Re: Flight characteristics questions

michel & hélène moreau


Does this apply to GU as well as LS1? I don't see a "slight undercamber" on my GU elevator.
Thanks for such a clear explanation of the phenomenon.


----- Original Message -----
From: "David J. Gall" <David@...>
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Sent: Tuesday, October 17, 2006 5:42 AM
Subject: RE: [Q-LIST] Flight characteristics questions


I think you're thinking backwards here. The described behavior indicates
sparrow strainers that are too small, not too large; or not angled enough
(trailing edge up) instead of too steeply.

Without sparrow strainers, when the airplane inadvertently goes faster than
its trimmed airspeed, the slight undercamber of the LS(1) elevator causes
aerodynamic force that pushes the trailing edge of the elevator up. This
lets the airplane's nose come down and allows the airplane to accelerate to
a yet-higher speed. NOT GOOD!

The sole purpose of sparrow strainers is to REVERSE this pattern. When the
nose inadvertently drops and the speed builds, the sparrow strainers should
push the trailing edge of the elevator down so as to raise the nose of the
airplane, thus slowing it back down. Conversely, when the airplane slows
down (due to an inadvertent climb) the decreasing dynamic pressure on the
sparrow strainers lets them allow the trailing edge of the elevators to come
up (usually in response to a down-spring in the trim system), lowering the
nose and restoring the airplane to it's original airspeed.

This is speed stability. It is closely associated with pitch stability, but
is not the same thing. Burt Rutan devoted several issues of his Canard
Pusher newsletter to describing it, discussing it, and reporting on the
requirements for it in his several homebuilders' designs.

Another clue to incorrect speed stability is light or "sensitive" pitch
control, as reported in Mr. Q2fun's item #1. True, pitch sensitivity is also
a function of CG position, but given two otherwise identical airplanes with
the same CG location, the one with greater speed stability will have
less-sensitive pitch feel. That's because the greater aerodynamic forces of
the larger or more effective (larger/correct deflection angle) sparrow
strainers will cause the elevator stick force to be greater for any given
deflection of the elevators away from their trim position. It's kind of like
using a larger paddle on a canoe, you just have to pull harder to get it to
move through the water.

A more effective sparrow strainer will also need to be met with greater
tension in the pitch down-spring of the spring-type pitch trim system at
higher airspeeds. If the down spring of the trim system is only lightly
loaded at cruise speed or if the up-spring is loaded and the down spring is
slack at cruise speed (heaven forbid!) then there is a real problem and a
potentially dangerous situation.

What happens if the up-spring is loaded at cruise? If the nose drops, the
aerodynamic forces get stronger while the spring force stays the same, so
the aerodynamic forces "win." The up-spring was resisting the aero forces
that want to make the airplane dive, but those forces now win and the
airplane dives. Conversely, if the down-spring is loaded at cruise, then a
nose drop again means larger aero forces, but those forces (from the sparrow
strainers) act to RAISE the nose, not lower it further. Raising the nose
restores the airplane to level flight.

Rutan advised his builders that his airplane designs should be
AERODYNAMICALLY trimmed to a low-cruise airspeed when flown hands-off and
with the pitch trim system disconnected. His rationale is that if a crucial
part or connection in the pitch control system should fail thereby leaving
an elevator completely disconnected from the trim system and the control
system, it does not automatically kill the pilot. I do NOT advise
disconnecting the trim system in a Q2 or Q200 or even a Quickie because of
the risks involved, but you can certainly look at your trim springs and
simulate a disconnect by moving the trim control to make them as equally
slack as possible. By this method one might be able to get a relative idea
of what the sparrow strainers are doing and what the airplane's aerodynamic
trim speed is.

In summary, I think there is a dangerous situation being described by Mr.
Q2fun and I hope he gets his sparrow strainers and trim system looked at by
one of the "old heads" on this list to see if it is rigged right or if
there's something amiss. I'll wager that the up-spring is doing a lot of
work at cruise speeds and just loses the battle against aero forces at
speeds above 150 mph. Not good -- not safe!

Just my worry-wart two cents worth,

David J. Gall
Sacramento, CA

-----Original Message-----
From: Q-LIST@... [mailto:Q-LIST@...]
On Behalf Of Sam Hoskins
Sent: Monday, October 16, 2006 5:02 PM
To: Q-LIST@...
Subject: RE: [Q-LIST] Flight characteristics questions

1. I think pitch sensitivity is normal, especially with aft
CG and at high
(8,000+ft) altitude.

2. My plane does the same. The rudder doesn't control bank,
the ailerons do.

2. This sounds a little odd. Maybe the sparrow strainers
are too big or have too steep of an angle. It could also be
that your canard needs to be adjusted up a degree or so.
Maybe try installing adjustable sparrow strainers first.
That would be an easy experiment.

Sam Hoskins Q-200 1,600+ hrs.

Murphysboro, IL


From: Q-LIST@... [mailto:Q-LIST@...]
On Behalf Of q2fun
Sent: Monday, October 16, 2006 6:28 PM
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Subject: [Q-LIST] Flight characteristics questions

Hi All,

I have some questions about the flight characteristics of the Q-2.
Pitch sensitivity. With an after c/g my Q2 seams pitch sensitive.
My Q2 has the LS1 canard, Revmaster 65hp, tail dragger. Is it
normal to get more pitch sensitive the more aft the C/G gets?

Rudder to control bank. My rudder does not do anything for bank.
If the wing is down 5 degrees and you use the rudder to bring
it up, all that happens is the plane will yaw and the bank
may even get steeper. Is that a normal characteristic of the
Q design?

With an increase in airspeed above 150 mph indicated the
airplane wants to pitch down and farther increase
airspeed/pitch down harder. Is this normal? Sparrow strainers
to small for this airspeed? I have the standard pitch trim system.

I have been flying my Q since April and now have 62 hours in
it. It is a joy to blast around the pattern and it is even a
joy to put gas in it after a long cross county. It is just a
little too slow in cruise 130 kts.

Thank You All.
Tim Bryant

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