Does low speed aerobatics feel a bit wrong? ( Virtually wrong ? )
Does your plane stall in a way which seems a bit fishy?
Today I was bashing around in the N17 GBR and the N28.
Both seem to wobble alarmingly when flown way too slowly. ( I am very very used to flying like this.)
Is it the large paddle like wings which for some reason are able move through the air ( flat ways ) like the air is not really there. (?)
or am I dreaming.
The amount of force you would need to push a wing against the air would be significant.
and yet the plane seems to flop about so, like the air is not really there.
(yes I can imagine air recirculating/slipping around the wing as it move "down" etc... but...hmm.)
and I remember someone suggesting the N28 felt oddly over weight.
Well for those pilots that have actually tried to out turn other planes in it ( the n28) ,
you will have noted it's tendency to fall out of the sky at certain speeds,
like it's much much heavier than it looks...
Which is the thing that struck me just not more than five minutes ago.
The reason why I am thinking about this this is because I prefer slow knife fights and flying on the edge or even outside the flight envelope.
( Not flying like a "bat out of hell on rails".)
The slow and protracted fight is my kind of thing but it feels as though the FM has been a bit neglected in this area and is sort of
a bit over simplified. ( I might be quite wrong here and would be happy to be shown why I am so.)
The actual wings pushing sideways against air is not a really big deal when you are slicing fwd through the air really fast. ( maybe?)
However it IS when you are starting to move very slowly through the air in a stall.
If you take a sheet of plywood and try to drop it flat, it will resist the urge to fall like a brick.
This is due to air compression. ( easiest way to describe it)
The sheet will try to slip sideways, to cut through the air mas and fall edge ways.
The wing of my n28 seems to push flat ways through the air like it's not there, when it begins to stall.
( imagine a fuselage with no wings or a wing with no air. )
Is this really what one would expect from a light weight plane with such large wings?
It looks like "floating" has not been included in the FM. ( am I wrong ?)
I realise that programming a FM is not easy and it's going to be hard to please every one.
it would not surprise me if the FM was tailored to "fast flying" and some of the more complex
low speed factors have been simplified out.
Such if life.
and this is not a whinge it's an observation. : )
Feel free to tell me I am full of twaddle by PM.
and Lessons on how N17 or N28's actually work at low speed would be gratefully accepted.
PS. When they finally put a better engine on the N28 I will be a very very happy hedge hog. More torque, less top end thanks!