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General Low-wing Vs High-wing Piloting

Discussion in 'Airplanes' started by BCJ, Jan 11, 2020.

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    I've flown mostly high-wing planes to date (with one exception). I just acquired a warbird and want to brush up on flying low-wing planes. I've searched around, without success, for a good primer on the differences between flying a low-wing plane vs a high-wing one. Can you guys point me to the right place? and/or give me your thoughts?
     


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    A high wing plane will be more stable in the air due to it's lower CoG. A low wing plane will be more agile in the air, but will tend to tip stall easier. This being a war bird, the wing loading is likely going to be higher making the tip stall (turning with not enough air speed) even more likely.

    High wing will also self level, even with a straight wing, although not that well. Dihedral will make it self level quite well which is why 3 channel planes have no ailerons.

    Just remember to keep up air speed and it should be fine. And stay on top of the controls.
     
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    Thanks, Tony.
    One other question: I'm setting up a new plane... won't fly til spring. Is there a way I can test out the linkages and servo action without going through the process of binding with my TX?
    BTW, the "Like us on FaceBook" link at the top of your site seems to be broken. I got an error message from FB when I clicked on the link.
    THANKS
     
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    You will have to bind to test the setup...


    I'll also add that when flying warbirds... they have long noses and tend to nose over when landing. So you have to land just so and use your elevator to help keep the nose up. I strongly recommend practicing in your flight sim of choice until it feels natural. It'll more than pay for itself vs having to repair your aircraft all of the time.
     
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    A servo tester will operate the servos if all you want to do is test throws.

    BTW on real aircraft, the low wings usually have more dihedral than high wings because of the CG difference. But then being a warbird, that goes out the window most likely.
     
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