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  1. It seems there is an issue with applying "symmetrical" breaks with open trimmers on your wing (I tried to copy and paste from the manual but it doesn't work from a PDF) So I would advise to fly with speed bar off and trimmer in when its hairy (as we both already do) Best efficiency is in that configuration anyway and is how I fly 99% of the time including 100+ mile xc flights.... more interested in a leisurely meander than blowing my eyebrows off
  2. I couldn't find the manual for the "2" but the Gin Pegasus seems to be a sensible safe wing where breaks can be used in all configurations. I'm sure most of the more recent wings are the same. Coming from thousands of hours of free-flight, it would be unwise of me to fly a wing that forbids the use of breaks as I find it very, very difficult not to instinctively revert to active flying when things get hairy.
  3. As best as I can gather: A "reflex" aerodynamically shrinks the wing chord so only a proportion of the leading section is lifting and the trailing edge is neutral or even producing negative lift (like a tail does on a typical three axis) Ergo: the wing loading goes up causing more speed. When you pull down on the trailing edge, you are "abruptly" pulling out the reflex and returning the wing to a slow high lift profile beginning with the trailing edge which momentarily place the leading edge (highly loaded portion of the wing) into a negative angle of attack.... The Trailing edge is basically "flaring" and pulling the leading edge into a negative angle of attack. (I THINK) A reflex profile, in general, is not divergent (no tendency to "nose down") and a more standard profile is. (Edit: might be the other way around.....?) Some reflex wings allow the use of breaks while trimmed out and (or) on full bar and I am "guessing" they do this by maintaining an amount of reflex that is NOT fully neutral and the breaks pull more than just the extreme trailing edge (very heavy break pressure in reflex mode) so the transition is not enough to have the trailing edge pull the leading edge into a negative angle of attack. I think its a bitch to get a perspective on because a lot of what is occurring is "aerodynamic".... the angle of attack switch is not obvious.
  4. I'm with paraflyer17 on this, if I wished to fly with my Mrs often (if she was interested in such things) I would be very very tempted to look at microlights as a much more practical option. My legs are getting too old to guarantee a launch in anything less that a 6mph wind and that is solo. Its becoming such a pain in the ass, I am considering attempting to build a sub 70kg three axis.... setup time will be a bitch but ill be guaranteed a flight in nil wind
  5. An old crusty wing, an open field in sub 10mph winds and a couple of pilots to laugh at you and offer pointers. 90% of ground-handling is muscle memory so requires hands on experience... its not hard once you dive into "doing". There are plenty of vids on youtube that offer the basic principles.... layout // "A" lines // correcting errors etc.
  6. How many hours? Both strategies have their ups and downs and I have a welder so a bit if science isn't a big deal
  7. For anyone who might have thought I know what I was doing! It broke in the last place I expected it to (ten hours flight time) so after bodging, I added a failsafe at this end too. That will get me another ten hours
  8. You are unlikely to get much ear-ache for kiting a wing but be carful, it can be dangerous if you underestimate the wind!
  9. I would be very cautious about annoying people Avoid places that folks might get all territorial about (finely manicured parks etc) we are highly visible and make easy targets for busy-bodies to make a big fuss about. If you have a "common" or a bit of open and scruffy land, it is unlikely anyone will bitch unless you piss them off by flying over/near their house/property too often/to closely. Be stealthy and super polite Airspace knowledge is essential... get that wrong and CAA is likely to land on you like a ton of bricks! With some of the things that have gone on in the drone world, they might be itching to make a big example of people who get it wrong!
  10. Splendid, it isn't just me then
  11. I was attempting to escape the high flex strategy. With such a short system, I looked like the zero flex strategy was possible "if" I could keep the weight down. The image shows the strategy EOS has opted for on their version of the GY6 and I don't like it. Their first few attempts failed via fatigue so they added the flex coupling and lighter canister (they also had the heavier generic muffler that I had also looked at above) As scruffy as mine is, its a better design to my eyes than the EOS attempt but the proof will be in how well they resist the dreaded fatigue. If mine fails via fatigue, I will just add a perpendicular leg to prevent side on vibration (it cant vibrate lengthwise as it is)
  12. These look to be the same boot as the ones I have and are £114 (different colour though and hooked eyes) I think id give them a twirl when my Sunday best ones get ratty JACK PYKE COUNTRYMAN HUNTERS WATERPROOF LEATHER BOOTS FIELDMAN HUNTING HUNTER Ebay
  13. I'm a peasant and I own three pairs... I haven't owned any other footwear for over 20 years. One pair is worn through the sole, one pair for stomping through the mud and one pair for dancin. I'm thinking I might be a little autistic
  14. That's the ticket You would have fun if you saw my tube bending rig rolling machine... its not pretty at all!
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