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There's a lot wrong with this short video: my flying, the way my system rendered the dust, my flying...you get the idea. The concept was to 1) learn how to place an FS Recorder camera on the runway, 2) capture a takeoff and landing so I can use it on the bush strips, and 3) demonstrate a slip to short-field spot landing with the camera as the touchdown target. Part one and two were achieved. The demo...well, that's for you to judge. I let the aircraft get light on takeoff -- it actually hopped into the air before I planted the mains back on the ground. A big no-no. If the aircraft gets light in a crosswind it'll crow hop sideways, and that's the start of a takeoff (or landing) ground loop. It's not the ship's tendency to weathervane that causes the problem in a crosswind. It's when the wheels stop moving sideways and the inertia in the tail keeps it moving sideways that a rotation-couple occurs (it starts to turn). Stop that right now or you may enjoy some off-roading. I also let the aircraft get slow on the approach and was very rough on the controls in the flare. That's typical of a pilot with low time in an aircraft I had about two hours including yesterdays attempts at the Kokoda bush strips (how dumb was that?) before I was silly enough to try this demo. Lucky thing I didn't break anything yesterday. (The relatively poor sim controls we have to work with don't help matters either. Note the aileron flutter at about 1:40. FSUIPC doesn't damp it, and I can't find another axis that is interfering. Maybe it's just hardware going bad?) The only good news is I managed to stall it on in a respectable 3-pointer. It still hopped into the air a few times but that was mostly rough ground. Something to keep in mind if you expect braking to get you stopped (brakes don't help much when the wheels are in the air.) While I'm thinking of it, wet grass is even worse if you're trying to stop. It's as slippery as ice. Just showed Kate this video and she remarked, "One of the things I loved about flying the Super Cruiser was slipping the crap out of it. I dunno, there was something about it. The Travel Air too." The PA-12 didn't have flaps; and, of course, the biplane didn't either. Slipping was basic flying technique. Personally, I liked it better than flaps--as she apparently did, too-- because if you're a little low it's easy to take out the slip, but woe betides you if you suck up the flaps. Probably not something you want to try in an A380, in any case. Which reminds me of young Marine fighter pilot friend out on a night air combat training mission in an F/A-18 against a couple of tiny adversary T-38s. After the fray they joined up to come home and, did I mention dark night and tiny, he found himself with too much overtake. A Cub and biplane pilot first, he kicked his jet into a skid and slipped neatly into position. The instructor had a coronary and asked, "WHAT was THAT?" but not in those words. "A slip, Sir," says he. "We don't slip Hornet's, Mister." "Sir, yessir." He got the top grade for the flight.
Hey all, I had a great time this weekend trying out my first spot landing competition. While I may not have placed, I still had a great time and learned a lot. I am fairly new to the Tomahawk so it taught me more about how to fly it as well. The event started with a BBQ and was followed by the landing competition, which had a total of 7 pilots in it. I placed fifth. Below is the video, followed by some pictures. Sorry for the large size. Enjoy! >http://youtu.be/7nr68Yr5T8w