Today I thought I´d get a perfectly calm flight in the evening, nope, not so.
The wind was dead calm up to say 30 feet, near the treeline. Then it got really turbulent, had to work hard on the power and on the elevator too. Sometimes I had to apply full power in level flight and trim again just to get the plane to advance over ground, going downwind again was like changing from a Skoda to a Porsche! Then sometimes, I had to use full elevator and rudder deflections to get it going where I wanted it. Also, in the middle of the field, every now and then I had to once again apply full power just to keep it from loosing altitude! And when there was a gust, the plane stopped as if run into a wall...it doesn´t penetrate very well, but that I knew would be the case. I did som loops this time too, not very clean but at least they looked like loops=)
All in all it was fun this time too, but having flown the full size planes, I really miss ailerons, especially when turbulence flips the plane in the blink of an eye into a 45 degree turn! What would be a good aileron trainer, an electric park flyer, preferably slow (not just as slow as the Slow Stick, but slow anyway)? I really miss a full set of control surfaces, but I´m definately not ready for anything aerobatic yet, need to get the hang of flying an aileron trainer first, I think.
This lipo battery pack is great, I just charge it with an automatic charger and then I have exactly the time I like to fly in the evening. Also, as this electric plane is almost silent, when visiting my parents place I can get the plane ready i 5 minutes, then just walk to the back of the house and fly over the field behind the house, nobody´s complaining about noise or anything else. The Slow Stick has wheels big enough to do take-offs from a grass field, the smaller "stick" that my father has cannot do that, it needs a better surface, therefore the aileron trainer would need to be as well suited for grass field operation as my Slow Stick. Any suggestions, or should I refrain from thinking of an aileron trainer and get more training time with the SS-bird?