Re: Bruce's tuft study on sparrow strainers

David J. Gall


Nope. That’s not what I said. 

Not even close.

David “Jimmeh” Gall

On Dec 16, 2019, at 12:29 PM, Jay Scheevel <jay@...> wrote:

Thanks David,


Am aware of the Roncz canard and its implementation on the EZ, but to directly convert the Quickie to that implementation would require re-engineering the elevator actuator. Could do that if starting my canard build over from scratch, but to retrofit on the existing Q2 with the LS-1 already installed would be difficult. The Roncz elevator solution is a sort of a fowler flap and would also require installation of the trailing edge trim. My design is a compromise to be sure, but could be directly retrofit in the existing slot with the same torque tube system as is currently in place and eliminate the sparrow strainer. Don’t know if that will ever happen, but it would be a doable retrofit.




From: <> On Behalf Of David J. Gall
Sent: Monday, December 16, 2019 12:49 PM
Subject: Re: [Q-List] Bruce's tuft study on sparrow strainers




John Roncz came up with the solution to this many years ago. It’s called the “Roncz canard” in the Long-EZ community. It’s an excellent airfoil, but particularly important is what he did to the elevator. The same technique could be used on the LS-1 elevator to mitigate the elevator hinge moment. It can be modeled fairly accurately in X-foil or in Roncz’s modified Eppler airfoil code that he used back then (freely available on the internet). Just gotta tweak it so the elevator floating angle is stable and appropriate for the airplane’s approximate maximum range low cruise airspeed so that if the trim and elevator control systems accidentally disconnect in flight the airplane will be able to continue flight and land using engine power modulation (and reflex if installed) as primary pitch control. Rutan laid out all these requirements in one of the Canard Pusher newsletters in the 1980s.


David J. Gall


From: <> On Behalf Of Jay Scheevel
Sent: Monday, December 16, 2019 8:10 AM
Subject: [Q-List] Bruce's tuft study on sparrow strainers


Thanks for the cool tuft study data, Bruce. My nerdiness must be rubbing off on you, or maybe you are just retired and want something time consuming to do.


Seriously, That is an interesting observation. Ideally, you would like your “trim” surfaces, such as the sparrow strainer to be well behaved under all flight conditions, but you have demonstrated that this is not the case. The sparrow strainer flies at a high AOA (negative) all the time, so as to apply a large load to the trailing edge of the elevator, push it into an accelerated condition and boom, you get it to stall. The need for them is entirely the because the aft-1/3 of the LS-1 airfoil has a significant camber on the underside. This camber is by design yielding favorable characteristics when incorporated on a non-articulated airfoil, but when you incorporate an articulated trailing edge (elevator), then the asymmetric force becomes torque on the torque tube and stick deflection instead of into a forward pitching component applied to the rigid wing structure. By countering this effect with the sparrow strainer you actually loose some of the positive characteristics of the pitching moment, and you add a lot of drag. If you could manage it as a pilot, and this is not recommended, the LS-1 would fly better and be more efficient if you could hold the elevator neutral with the stick. But this would require always be pulling lots of aft stick-force. The stick force would be very large in full cruise, and you would never find a hands off condition. It gives you an appreciation for the force that the sparrow strainer supports are experiencing constantly in flight, and why one might potentially depart the aircraft….requiring above average flying skills to recover.


I have modeled the forces on the LS-1 elevator and have also designed a modified LS-1 airfoil with the rear portion of the camber removed, where the forces on the redesigned elevator are balanced, (so the sparrow strainer would not be required). I have thought that sometime I would like to build a new set of these redesigned elevators and put them on my plane, but I am just getting comfortable flying with the plans design. On the redesigned airfoil, the lift profile and polars are essentially identical to the LS-1, but what is the big unknown is how the redesigned elevator would impact that stall behavior. Small changes at the trailing edge can be quite impactful on stall, and my modeling method cannot model the complexity of airflow at stall.





From: <> On Behalf Of Bruce Crain
Sent: Sunday, December 15, 2019 9:32 PM
Subject: Re: [Q-List] Yahoo! Groups Shuck Airfoil


Hi Jay!

Not sure I really care to know.  Either way I will still be aviating in both and won't put any more sound insulation in either one.  (more weight)


On a side note I have been doing some tuft testing which might be more informational.  I have found out that if I pull up the nose and then unload it by pushing forward on the stick my sparrow strainers are stalling on the bottom side.  My TriQ will not recover in most instances until I stall out or slow down the airspeed a bunch so that I can pull the stick enough for the strainers to reattach the air underneath them.  I just received some vortex generators to put on the bottom of the strainers to do more testing and will hopefully have them in place this week to test.


I have noticed in the past that when I do an aileron roll this happens.  I have been all though the elevators and ailerons to make sure they were tight and they now are very solid.  So then I thought that maybe the wingtip vortices were coming up from the canard and rolling down on the main wing.  That never really looked like a good theory.  So I installed yarn tufts to see just what was going on.  When I flew it started to dawn on me that the elevator was coming up every time I experienced the phenomenon.  So I had a good idea that something much simpler was happening and it kept pointing to the sparrow strainer.  After talking with Paul Fisher, Jerry Marstall, Sammy Hoskins, and even Scott Swing at Velocity I decided we were looking at a stall.  Sure enough when I went up with the tufts in place on the canard and the top and bottom of the sparrow strainers I thought "what if I just pull up and then push forward on the stick could I replicate the problem".  When I pulled up and then unloaded the canard by pushing over the sparrow strainers held for a bit and then they relaxed to stick forward an inch or so.  I looked out and saw the elevators up about and inch or so and videoed the tufts on the bottom of the strainer disappear and the tufts on the top tufts wrap around the back of the strainer and disappear forward under the strainer!  I spoke with Paul, Jerry and Scott again and Scott was freaked but agreed that was what is happening.


Bingo!  Now I have to fix it so that is where the vortex generator come in.  The strainers are a really sensitive trim from dealing with them in the past plus I have them mounted half way outboard on the elevator.  I also have 1.2 degrees incidence up on the canard and .8 degrees up on the main wing so we are talking apples to oranges.


Sure I could just fly the Q and not go negative on the elevator enough to stall them but I like to do aileron rolls when I am board. I believe you and I experienced the stall when you were getting time in my Q before your first flight.  So we educate and experiment and come out improving the species. 

---------- Original Message ----------
From: "Jay Scheevel" <jay@...>
Subject: Re: [Q-List] Yahoo! Groups Shuck Airfoil
Date: Sun, 15 Dec 2019 19:53:06 -0700

Hi Bruce,


If you have an iPhone it has an app available that measures abient noise level. You could give that a try.





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Bruce Crain <jcrain2@...> wrote:

I have not noticed which one is quieter.  Will try to do that in the future.  Trouble is remembering how loud the other plane is between switches.

I will tell Charlie hello for you Dr Mike!


---------- Original Message ----------
From: "Mike Shuck via Groups.Io" <mikeshuck2001@...>
To: "" <>
Subject: Re: [Q-List] Yahoo! Groups Shuck Airfoil
Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2019 01:37:25 +0000 (UTC)

Hi Mike, 


My RV6A is noisy. I have a Clark headset modified for active noise reduction but my new Zulu 3 is quieter. I have a Lycoming O-320 E2D 150 with a metal Sensinich prop. I have problem believing a Quickie 200 is quieter.





On Sun, Dec 15, 2019 at 7:33 PM, Mike Dwyer

<q200pilot@...> wrote:

I flew in a RV4 recently and I think the inside cockpit of the RV is a lot noisier than a Q200.  I'd expect the fiberglass sandwich to dampen some noise.  

Any other opinions?

Fly Safe,

Mike Dwyer


YouTube Videos:

Q200 Website:


On Sun, Dec 15, 2019 at 8:14 PM Bruce Crain <jcrain2@...> wrote:

Sweet!  Hope you design a mach .5 airfoil for the Quickie guys  Wouldn't that be sweet!  

I still have my TriQ 200 but I went over to the "Dark Side" when my hanger mate Charlie Calivas sold me his RV 6 for a song and a dance and then proceeded to help me rebuild the engine!  My son Jake calls me "2 planes Crain"!  
Have a Merry Christmas!

Bruce and Honeylamb Crain
---------- Original Message ----------
From: "Mike Shuck via Groups.Io" <>
To: "" <>
Subject: Re: [Q-List] Yahoo! Groups Shuck Airfoil
Date: Sun, 15 Dec 2019 04:06:52 +0000 (UTC)


Good to hear from you as well. Things are great in Wichita. I'm still designing GA airfoils and flying my  RV6A and Cessna 120. I went through Emporia two weeks ago and it reminded me of when you, your son, and I got weathered in coming back from the Quickie fly-in at Ottawa. 


Great hearing from you! My thanks to the Q-List group for letting me "announce" our moving Shuck Airfoil from Yahoo! Groups to !


Best wishes!

Mike Shuck

Wichita, KS





On Sat, Dec 14, 2019 at 9:44 PM, Bruce Crain

<jcrain2@...> wrote:

Good to hear from you again Dr Shuck!  How are things in Wichita?

Bruce Crain

---------- Original Message ----------
From: "Mike Shuck via Groups.Io" <>
To: "" <>
Subject: [Q-List] Yahoo! Groups Shuck Airfoil
Date: Sun, 15 Dec 2019 00:24:29 +0000 (UTC)

Just to let you know I am in process of moving the former Yahoo! Groups Shuck Airfoil to:



I was late getting the mailing list moved over so I would be very thankful if you would post this as many

of the Shuck Airfoil group at Yahoo! Groups also were members of Q-List.


Many thanks!


Mike Shuck

Moderator of the former Yahoo! Groups Shuck Airfoil









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