Myth: Flying wings are difficult to fly.
Often, a beginning flyer will see an experienced pilot fly a tailless plane, and immediately assume the flying wing must be challenging to control, simply because a learned flyer has chosen this type of design to fly eye-catching aerobatics.
A capable plane in the hands of a skilled flyer will seldom spend much time going in a straight line, or smooth arc, as a familiar docile trainer would do. A capable plane, is a fun plane, and accomplished flyers will want to "push the envelope" which rarely includes straight and level, or "easy looking" flying.
Because a flying wing design is often lighter than a similarly powered "conventional" design, the excess power to weight ratio often allows for fast and furious aerobatics. This can intimidate a new flyer, who may think a particular plane is beyond his/her skills.
Truth: Flying wings must be carefully built to fly well
The Center of Gravity (C.G.) is much more critical on a tailless design. With elevon control, the elevator travel is also critical. These two parameters must be observed carefully when building and trimming a flying wing.
Our designs locate the fuel tanks on the C.G. of the wing, so as fuel empties, the balance point will not change appreciably. This means once you balance your plane, it will remain as stable throughout the flight as it was when you first took off.
Our designs also employ easily tailorable C.G. adjustment, by virtue of the fact that the engine mount is easily accessible, and may be re-drilled in small increments to move the engine to re-balance and adjust. This is superior to adding weight, or having to re-locate major radio components after the plane is built and covered.
Our instructions show you how to build these remarkable tailless aircraft, and set them up to be as wild or mild as you desire. Yes, they can fly straight and level "hands off" and go exactly where you point them. As your skills improve, you may wish to move the balance point backward a bit, as you experiment with inverted flight, knife edge and spinning aerobatics. A rearward C.G. does help aerobatics, however, the price for this is a "touchier" feel on the sticks. Our designs will help guide you through both extremes, as you wish.
Even if you make a mistake, The TufFlight Enduro, Terminator and Predator are revolutionizing how folks feel about crashing! Our customers know that few other designs can match TufFlight's durability and repairability. The new materials we use in our designs, and simple, yet ingenious engine mount virtually guarantee a crash will not end your day's flying! It has been proven in combat circles around the U.S., and it will soon be proven by sport flyers like you.
Another reason experienced flyers like to fly tailless aircraft is -- They're much quicker to assemble! A learned flyer who has been in the hobby for a while knows how to get the most from his/her time and money spent in the hobby. A flying wing is easy to construct, it's easy to set up (once knowledge of tailless aircraft is learned), and can be made to fly as docile or wild as desired.
We think our kits are a great choice if the "fun factor" (time spent flying for fun) / (time spent building + repairing) is important to you!
If you've mastered takeoffs and landings and have flown by yourself for the first time, you'll love the performance and care-free durability of our kits.
In summary: We have something fun for you and you can fly one of our planes!
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