The Paperwork is finished and the Certificate of Airworthiness is issued.
We are ready for the maidenflight, the only waiting is now for better weather after a period of snow and freezing weather with -20 degrees.
Finally the "big" day has come and we made the first flight on march 21st
2012. A sunny day with the perfect conditions to make the test flight.
Exciting moments to be airborne for the first time but the "Lady" flew as a Minimoa should fly .....BEAUTIFULL
Photo's made by Bert Kuiper at EHHV
The test flight:
Wind NW 0-2 m/s, temp. 15 degr. visibility + 20 km. blue sky, thermals light
Aerotowed by an Aviat Husky, comfortable tow speed up to 100 km/h, best speed is 90 km/h.
The type is known for heavy/slow on the aileron, so we used gentle turns during aerotow.
With a pilot weight of 80kg the plane flew hands-off stable with 75 km/h.
Stalling is very gentle without wingdip at 50 km/h with a slight warning in advance. No assymetry control during the flight. Maximum speed flown 150km/h with very smooth behaviour. Recovery from a side slip is slow.
With an approach speed of 75km/h handling was normal.Spoiler effectivity is sufficient to correct for a normal approach angle, round off and sit down at quite low speed.
A very pleasant first flight.
Points of improvement:
Light reflection on the instrument panel. Painting it light grey and tilting a few degrees can solve this.
Sloppy on rudder. Installing cover plates over the gap between tail section and rudder, as on the original, can improve this.