Re: Measurements.camber

Neil Jepsen <jepsen@...>

Hi Chris W
Thanks for your input. I've never seen a pair of ice
skates in my life, let alone a frozen lake. I drove past a lake in our
south island once, that sometimes freezes over, but thats the closest
I've been. I saw a puddle frozen over once, but that was years ago!
I take your point about steering when one wheel lifts. I haven't
experienced that yet...the instability is with all 3 wheels down. I
haven't made any progress since last week, as I've been aeway towing
gliders for a week, and today is new yrs day, so I probably would get
into trouble with "she who must be obeyed" if I went to the airport
There was an interesting comment on the Dragonfly list yesterday
regarding handling, and it alludes to the fact that maybe some ( a lot?)
of my trouble may be the heavy footed pilot. However. someone said today
that on a scale of 0-10, the Q2 was a 7 in the handling dept cf other
tail draggers. I've flown TGs for over a 1000 hrs and many types, and on
a scale of 0-10, my Q2 is 0 at present. Tomorrows another day.
seasons greetings Chris

DorotheaKeats and ChrisWalterson wrote:

Neil Jepsen-------- I had built my little Quickie per plans and
stuffed the 503 Rotax in the front end. I increased the gross to 600
lbs and this gave me quit a bit on - camber. I flew it about 30 hrs

before I did the Gall mod and I think it was only my Dragonfly
experience that kept me on the runway. After the Gall mod it was much

better. Before, when all the wheels were on the runway it was not too

bad , but if one wheel lifted before the other as in taking off , or
landing in a crosswind it was a real handfull.
Do an experiment. Grab a set of roller blades or ice skates. Go
wide open and with both skates at 0 camber in a glide , lift one
You should still go straight ahead. Now do the same thing but give
skates some - camber and then lift one skate. You will turn away from

the skate that is still on the ice. This is the same thing that
happens on the airplane . If the right wheel is on the ground , you
left if there is - camber. A little hard for your brain to digest when

you are doing seventy down the runway with your ailerons and rudder
saying you should be going right. Once the wheel is airborn, all is
Small amounts of + or - camber are of no concern, but when you can
visually see that the wheel is canted , be aware. My wheels are set
0 camber and 0 toe out at gross and it all works for me. That's what
found.------------Canada Chris

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