Petite Parasol (oz5618)
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Petite Parasol. Sport parasol model for .09 power and single channel RC.
Quote: "A designer's dream of a good semi-scale model. Petite Parasol, by Ralph Fidance. Text By Bill Northrop.
If the Petite Parasol happens to look a little bit like a combination of the best features of the Pietenpol Air Camper, the Fairchild 22, Davis DW-1, and Heath Parasol, it's no coincidence. The designer, who admits to having begun life at 40 several years ago, was building models when these ships were the backbone of the pasture flying field era.
In those days, a plane that was built in the garage, in the back yard under a tree, or down in the basement was called a 'homebuilt.' Nowadays it is called an 'Experimental Aircraft,' the builder is usually a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, and the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) supervises all legal construction work.
The Petite Parasol's designer, as a true aviation enthusiast, made the natural progression from models to full size aircraft. Hanging around the airport, running errands for mechanics and pilots, sweeping out hangars, and occasionally, the reward for these efforts, going along on a check flight, were all a part of his aviation experiences. He went on to earn his pilot's and instructor's licenses, and eventually flew anti-submarine patrol along the Atlantic sea coast with the CAP during WW II.
As an R/C pilot today Ralph is, by choice, a confirmed single-channel sport flier. Enjoying radio-controlled model airplanes as a hobby rather than allowing it to become a frantic obsession, he prefers to build and fly his own designs, and favors the realism and relaxation of scale-like models flying as near to scale speed as possible.
The Petite Parasol is one of the best of Ralph's efforts. On the ground or in the air, it looks and behaves like a typical hornebuilt aircraft. For a 42-inch span plane, the rather solid 16-1/2 ounce wing loading of the prototype provides very smooth flight. With the Enya .09 in high but running a little rich, the ship will float along lazily in the traffic pattern, waiting patiently for a chance to drop in for a landing or touch and go.
When making a power on landing, height is maintained until the downwind leg is almost completed. Low motor is hit just before the turn into the base leg. The plane will start to settle as speed falls off. The turn into final approach naturally drops the nose somewhat, but a shot of opposite rudder at the correct moment will bring it up and put you on the glide path.
The plane's attitude in low motor is just about perfect. As it putt-putts down the runway, a couple of waddles on the rudder will drop the tail a little more and flare the glide out just enough to occasionally obtain a 3-point landing..."
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