. With 30' we would have had just enough to catch ground effect and set the world record. This is a vastly superior design to the chicken Whisperers, but we only had a 22' wingspan and 25' of height to work with. The cart height is now a 4' high max. A hang glider of equivalent surface area will lose to a low wing every time due to ground effect. The closer a wing is to the water, the more lift you get. The only advantage to a hang glider is that it's more balanced laterally, but far more prone to stalling or nosediving with an inexperienced pilot. A canard will yield a very large CG, and much more consistent results. The main reason we choose a canard was rhat it had more wing for 4 people to push on. I wasnt really a fan when we started, but after a lot of research amd testing, it proved the best. You can use these same techniques to build any style you desire, maybe you can build a hang glider that can do better. There were several well build hang gliders at Nashville and they all did less than 40'.

    We had 4 irons going but they only do a about 3 1/2 at a time and it was VERY slow. Probably 40 hours of iron work alone to do 360 square feet of covering. You are more than welcome to try, but we found that a good temperature regulated heat gun is at least 10 times faster, you just have to be careful.

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  • Homemade Aircraft for Under $1000 (FlugTag Style)

    I'm working on making a complete build process video but it's going to take a while to compile several hundred hours of footage. You can see a lot of stuff on Facebook at @tnflugtag or tnflugtag.comThis was an early testing video: https://www.facebook.com/tnflugtag/videos/140558703197331/The notorious lake crash: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Hx-dwXilTY&t=9sZipline Testing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5b5VmThmSuEJust our flight: https://www.facebook.com/tara.holancinhart/videos/10214275566030003/The official RB video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dppeL1F9oA4

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    I am going to rank this right up there with the worst ideas I have ever heard. Someone is going to try this, screw it up, kill someone and sue. Points for creativity, and it would work, but when an error means death, probably not worth it. I would take this one down.

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