Stephen barnes 2011-05-12 04:09:00
I’ve just finished my new Orion-E, built after a 10 year break from flying.
I’m having problems getting it to fly well under power though. I’ve set the
CG to the recommended place, and it glides quite nicely. However despite a
lot of tweaking it is horrible under power, the nose goes almost vertical,
and using the elevator to stop this makes it really squirm left and right.
The motor is a speed 400 with Rondo controller and Gunther prop, and
batteries are 7*1.0Ah hecells from Overlander. So far I’ve put more
downthrust on the motor, which does nothing, and i’ve chocked the wing up at
the front, which has helped a bit.
Can anyone make any suggestions?
Paul mcintosh 2011-05-12 04:09:12
Strange that propping up the front of the wing helps. I would expect just
the opposite. The reason the nose goes up is because of the extra lift
generated by the higher speed under power.
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The natural ph 2011-05-12 04:09:19
I’d agree with paul. Put the wing back where it was and move the CG
back, and ad some down trim to compensate. Check for wing warps to.
Tom gaskin 2011-05-20 17:48:52
I’ve been flying my Orion E since the beginning of the year, and yes – if
you trim it as per the instructions it will thermal a treat but will pitch
up almost vertical when you apply power.
I added a bit more downthrust to the motor which helped, but I eventually
used a free mixer on my transmitter to mix in a smidgeon of down trim (about
2mm down at full throttle) as you apply power.
Now it climbs at about thirty dgrees on full throttle, and transitions into
a nice glide as you shut the throttle.
Mine uses a Graupner 400 SPEED GEAR 4:1 with an 11 x 8 J.Perkins folding
Once sorted a very enjoyable model…