Center of Gravity

A message to everyone on your initial plane checkouts, the center of
gravity is important. I didn't think it was a big deal that mine was
a few inches back from where it should have been. The plane took off,
was a little squirlly and I didn't have much elevator control at all,
so I started lining up for a landing to fix it. I entered the shallow
dive for landing and never came out.
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Nose-heavy aircraft fly badly.
Tail-heavy aircraft fly once. Cheers, Fred McClellan the dash plumber at mindspring dot com
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Fred McClellan
Then you find out about lateral balance!! There is a learning curve to this hobby. Unfortunately gravity is almost always a part of that curve... Andy
We can make a box of wood.....FLY!!
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A few inches??? Damn! Just what size of a plane was it?
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Fubar of The HillPeople
and if the CG was "a few inches back" , wouldn't the elevator be VERY sensitive instead of having no authority??
kinda sounds like something smelly living under the bridge if you ask me
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Bob Cowell
Wow....a CG that is "a couple inches" off the mark is like putting a brick on the firewall or tail. For a first flight of any model the CG needs to be "right on the mark" recommended by the manufacturer
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OR just a bit towards the nose!!
As it was said elsewhere on this thread:
"Nose heavy planes fly poorly, Tail heavy planes (usually) fly once!"
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Bob Severance
"couple of inches" could be the allowable range on a large model, y'know . . . Cheers, Fred McClellan the dash plumber at mindspring dot com
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Fred McClellan

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