Why the Flitzer?
ZK-FZR "Elfega" made her first flight today 25 August 2011 at 1139 hours NZST from the Otaki Airstrip about 70 kms north of Wellington, New Zealand. Duration 20 minutes with wind 5 - 8 kts down the runway and a little more upstairs. Cloudbase of 1200 ft or so.
What can I say. Handled very well and reminded me strongly of my Druine Turbulent but a lot more precise in the roll axis. No trim problems that I could sense and good forward view right up to the flare. Easy to control on both takeoff and landing .Cockpit very comfortable.
Now looking forwards completing the flight test phase and fine tuning a few things.
Thanks Lynn and thanks to my ground crew Neil and Dennis.
Here's the aeroplane airborne for the very first time. Ray reported nose-heaviness which was to be expected as it was built for Bernard's personal weight, so the dimensional reduction in the forward fuselage was not effected and the engine mount is of the standard length. However, this can be countered with two small foam wedges taped to the underside of the elevator for the remainder of the test flying, and these can be removed when Bernard is at the controls. It is not worth adjusting the tailplane angle (which would also mean re-adjusting the elevator cable lengths) for the purposes of the test flying period.
Ray reported delightful handling and a good view in the air and on finals, with a small amount of skid applied. Mixture control is something to be monitored to get the best from the machine as it appeared to be a little choked on this twenty minute flight. I find the same thing wth the Z-1 prototype, that the mixture needs to be fine-tuned during the actual take off run, and as it sweetens up the power really comes on.
Many congratulations, Bernard, on building such a fine aeroplane and an excellent example of the Flitzer marque.
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