Self-launching sailplane conversion

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SlowCo   10 MW

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Re: Self-launching sailplane conversion

Post by SlowCo » Aug 31 2022 11:08am

Very nice. Hope it will get you up safely in the air soon. How will the prop be positioned correctly to be able to retract it back into the hull?

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Re: Self-launching sailplane conversion

Post by AC5ME » Aug 31 2022 12:08pm

The electronic braking provides about 15lbs of force measured tangent to the rotor, I'm hoping this will be sufficient to prevent windmilling but I don't know until I do some flight testing. I have a mirror in the cockpit to verify the prop is vertical, I hope I can rotate the motor slowly enough to stop it there reliably.

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Re: Self-launching sailplane conversion

Post by SlowCo » Sep 01 2022 2:54pm

I hope you'll make a video of the first flight and post it here. Very interested.
And if you haven't seen this thread already it is worth reading: viewtopic.php?f=30&t=113852&start=125

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