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Monday, December 8, 2014

48" Yak EXP Video Showcase__Hell Yeah!

It's been a very Yak kind of year for me. Lately the new 60" Yak EXP has gotten the bulk of my attention/affection, but the 48" have taken a good shakedown too this year. Most of the first half of the year I was tormenting my 48" beata (beater) Yak, hoping to kill it so I would have an excuse to build a new one. This plane has now had a motorbox replacement, two canopies, two rudders and three landing gear legs, plus a set of wheel pants and a pair of wheels.

I keep wrecking it in ways that leaves it easy to repair. Just buy the replacement parts, replace and fly.

I damaged the plane early on and after that I just didn't care about it as much. Of course, it's still money, so I had to fix it (repeatedly, that is) and keep flying it. After awhile, I just became bonded with it and it flies so well that when I do kill it I will regret  not treating it any better!

Yak EXP Hell Yeah from Doc Austin on Vimeo.

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Wood airplanes seem to be too stiff when you first build them. The wood has to flex and the hinges need to loosen up, and it takes a little time for an airplane to really come good. The best flying planes I own have got a few miles on them, and that's why in a lot of ways it hurts more to wreck an old beater than a brand new one.

The 48" Yak is a bit different from the other EXPs, which makes it both more challenging and more rewarding. I have probably flown this plane more than any other this year, and I think that shows up in the kind of confidence you see in the videos. Once you get dialed into the Yak, you feel like you can do almost anything with it.

Thanks to the Mayor Of South Tampa for the great camera work.

Here are a few Yak videos that I simply forgot to blog. We shoot so much video and the whole year has been such a blur. Things are starting to return to normal, but it's been a wicked ride.