First flights of my Hyper 2ME glider
I've been flying my Hyper for about 10 days now and wanted to share my experiences and excitement about my newest glider! I'm quite jazzed about the performance - it responds to the lightest lift but still penetrates into the wind surprisingly well for a plane that only weighs 22 ounces. I was also surprised how fast it climbs on my 2-cell power system. I have another glider - a Culex - which is about the same weight and wingspan with exactly the same power system and the Hyper climbs much faster. My estimate is that it gets to 400 feet in less than 15 seconds. I attribute most of that to the Drela airfoil (AG04) in the Hyper versus the MH32 in the Culex. And the Hyper handles like a dream. I've got the CG back to 84mm and it still won't fall off in slow steep turns. I've worked a lot of thermals that I caught at 10-20 feet up to altitude, feeling confident enough to bank steeply near the ground. I wouldn't do that with my Culex!
The build was more time consuming than expected. Their were no instructions or hardware included. Even though I'm a very experienced builder it took me a while to design the control setup for the tail feathers, etc.
BTW - the Hyper build is likely to be quite nose heavy. I had to add 1/2 ounce of lead inside the fin. Even then the battery is almost as far back as it will go to get me the CG where the plane gradually pulls up in the dive test - 84mm.
Wingspan: 79 inches
Area: 558 sq inches
AUW: 22 ounces
Wing loading: about 5.6 oz/sq ft
Motor: Hyperion GS2213-14 w/13x7 prop
ESC: Jeti Spin 33
Battery: Hyperion 2S 1100mAh 45C lipo
Receiver: Hitec Optima 6 Lite
Stabilator servo: Hitec HS-65HB
Aileron servos: Hitec HS-56HB
Flap servo: Hitec HS-65MG
Rudder servo: Dymond D47
Duration:flights as long as an hour. About 10-12 climbs to altitude.