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Comment by Nathaniel Caner on August 17, 2010 at 7:45pm
Mark,

Nice camera angle, I'll have to try that one! I bet the wind really gets ripping on those open plains! Not much to stop them out there. At least you don't have to worry about losing it to a tree :)

Nathaniel
Comment by Mark Whitehorn on August 17, 2010 at 8:36pm
Thanks Nathaniel,

I realized after shooting this video that you can see the aileron control horn; not only can you tell how bumpy the air is from the wing flexing, but, as Curt Olson recently mentioned, you can tell what the control surface is doing. This came in handy when I was playing with a Futaba GY401 gyro on the roll axis. Proved that just as in full-scale (light) aircraft, you're wasting energy if you try to fight the small disturbances. The system just won't respond as quickly as the air can throw you around.

The wind around here can really fool you; some days you can take off in calm air, find it's 30 knots at 100' AGL as soon as you climb out, then end up landing in a high crosswind 5 minutes later. Fortunately we can land our Telemasters in the 50' width of the main runway.

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