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Sorry to hear that. The LS1 For the Q200 moved the axles 2" forward if I remember correctly. This might not work well on a Q2. The LS1 won't take a ditch much better tho. I'd never consider repairing a canard with anything but a cosmetic defect. Fly Safe,
Mike Q200 N3QP
On Apr 22, 2014 11:35 AM, <cbthorne14@...
Runway excursion into grass and through 2 ft ditch. I am extremely happy that this occurred. What !! you may say. I have done extensive reconstruction of this Q2, a major item was a repair to the left GU canard 3 ft from the tip and re-attatch/re-allignment of the wheel pod. A week of low speed testing proved all was well. Then during a morning and afternoon of high speed testing (up to 50 mph) on the inactive runway ... failure. First excursion into a semi smooth grass area in the morning and a re-check of the tailwheel and canard. In the afternoon after about 6 high speed runs I exited the runway left 45 degrees and through a two ft ditch bending up the left canard. I could not get right rudder authority or steering. The left canard failed about three feet from the left tip where I had done major repairs. Not re-built strong enough it seems. I believe a spar within the canard may have helped.
This week the objective was primarily to get a feel for the higher speed tailwheel steering. It turned out to be a two fold test, the repair of canard was the second and it was not strong enough for this incident.
The future for this Q2 looks like a new Ls1 Canard with the stronger spar style wing. Also an improved tailwheel geometry. During testing my tail was very light and I could hear the tailwheel shimmying or skidding around at the higher speeds. At this point there was no rudder authority when using full aft elevator.
Disappointing...I felt I was close to being finished. Better to find these weaknesses at the home airport.
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