The CSYC race was a floater but the flying was wonderful
I allowed my left brake line to catch the prop. It was a couple of seconds after I started the motor so I’m assuming that I had rolled the maching back too far after layout and the prop wash drew it in.. Listening to World PPG talking about trikes I remembered Jeff saying it was a good idea to give it some slack so the machine could get rolling before the wing started to inflate. Bob Armond’s position is to have no slack and I have seen other pilots actually build a wall and get into the machine with the wing holding the trike back with the prop wash. Possibly because of the huge cage and prop, slack lines might not be a good idea with the Falcon. During layout I made it a point to position the lines out and away. Something must have changed.
Anyway the wing was sucked into the machine and before it wound down I cut the wing in three places, severed the brake line and by some fluke popped a plug on the gas tank and doused a portion of the wing in in gas.
It sucks to be me this morning…
Bad stuff first. The pain has moved from by sternum area to my back between the shoulder blades. Moving the hangpoints forward wasn’t the cure. I spoke with Chad and he suggested that I lower the brake lines or attach another set of handles and see how having my hands lower felt. I hope it works.
The air was twitchy from the South South West. I set up into the wind and planned to turn onto the runway after inflation. The wing turned nicely and I taxied for a bit before committing to launch. It was a nice morning and I practiced the yank and bank till it hurt which was ALL TOO SOON.
Landing… I stayed on the power and touched down lightly it was was surprising when the machine lifted as I added some brake to bring the wing down. I guess I’d forgotton how the Eden likes to bleed off energy and should plan on floating above the surface for a ways. I’m also going to have to practice carting with the wing up and must do a few dead stick landings to get the feel for this wing.
Mike Bennett and & arrived at 6:30. It was much better than yesterdays rain/mist, there was a fresh 7mph breeze from the SSW and clear blue skies.
Trying to solve the chest pain I have made some modifications and this was the first time to try them out. In order to position my arms farther forward I have moved the hangpoints 1 inch and to rebalance the rig, Mike and I mounted a 12 pound weight over the front wheel. The brake lines have been lenghtened 3 inches and the brake pulley was lowered by the same amount and drawn in closer to the riser.
I will have to heal before I know if the problem has been fixed but I think I’m on the right track. It was definitely more comfortable and the pain is no worse. The next step will be to remount the battery forward of the seat this will not ad weight to the rig but allow the hang points to be moved another inch forward. Then I’ll play with the seat mount to get it dialed in.
Mike and I flew into the wind SSW and overflew the old ICBM Missile Silos. The wind speed increased dramatically with altitude. Mike flew low and I flew 400 feet higher at a much lower speed. For the first time I flew with the trimmers out and enjoyed the Eden III ‘s much crisper response. On the return leg downwind I exceeded 50 mph.
After a short break I went up again. The last several flights have all been higher wind and its been a good experience. The Eden comes up fast and sometimes pulls the trike back a couple of feet in the process but with a smooth surface it feels natural. The wing comes overhead … I ad throttle, start the roll and usually rotate within 50 feet. On soft terrain (sand) or worse…. bumpy (pasture) it may not be so easy. On this flight I stayed close to the patch and worked on steering. It is still not as comfortable as the trike buggy because I do not have the same range of motion. I don’t seem to have the power and it feels like I’m using different muscles. I can’t quite put my finger on the difference but I’ll work on it.
Paul M arrived just before I finished the second flight, so I decided to go for three. It was starting to get thermic and was most bumpy over by the farm houses so I flew out to the gun range and crabbed back to the LZ. The winds at the surface were twitchy as hell and I had to go around twice before I felt good to land. Two of the three landings I popped a wheeley after touch down. Next time I’m NOT going to kill the engine at two feet but will either go in dead stick or under power and taxi. It was a good day.
Tonight I added a back pad to see if it would solve the chest pain. Nope… I was more upright but it also moved me closer to the risers which moved my arms back even farther. It was a beautiful flight anyway, the winds were about the same as yesterday. Nice smooth laminer air.