ouch! Wingo had a bad crash (Pictures )
had a bad crash this morning - countless hours worth of fixing...
luckily it was just the Aiptek on board, impact after 104s - and again I did not manage to get the video out of the camera
tail rod bent and broken - maybe I'll replace it with carbon fibre alltogether fuselage cracked quite a bit more - I will use glass fibre to glue pieces together - the styro is still needed to soften impacts
godfrey: wind or other caused crash?
I dont know - I noticed one prop was broken, but not sure if it was the impact or if it decomposed during the flight.
Suddenly it went into a steep dive and I was not able to do anything - it was flying fine (excellent!) in the first flight with the lame 6cells, the second flight with 7 cells was meant to produce a video with the Aiptek...
Next time I will do a stress test at home first... after the wing is fixed that is - just minor damage on the wing which was still firmly attached on the ground - and the aluminium rod bent right under the wing attachment maybe the tail broke during flight - it might have shifted, as the epoxy was not as plentyful like I thought between the glass fibre and the rod
After lots of fixing and changes the Porter was back in the air last night and this morning.
quite hard to control, I had to correct a lot up and to the left - more than I could fix with pitch. At 1min 30s I loose the controls, and the plane goes in a steep decline - zero throttle, plane catches up
a lot of shaking at low speeds
buzzing all over my head - I did not want to go too high because there was traffic on the nearby airport
speed diving, near misses
it is 6.15am - waiting for the nikon battery to get loaded. Weather conditions look fine. I will go to the Birrfeld airfield again just to make sure one more time everything is fine before I fly again over houses and roads with traffic.
video clip 1 (6.8MB 320x240 10fps 3+min)
Pictures taken with the Nikon Coolpix 880 after this not very encouraging flight above.
on the Nikon I also had a partial loss of control when the plane was at quite some distance - regained controls quickly.
I should have taken more pictures
On landing I had a stall about 1m above ground, and then the plane dropped. The Nikon cam case disconnected from the plane nicely as planned, even the servo plus disconnected from the receiver -> no damage to anything
video clip 2 (7.7MB 320x240 10fps 3+min)
this one looks a bit as if I should have cleaned the lense before taking off. The first 2 mins are rather shaky, but then I got a good speed and still air for big circles at low hight
I received the Kodak mc3 and a 256MB CF card when I came back, eager to try that now...
First I broke the tail at about 20mins pas six am - enough time to fix it and go fly again.
video clip 1 (13.6MB 320x240 20fps 6min 50sec) the whole story of this morning
video clip 2 (12MB 320x240 20fps 5min 50sec) best flight video
practising with the Kodak mc3 I made a capital mistake - flew into the sun and when I figured where the plane was, it was heading straigt down...
I took a panoramic view before taking off
and another one after crashing (to test the camera - working fine...)
looks like it is time for me to redesign the whole stuff...
before I dump it in the trash bin....
thoughts I had on the way back (car drive video clip low bandwidth)
I guess this porter came to an end. My test fuselage did not make it for long, but it looked very practical before it broke :-)
Having done my paperwork, I went for a flight with the Multiplex TwinStar I bought on Ebay and fixed recently.
As the old Wingo Porter is dumped (and the new one is still in the box) I thought I give the TwinStar a try.
I was not very successfull - had about 5mins of flight, but that was enough to realize that this plane will not help much in carrying a camera...