The thrill of the maiden flights

Jul 11, 2011 No Comments by

I thought I was all set for the maiden flight of my scratch built 80″ Gas Contender
back on the Canada Day weekend but I was having engine issues that evently turned out
to be a spark-plug cap not snugged down tight.  – Yesterday was very gustly hot &
humid.  Ok I’ll just take her out for a run up and maybe some taxi tests.  The model
started rolling nicely – I was busy with steering keeping thing straight – Then the
model lifted off – I saw air under the wheels – Go for it – I throttled up a bit more and
the model climbed out oh so nicely.  After 4-5 circuits of the field I adjusted the trims.
4 clicks of up was all that was needed to fly hands off.  My hands were shaking and I
told myself to relax.  After 10-15 laps I decided best land – I throttled back turning on
final and only had to blip the throttle a couple time to get her down exactly where I
wanted.  I taxied back and noticed the tall gear flexes a bit and may need beefing up.
I put the model in the shade for the rest of the afternoon and then celebrated with a cold
one at the club house.  It took me about 9 months for this project and after seeing it fly
has left a smile on my face that just won’t go away!

This is what 9 months of love looks like

PS: I will be working the Zone G event next weekend and will bring my Gas Contender for sure

Ken Park

About the author

Ken provides the event, project and people coverage for our “north of the border” section. He has been flying RC planes since he was 16 and has competed in the MAAC Nationals. He’s now getting into EDF jets and giant-scale gassers. He gets a big kick from designing from scratch on his laptop and laser-cutting “kits” for himself.
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