Smart Trainer Photo Shoot

Design Observations

I really like the looks of this aircraft.  It is a unique combination of design choices that I think should provide a nice balance of good flying qualities and lots of aerobatic capability.

It calls itself a trainer, but it is not a “learn to fly” trainer.  Instead it positions itself as an entry level pattern ship.  It is light weight which means it should maneuver effortlessly and not have bad habits.  It has long lines so it should fly like it is on rails.  It has thickened wing tips so it should have excellent slow speed characteristics and be adverse to tip stalling.  Oh, and it also has all the design elements you’d want for effortless knife edge and inverted flight.  The aircraft has a semi-symmetrical airfoil.  Most aerobatic planes pick a fully symmetrical airfoil, but in my opinion, across the flight regime that this aircraft covers, the choice of airfoil shouldn’t make much difference.

While I am grounded and waiting for the snow to melt around here I took a couple pictures:

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I am hoping this will be a fun airplane to go out and cut up the sky with classic pattern style aerobatics.


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  1. Hey there,
    I just got pack in town and my 10 year old son Joshua has started putting this new smart trainer together. I will get it air worthy tomorrow afternoon so that we can maiden the plane this Saturday. Good luck with yours.

    David Mays
    Lincolnton, North Carolina

    1. I’ll probably be waiting another 2 weeks (or more) before the snow melts off around here, but I’m really looking forward to flying this one. For various reasons it’s been too long since I’ve had a plane that I can just take up and horse around the sky a bit. If you run into any questions on the assembly I can at least tell you what I did. Took me a bit of head scratching to figure out the plastic wing attach tabs. Also some of the hardware I got was random and didn’t match the instructions or the airplane. Ended up with a few left over screws that don’t seem to be for anything. I had a problem with the prop nut … hopefully I just got a bad one, but the threads on it were all screwed up. The scary thing is that it almost worked and I almost used it. In the end I found a different nut in my odds and ends that worked a lot better. I read online that people used soapy water on the surface of the airplane before laying down the big stickers … I don’t have much experience with these, so I gave it a try and if nothing else, the wet surface was less sticky so I got second chances to pull things back and realign them. In the end they didn’t come out perfect, but as long as you don’t cross check one side vs. the other too closely I think they turned out pretty nice. Good luck on Saturday, hope you have some great flights! (Minneapolis, MN here)