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    Senior Member Kitfox Pilot's Avatar
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    Default Real slow controlled flight.

    How is this possible to fly this slow and still have full control? It doesn't even go fast straight down..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGhlx4m7ZB8
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    Default Re: Real slow controlled flight.

    Harlan - what is it that shows above and below the wing panels about mid span? Dive brakes of some sort? If so, maybe that is how the down line is kept so slow. What ever the answer, pretty impressive.

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    Default Re: Real slow controlled flight.

    Extremely light weight and controllable power. Skilled pilot brings it all together.
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    Default Re: Real slow controlled flight.

    Really cool. At first I thought, eh, gonna fly around the gym. Wait a full, choreographed routine? Really cool.
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    Default Re: Real slow controlled flight.

    3D RC planes have been around for a while. There are many options for electronic mixers for control surfaces in the controllers, many have a gyro system and they are usually over powered with the motors or engines, hence slow controlled vertical performance. At Oshkosh 2019 in the ultralight area there were 3 national championship demos.

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    Default Re: Real slow controlled flight.

    Now how can I make my kitfox do this?? hahaha
    Harlan and Susan Payne
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    Default Re: Real slow controlled flight.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kitfox Pilot View Post
    Now how can I make my kitfox do this?? hahaha
    Take everything you don't need for the plane to fly out/off of the Kitfox and hang a super-light, super-high horsepower motor on it turning a super-long prop turning really slow, leave off the fabric around the empennage?
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    Default Re: Real slow controlled flight.

    Years ago, during the time I ordered my IV, I visited the Skystar factory.
    They showed me around and I even saw my fuselage being built, that was cool.
    Anyway I was taken on a demo flight in their demo aircraft.

    Flying around the area the pilot showed me it's slow flight characteristics. Facing into the breeze of that day and slowly pulling power back we almost came to a no ground speed situation.
    He said, keep your eye on that farm building, but not quite slow enough for no movement.
    He said with no passenger, that with enough headwind he has experience rear movement.

    This is the airplane that day.
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    Default Re: Real slow controlled flight.

    Is that the same buildings they are in today or have they changed locations?
    Harlan and Susan Payne
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    Default Re: Real slow controlled flight.

    Skystar was located on Caldwell, ID airport. Kitfox Aircraft is located on Homedale, ID airport. When I was building my first KF5 I went to Caldwell to pick up my FWF kit. I took my first flight in a different airplane than the one below but I got the same type of orientation to the Kitfox's slow flight capability. I was advised that because I was going with a C-O200 instead of the R912ULS that my performance would not be as good but, I never felt like I'd made a mistake going with the O200 because even at a hundred pounds heavier, slow flight was impressive. With this build and a R912ULS, it is amazing.
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