Aquila

 

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Aquila  
by Lee Renaud
from Airtronics, RCMplans (ref:596)
May 1975 
99in span
Tags: Glider R/C
formers unchecked
got article :)


Submitted to Outerzone: 12/12/2013
Outerzone planID: oz5136 | Filesize: 1185KB | Format: • PDFbitmap | Credit*: theshadow

   

About this Plan

Aquila - Radio control sailplane.

Quote: - "The Aquila (pronounced ah-keel'-ah as in tequila) provides Unlimited Class performance with a Standard Class model. This has been achieved by aerodynamic design and structural refinement. It is, basically, a chopped wing span Unlimited Class model.
The wing chord is 9in to increase Reynolds number and provide increased wing area. We feel that these factors are more important than the reduction in induced drag from higher aspect ratios. The wider chord provides greater visibility at high altitudes since the width of the wing is more significant than the span. The increased area also provides higher launches as it will carry the weight of the launch line better than the smaller area ships. (As long as all models are flown on the same launch equipment and the launch device is sized to lift the big ships the smaller ships are at a disadvantage.)
The airfoil is a medium thickness. flat bottomed section with a low entry point. The leading edge radius is fairly large to provide a soft stall and the high point is located at 30%. Our experience shows that this type of airfoil performs better than the undercambered sections under all conditions except dead calm. Since some wind seems to prevail during most contests, the ease of building and covering far offsets the minor loss of performance under atypical conditions.
The wing planform with constant chord center panels and double tapered tips is nearly as efficient as an elliptical planform and much easier to build and repair. Positive Hoerner tips are utilized to reduce tip vortex losses and increase effective span. This style tip is used on the full-scale Duster sailplane and discussions with Hank Thor, the Duster designer, while researching a scale model convinced us that this type of tip would improve model performance. Polyhedral is used because of the superior turn characteristics over Vee dihedral. The change in leading edge radius on the tip panels eliminates tip stalling and avoids the loss of lift caused when wash out is used for this purpose..."

Quote: - "Hi Steve - Here is Lee Renaud's Aquila from the defunct Airtronics model company. The scan is from the original kit plan. Skip Miller's world championship with the Aquila, in 1977, inspired me to buy the kit. The Aquila and our first child arrived at the same time and ... as John Lennon wrote, 'Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.' The Aquila still resides in its box on my shop shelf!"

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Update 26/09/2016: article pages, text & pics added, thanks to RFJ.

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User comments

It seems the Airtronics plan and the RCM plan were almost identical. Quoting ThermalSniffer : - "The only difference is the design credit box in the lower right. I have the kit and the kit plan consists of 2 sheets identical to those in the magazine. There was no parts sheet, all parts are shown on the plans already."
SteveWMD - 03/06/2015
Hello. I want to introduce glider Aquila, which built in 2013 [see more pics 004-006]. The glider was built entirely by me, using only the plans. It was equipped with an electric motor Turnigy 3536 1250 kV, 60A ESC, propeller 11x4. rudder and elevator are driven hitec hs 81, brakes HXT 900 battery 2200 mAh 3S.
Christopher - 12/10/2015
Just wondered if you could use a picture to give scale [more pics 007]. Fantastic site, thank you so much!
Charles - 23/09/2016
Lovely picture, Charles. Who is the sweet little boy?
Mary - 10/10/2016
The picture is my son Phillip, taken in 1975. I hate to show you the subsequent photo, but here it is ... tree'd in Dundas, Ontario [more pics 008].
Charles - 10/10/2016
Hallo - Aquila, scratch built from Outerzone plans [more pics 009, 010]. Greets
JJDeweerdt - 20/01/2017
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