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Glenn, yes, I'd like to have a video of that whole chain of events. I figured one of two things were going to take place. If it was easier to fly than our Cub, then I could fly it just fine and let Chandler fly it the second time. If, as I suspected, it wasn't, then I'd be the one to crunch it so Chandler didn't have the guilt. Obviously scenario number 2 was the case.
Chandler is absolutely fascinated by RC, but he has developed (justifiably so) an apprehension that I don't want him to have. We waited until late yesterday afternoon for the wind to die off so we could fly the RC Cub. He kept saying he just wanted to "taxi". We walked out behind the hangar to "the taxiway to nowhere" and I told him that he needed to fly it. He did, and flew well, but after a couple of ovals he pulled the power and was going to land. I told him to power up and fly it for a while. Everything was going well so I figured why not run the battery out. Chandler's perspective was, everything had gone well up to that point, so why not land and go home without another RC tragedy. He flew it a few more ovals and set it down in the field.
I hadn't thought of CG, just kind of figured the batteries sit where they sit and the manufacturer figured all that out. We didn't hurt the T28 engine or prop, the fuselage took a good hit, so we ordered a replacement. The wings are fine, and so is the empennage. Even the break away cockpit was fine, except our pilot came unglued, but we fixed that. I think one of my problems with the 28 was flying it too fast, it's a lot quicker than the Cub. I should have reduced power to whatever was needed to keep it in the air, and adapted to it at that speed.
I can't imagine spending months/years, building an RC plane and flying it. A friend of mine is prez of a big bank in Dallas. He got mesmerized by RC flight a few years ago. One Saturday he called me in a panic and asked if I could fly recon in my Cub over a wooded area where he just lost his RC plane. His plane was an L39 ducted fan with a 10' wingspan. He couldn't get to where he thought it went in. I launched and looked for an hour, to no avail. A month later he called me to tell me that he had purchased an identical L39, launched it on the maiden flight, but was so nervous he flew it right into the ground. He subsequently has taken up skeet
We'd be happy if we could get good enough to fly the big Carbon Cub sans disaster. Right now, at $259.00 a minute, there are a lot of 1:1's we could be flying without the trauma. Somehow I think we'll work through this.
Insurance is another thought, although at this point we are flying on acres of ground with no one but the two of us, with slow airframes. I can see having it as this progresses.
Congrats Lady Jo on your new acquisition!