Well I took my brand new Radian Pro out for it's maiden flight this morning. I had gone over everything that I could think of and did my checks pre flight. Had a nice field of alfalfa about 6 inches tall and a gentle breeze, a bit of fog yet but I wasn't planning on getting too carried away on my first flight.
Gave it about 3/4 throttle and threw it up and it took off great .... flew about 20 yards in a shallow climb, rolled over to the right and went nose down right into the ground. Did a fair amount of damage to the front cockpit .... nothing that a little glue and TLC probably can't fix. Been evaluating trying to figure what went wrong. Noticed that the screws that hold the wings on had moved .... is it possible that the screws weren't holding , or did it hit that hard? Left wing aileron arm came unhooked in the crash ... looks like the little ring keeper failed with the impact, it was in place on take off. I believe that the cause was my C G ... it was not as perfect as I would have liked, it was off about an inch... felt pretty good though. This is supposedly an easy bird to fly and launch but something wasn't right .... unfortunately I don't know what that something is ... yet. It did not seem to respond to commands to climb or turn which was puzzling and I gotta admit .... it is hard to watch something like that. I love that plane and it took me a long time to pull the trigger and buy it cause I am pretty careful with money. I wish I had someone to take me under his wing and help me evaluate ... feel kind of all alone and not sure what to do next. HELP?