Archive of the Yahoo! Groups mailing list for the Bug hand-launch glider 2002-2018

From: "bob_chiang2" <rhc3@...>
Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2002 2:24 PM
Subject: Re: Gyro for discus launching?
--- In BugHLG@y..., "Dan" <danstrider@a...> wrote: > Everyone, > > I know that Colin used a gyro on his Bug for stability during > launch. I was wondering what gyros, if any, you all are using and > their weights. > > Colin, I'm curious to see if a gyro is worth the weight for the Bug - > - is launch performace really affected by the gyro? Might it be > possible to manage without the gyro? My control rod setups are > never rigid enough to get rid of slop, so do you think that a gyro > would even matter is this case? > > Thanks, > Dan Hi Dan, I've never flown with a gyro, so I don't know what they are capable of. With a cruciform tail, my Lacewing Bug side arm launches very straight. Sometimes it would go up too steeply, and sometimes at too shallow an angle (due to my launch inconsitencies), but I cannot remember a launch that didn't go straight out. I can't comment on launching or flying a v-tail. When I was flying a Little Nipper, I did get launches that tended to curve. I used a slight amount of right rudder trim to launch, corrected with the stick as it slowed down, and then retrimmed when I had time during the flight. -Bob Chiang Ithaca, NY USA