Len Evansic Posted November 1, 2004 Share Posted November 1, 2004 I can't contain myself. I'm so anxious to build and fly a canard I bought XPlane to simulate the actual physics of flying. So I've searched for and found XPlane models for Long EZ, Vari-EZ, and Cozy Mk. IV's on the web, but I think there are either serious bugs in them, the program itself, or my ability to fly this type of plane. First I tried out the Cozy model. It was made for the 6.x version of XPlane, and I'm running version 7.61. I thought XPlane was throwing some serious weather and turbulence at me because the plane would jump up and down all over the place in flight. When I made the panel transparent, I saw that the elevators were fluttering chaotically. I botched a landing, and tried again, but the plane was jumping around while parked on the runway! Something's not right... Next-up the Long-EZ. This seemed to handle much better, but it also seemed to be almost untrimmable for level flight. No matter how straight and level I had the plane, it would constantly turn or pitch and not maintain a heading. Aleron, rudder, and elevator trim could not remove either of these tendencies. Frustrated, I thought that maybe my installation of XPlane was suspect, so I loaded up a Cesna 172. This model was rock solid. Very trimmable, and nothing erratic. Extremely easy to fly and control. So, after this, I got to thinking. Since XPlane uses an aerodynamic model of the plane to govern the simulation, is the canard type of plane an inherently difficult to control beast? Am I just lacking the proper finesse, or are these models I downloaded just screwed up? I'm new to flying and have never had the privilege of flying in a canard plane, so any insight would be greatly appreciated. -- Len Quote -- Len Evansic, Cozy Mk. IV Plans #1283 Do you need a Flightline Chair, or other embroidered aviation accessory? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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