BAE Hawk – Maiden flight + crash video

This is the maiden flight video and eventual crash and demise of this beautiful plane. The damage isn’t too bad, just a shattered canopy and a busted nose section. I ordered a new canopy, and I’ll start fixing the nose this week. Hopefully flight #2 will go better.

The center of gravity should’ve been set at 85mm behind the leading edge per the instruction manual, but the seller said it was wrong and it should’ve been set to 65mm. The manual for the E-Flite version of this plane says 80 – 90mm.

I balanced it at 65mm from the leading edge, after stuffing a 1000mah 3-cell in the nose to balance the plane, but after I crashed it, the very experienced fellow rc-enthusiast that was helping me out with the initial flight told me that it looked too tail-heavy.

It seemed like I had too much throw on the ailerons, even though I lowered the throw to 70% with 35% expo, per said gentleman’s recommendation. What do you think happened?

Check out the picture gallery here.

 

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Julian Melo

Julian Melo has been around the R/C hobby since 2001. His first plane was PT-40 trainer from Great Planes he built as a kit, powered by an O.S. 40 engine. Nowadays you can find him flying fast EDFs or FPV multirotors. Professionally, he's an L.A-based web developer, Wordpress ninja & SEO Analyst. He is quite fond of good coffee, gadgets and loud garage rock. Check out his site/portfolio at JJMelo.com or read his technology blog. He also recently started a new site/podcast titled UAV not Drone. Check it out!