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 Post subject: Re: RC Today Show 146: Crossing Over
PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2015 8:58 pm 
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It's a "car-portable" airplane.

It's really a hang-glider masquerading as a sailplane.

I checked one out in 2008, in France.

It's currently out of production. I think people couldn't get over that it was a single seat aircraft. And the motor took some time to crank up, and start.

There's an electric version.

There's one for sale in Europe, every now and then. I'm keeping my eyes peeled for one. I think there's actually one in the UK for sale. But I haven't heard back from them.

It would be a great plane to experiment with.

https://sites.google.com/site/alatusm/


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 Post subject: Re: RC Today Show 146: Crossing Over
PostPosted: Sat Mar 28, 2015 12:14 pm 
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We're off to Florida for spring break.
We plan on visiting the U-Flyit facility in Deland FL to get a look at Aerolite 103s. Weather permitting, my sone and I will get some ultralight training. I'm stoked. It'll be nice to be at the controls of an aircraft again. I"m soooooo close to getting my wife to sign of on one...LOLs...sooooo close...LOLs.

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 Post subject: Re: RC Today Show 146: Crossing Over
PostPosted: Sat Mar 28, 2015 6:46 pm 
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That is very cool!

Congrats, be sure to report back on your experience.

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 Post subject: Re: RC Today Show 146: Crossing Over
PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2015 7:26 pm 
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We got to fly today!



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And checked out the Aerolite 103...It's a serious, well designed, well made and good looking airplane...:
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Still on the road. Will report further later...


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 Post subject: Re: RC Today Show 146: Crossing Over
PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2015 9:27 pm 
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Here's a quick write-up:
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/u-fly-it ... than-baron

It's an impressive plane...I'm still holding out.
Apparently, Dennis has an electric power system in the works...

This summer, we're going to Europe where I'll hopefully get to fly an X-Air H again, and check out the Alatus-ME.


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 Post subject: Re: RC Today Show 146: Crossing Over
PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2015 3:28 am 
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We're in France...


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Sadly the Alatus is gone...and out of production.

But we did get to fly the X-Air again...

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 Post subject: Re: RC Today Show 146: Crossing Over
PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2015 7:35 am 
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Those little X-Air designs are cute. :)

How's the control harmony?

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 Post subject: Re: RC Today Show 146: Crossing Over
PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2015 11:06 am 
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JustPlaneChris wrote:
Those little X-Air designs are cute. :)

How's the control harmony?


In one word: Calm

There is very little coupling between the axis.
Perhaps the most significant is the throttle to pitch coupling, which is slightly positive. Power up and the nose pitches up. Throttle down, and the nose pitches down. Nothing significant, just enough to keep airspeed in the ballpark and translate power into rate of climb and descent.
There is little aileron to rudder coordination required. The ball stays centered most of the times, even without or with minimum rudder. However, to get into an angle of bank quickly, one leads with rudder then corrects with aileron.

Probably one of my favorite aspects of this airplanes controls are the dual, left hand throttles. The one we flew had a Rotax 912is. There was no choke to fiddle with. Push go faster, pull go slower...simple as that, from either seat. Sweet.

I was offered a flight in their new Sensation. Sadly time ran out. Maybe next year.
Check it out:
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Specifically, check out the prop tips:
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"Ultralights" here are a slightly bit more regulated, but are a lot less restrictive. One is required to pass a written exam 30/40, a medical exam (but not a full aeromedical - just to make sure you can see and have 4 functioning limbs) and get checked out by an instructor.

For that you can fly with a passenger, in a bigger aircraft, that can be as cool as this one, the Blackshape Prime:


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 Post subject: Re: RC Today Show 146: Crossing Over
PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2015 11:51 am 
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Wow, that Blackshape is SEXY!

http://www.blackshapeaircraft.com/en/

They are a little confused though, their "Light Sport" version isn't legal for that category since it has retractable gear. Still pretty though. :)

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 Post subject: Re: RC Today Show 146: Crossing Over
PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2015 6:47 pm 
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JustPlaneChris wrote:
Wow, that Blackshape is SEXY!

http://www.blackshapeaircraft.com/en/

They are a little confused though, their "Light Sport" version isn't legal for that category since it has retractable gear. Still pretty though. :)


Indeed. Shame that it cannot be imported into the US as a RTF aircraft. It is too complex to fit in our LSA category, and thus can only be certificated Part 23 aircraft.

Here's another plane, in the same class. It holds the world speed record for a light piston engine aircraft (300kmh-186mph). Amazing considering the tiny engine:
http://www.shark.aero
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I think it can be brought to the US as a kit.


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