I saw a full scale Salto do a lumchavak once I'll never forget it . Smoke on the wing tips . Nice . The Pilatus looks better doing a low inverted pass but the Salto has that nimble, light look .
Please don't give Steve any more ideas on how to fly this in July...inverted and smoke on the wing tips....I suspect Steve would be the one to do just that...
Kevin -- you may want to truck on over to Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle and provide proper supervision.
Imagine if all the real estate around JR was grass. That's Lacolle. I figure I can do a one mile approach and land long one mile and still be on the field.
I got a few hours in yesterday. As the earlier shots showed, the interior was in a bit of a rough shape. Continuing the changes...
From raw ply to something that's close to the proper appearance.
Just don't look too closely or get your scale measuring gauge out!!
Installed with the 50% Axel pilot and the illusion is getting better
A sailplane designed by a woman deserves a female pilot. We're in love.
All of the wiring now runs below the cockpit. Done out in 14ga wire, 35A Anderson Power Poles.
I decided to curb all of the graphics, not replacing the "Unlimited Sailplane Aerobatics" one on the side, etc. Just a couple Glasflugel marks on the nose and tails. Simple is good on this one.
Still much to do before I smuggle this beauty over the Canadian border.
Looks great! From the looks of your pilots haircut.....I think she might be playing for "the other team"......not that there's anything wrong with that!
Vintage wood is the BEST! But....every now and then a plastic missile can be quite enjoyable!
It could be Sigourny Weaver in her Alien days . If you squint real hard .My favorite female pilot Is Svetlana Kapanina .
Maiden flight in the bag. Fourteen more too!!!!!! Two of them, darn near lost the thing in a spec out thermal!
The plane performs great. I have a launch pre-set that droops the ailerons about 1/8" and just one nearly imperceptible click of up elevator. We towed with a Top Model Porter running a DA120. No problems whatsoever. In fact, through the course of the weekend the only issues were when the tow pilot got a bit too aggressive -- this happened because the Salto takes off and initially climbs so well, if the tug then climbed too steeply the Salto showed it's weight and would stall (tug and sailplane). Overall, it is towing great.
Dive test was exciting. Tucked beautifully, if that was what we wanted. The resulting pull out proved there is a lot of carbon in those wings and it's doing its job. A mass of weight that included a giant machine washer is now tucked inside the nose -- I'll pull it all out, weight it and then replace with lead shot. At the current balance, it is flying very well.
Speed is a blast, of course. Big fat loops or tight ones. Or the extreme snap is sometimes fun to make the plane tumble around the sky. Roll is okay -- takes some time to move those 7 meter wings in a circle. Overall, it is a perfect plane for pushing hard, then pushing some more!
I have a "thermal" mode programmed which again droops the ailerons and adds a touch of up elevator together with a generous aileron-rudder mix. Grooves nicely in lift.
Landings are airbrake and a bit of up elevator mixed. We were flying in huge sod fields and it was possible to go way downwind, get the Salto about four feet off the ground and just run all the way back, play the blades in-n-out, touch down and do a long roll out right back to the launch spot.
Here are some photos from this past weekend flying in in Lacolle, Quebec, Canada...
Looks Great!!! I am sure She will do some super speed runs in at Cumberland. Question, does the round wing rod flex any.