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

From: "Colin Bosch" <colin.bosch@...>
Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2002 1:09 PM
Subject: Re: Gyro for discus launching?
Bob, Love your lace wing! Sorry to see your crash photos. The tail you used looks a lot like my carbon Bug. Did you use those patterns? Did you change anything? I'm curious about your lauching be straight without a gyro. Are you getting straight launches without any presets? --Colin-- --- In BugHLG@y..., "bob_chiang2" <rhc3@c...> wrote: > --- 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