Stabilization

Roll/Pitch Stabilization System

Pictures of the FMA Direct Co-Pilot installation …


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The FMA Co-Pilot has some complexity to it, so it’s important to read through the manual carefully to get it setup properly, and to get it calibrated properly at the field before flight. The manual explains quite a bit about how it works, and what it can and can’t do. It’s important to understand these things so you know the devices limits and what you can expect. I mounted my sensor on the centerline of the fuselage immediately behind the trailing edge of the wing. This gives …
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Overview

EGN Project Overview

My first goal is to have fun and use this as an outlet for a few ideas that have been bouncing around in my head. I have a life long love of aviation, airplane models, and computers so I would like to mix these together a bit.  I have an FMA Direct CoPilot IR stabilization system that I plan to use to keep the aircraft self stable. Notice that this is instead of any type of gyro/accelerometer/IMU unit. An IMU typically reports orientation as input to a flight computer which then does mathemagic to calculate servo positions …
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Construction

EGN Construction Log


img_2376 Please note: these entries are arranged in reverse chronological order with the newest entries at the top.

Maintanence Tasks

 

  • Engine installation.
    • Need to enlarge the cowl openings a bit for better engine access.
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  • Radio installation.
    • Need to fashion better strain relief for the antenna where it exits the fuselage.
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  • Apply decals.

May 13, 2005.

This project is officially moved over to active flight status!

May 11, 2005.

Today I threw on about 10.5 oz of lead up front to balance the airplane. I think we are just about ready to top off the …
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Super Sportster Mk I ARF

Super Sportster 40 Mk-I (ARF)

April 6, 2003

I bought this aircraft used off of Ebay, mostly on a whim. I threw in a last minute bid, and to my horror I won. Now what do I tell my wife?!? 🙂 I fixed up a number of things such as adding a tail wheel, putting checkerboard on the bottom of the wing, fixing some shipping damage, replacing a missing carburetor screw on the engine, etc. It is a very nice aircraft, a wonderful flyer, and looks very cool from every angle in the air and on the ground. I really …
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Ace High Mk-II

Ace High Mk-II

Built Spring 1987 – Sold July 2004.

This is a powered glider. It’s not the greatest flyer … it doesn’t glide all that well and really mushes around the sky, but can be fun diversion when I’m tired of punching holes in the sky with my Sweet Stik. I built it as a cheap project in college when funding was especially tight.


This is a picture I found on the web … I think this is from the original box art.


Posing in front of our Jewel St. house.


Posing with Hannah (about Age 3).…
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Mariner Construction

Lanier Mariner 40 ARF (Orange)

Construction log.


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June 13, 2003

I bought this aircraft NIB off of Ebay. It arrived today, Friday the 13th. I haven’t had a chance to begin assembly. I think I’ll need to get a flight pack + 1 servo first.

 

October 17, 2003

I was pretty fed up with all the stuff I was supposed to be doing so I pulled this out of the box to see if I could make any headway on it. Here are some pictures as it comes from the box.

 


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I am really …
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Ultra Sport 40 Assembly

Great Planes Ultra Sport 40 ARF (Red)

Initial Comments

This was my b-day present for May, 2002. My super sportster 60 construction project has been mostly stalled so I thought I’d see how things fared with an ARF. By the time my Super Sportster is ready to fly, I’ll have a large time/emotional investment in it so I would like to have some low wing tail dragger time in the log books before I actually try to fly the Super Sportster 60.

The skin of this aircraft is interesting. Typically, kit construction has you building up some sort of frame …
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Midwest Sweet Stik

Midwest Sweet Stik Pictures

Built: 1984
Engine: K/B 40 (1981)
Pilot: Curtis Olson
Mechanic: Curtis Olson
Photographer: Bob Hain
Camera: Sony Mavica

This plane has seen on and off action through the years. I did very little with R/C through college, and for a few years thereafter. I flew this airplane once or twice about 8 years ago and had a slight mishap due to radio interference. It turned out that it only needed minor repairs (whew) and I got it back in the air about two weeks later and dinged up the aileron due to a gust of wind …
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Fairchild F-24

Guillow’s Fairchild F-24 Project

When I was in Jr. high in Peru I built the Guillow’s Fairchild F-24. It was myfirst rubber band model that I actually got to fly for more that 10 feet.It was great, I would wind up the engine, stand on top some low bleachers, andsend the plane skyward across our local the soccer field. It would fly straight and true, climbing steadily and solidly until the rubber band engine unwound. Then it would lazily circle back down to the ground. We moved back to the USA after I finished Jr. high, but alas, all my …
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Sig Kadet Mk II

Sig Kadet Mk II


Kadet Mark II Box Art

Built sometime in 1983.
Destroyed sometime in 1984.

Well, they say you usually learn by your second plane. The Mk II added ailerons and on one fine day flying this aircraft I finally “got the hang of it.”

A few weeks later I was flying it when my throttle push rod “failed” leaving the engine running wide open. Of course the solution was to fly until it ran out of fuel, but apparently my on-board battery pack was showing signs of age and ran out before the fuel did. The plane …
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