Novi Arrow. RC pattern plane. South African FAI Elimination Winner. The plan shows both full elliptical wing and clipped wing versions, so actual wingspan may be either 70in or 66-1/2in.
Quote: "From South Africa, where the art forms are expressed in strikingly elegant lines, comes the Novi Arrow. This internationally renowned FAI pattern bird flies with a gazelle's gracefulness, yet it's a lion in competition. Novi Arrow, by John Brink.
Successful pattern flying consists of four major elements: the pilot, airplane, radio and the engine. With the Novi Arrow, the airplane element is taken care of - the rest can be bought or developed with practice.
What is so special about the elliptical wing? Does the extra trouble in con-struction warrant the results? Well - build one, and be convinced it does! For a start, it looks nice. All men like curves, and this includes those hard-to-please judges. But the elliptical wing has far more going for it than this. Theoretically, it is supposed to represent the ideal planform from a distribution-of-lift point of view; also it is an effective way of packing in maximum wing area within a given span.
This extra area helps to maintain a reasonable wing loading, especially with the additional weight retracts have brought to pattern planes. Most of our flying in South Africa is at altitudes of 6000 ft, in temperatures of 80 to 100°F. so keep it light for similar conditions..."
Note there is some central white banding on this scan, would be nice at some point to replace this with a better scan, a complete version.
Update 27/05/2016: article pages, text & pics added, thanks to RFJ.
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