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Ralph B



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 6:20 am    Post subject: How a Kolb Should Fly Reply with quote

I made this short video this morning to show how a Kolb should fly in calm air. My feet were neutral on the rudder pedals during this video. If your Kolb is well trimmed, it should fly like this.

https://youtu.be/OmTtp7rqS7w


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:08 am    Post subject: How a Kolb Should Fly Reply with quote

Ralph/All
Wow that is super but not normal. Most Kolbs are not going to fly straight and level for more than a second or two. It is always a challenge folding charts in flight.
Don't get me wrong Kolbs are great flying airplanes and controlling them is easy. The require very little control pressure when properly configured but you need to fly them constantly. Mark did a fantastic job building that airplane!
Personally I like to have airplanes trimmed to require just a small amount to back pressure. Did this with GA airplanes to, except when I needed to fold charts.
Also Bill sounds very reasonable and knowable. His plane certainly isn't rigged like most Kolbs but come on guys lighten up. Seems like it might fly a bit slower flying so tail high but wrong or dangerous??? I certainly don't have that level on knowledge. I'm also in the opinion that the problem isn't out aft CG. 
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I made this short video this morning to show how a Kolb should fly in calm air. My feet were neutral on the rudder pedals during this video. If your Kolb is well trimmed, it should fly like this.

https://youtu.be/OmTtp7rqS7w

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:38 am    Post subject: Re: How a Kolb Should Fly Reply with quote

neilsenrm(at)gmail.com wrote:
Ralph/All Wow that is super but not normal. Most Kolbs are not going to fly straight and level for more than a second or two.


You've got that right, Rick. Only in calm air will a Kolb fly hands free for awhile if it's rigged properly. However, once trimmed up, it will be more fun to fly. I also have to say that I had a right roll problem once I installed the 912uls. I bought the U-joint adjusters from Kolb and it fixed that problem. I also have to credit Mark German for building a fine Kolb aircraft. I love his workmanship.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:38 pm    Post subject: How a Kolb Should Fly Reply with quote

I flew this Kolbra not long after Mark built it. I can attest it is a good
flying, well built Kolb. Had the 912 UL on it then.

john h
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You've got that right, Rick. Only in calm air will a Kolb fly hands free for
awhile if it's rigged properly. However, once trimmed up, it will be more
fun to fly. I also have to say that a had a right roll problem once I
installed the 912uls. I bought the U-joint adjusters from Kolb and it fixed
that problem. I also have to credit Mark German for building a fine Kolb
aircraft. I love his workmanship.

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N20386
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