Seeing as it is such a miserable day I decided that it is perfect for rebuilding Moose’s old SkyClimber. The SkyClimber flew extremely well with the NineEagles stabiliser system WHEN it was calibrated & functioning correctly but this was very hit and miss and the poor old glider had more than her fair share of nose dives into Terra Firma.
The intention is to strip it down completely, get rid of the Nine Eagles stabiliser/receiver, straighten out the bent nose section as much as possible then rebuild it with an X8R Taranis Rx and FY-41APLite AutoPilot/stabiliser.
How it was when I received it.
After removing all the tape & decals the wings are finally detached from the body
After Hot Water treatment
X8R receiver installed in lower hatch
Twin Antennas installed @ right angles to each other
FY-41AP Lite autopilot/stabiliser on anti vibration mounts with styrene plate fixed with Velcro to plane
Mounted into plane ready for wiring
GPS Antenna module on top of fuselage @ roughly COG
Not bad for day one, the Rx has been programmed & bound, the AP wired & tested and all servos tested.
Just need to install the power module & Air Flow sensor then tidy up the wiring and finish programming the AP but that can wait for tomorrow.
Pitot tube installed for Air Speed Sensor
Auto Pilot wiring installed & tested
All starts to look a bit tight once the ESC & Power Module are fitted but by mounting where they are the COG is correct & adjustable between 65mm & 70mm from wing leading edge. Adjustment achievable by small relocation of battery on its mount, no additional ballast required.
Close up of power module showing Velcro mount to internal top of fuselage
The Sky Climber ready for her next test flight
All control surface functions have been tested along with the full functionality of the FY-41AP Lite Auto Pilot.