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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

60" Yak EXP__A Clearer Picture

With any good plane you leave after the first day feeling good about it, which I did with this Yak. What I didn't feel good about was getting the report done without pushing the plane really hard. The conditions were just too poor for that, but live reports are time sensitive, and I finished up the report knowing that the most important part of the story was just about to unfold.

Now after about 10 more flights we have a much clearer picture about how the new Yak flies. Normally you find out what's wrong with a plane when you push it really hard, but with the big Yak, the harder you push the plane to the edge, the more it shows you how good it is.

The Yak is delightfully and surprisingly light on it's wings. I was expecting it to feel heavy compared to the Edge, but that's not the case at all. The Edge is still more stable in a harrier, but the Yak can fly just as slowly with a little more work. I feel like I can harrier the Yak maybe even a little better than the Edge, but it's a lot harder work.

The Yak has a different kind if harrier attitude. It really likes to have the nose way, way up there. When it's like that you can snatch the whole plane around with a sharp blast of vectored thrust and some rudder deflection. This plane does superb harrier turns. It's just joyful to drag around as slowly as you can.

The light weight, coupled with the axial rolling nature of the Yak really helps the plane in rolling harriers. I've still got a long way to go with perfecting mine, but with the Yak it's so much easier because it all happens so much more slowly, and the plane stays on axis so well that I spend a lot less effort correcting.

Since the Yak is so axial, it likes to snap and spin in a straight line. This trait makes it easy to know and control your exits of snaps and tumbles. Exiting spins exactly on course is as little more difficult, but reverse rudder will stop it in it's tracks.

Mostly I am finding the plane always goes where I want it to. If I get sloppy, the Yak makes me work for it, but in all it's surprising that it is so smooth, stable and easy to fly. The little Yak has a bit of a temper, but the 60" is very surefooted and well mannered.

I'm still digesting the information from today's flights, but it is clear this Yak is a deadly serious machine. Even in view of that, it's also a joyful plane to fly. I plan to keep flying it hard, shooting more video, and having a blast with this plane.