Mats FLYING WINGS
The Wes Whitehurst Carbon Monarch
Oct 2, 2001 The Carbon Monarch launching!
July 12, 2002. After a day of flying the big stuff there is nothing more releasing than soaring the Monarch after 6:30 in the evening. Yes, Mike had soared the Grob 102 for most of the afternoon and for the evening entertainment we soared the Monarch. Mike took the first tow and fell out... Mat the second, and managed an extended flight but Mike caught the first evening thermal and went to 4700 MS then ran around the sky for the next hour of course he froze in his short sleeves!!
Mat and Mike both agree that the Monarch Flying is a lot more rewarding than the big ships. the speeds are much slower thermally at 28 mph makes for very small circles. Mike actually developed a new way to fly micrologist. As the Monarch hits a thermal above, 1000, agl. the nose dips and one has all the signs of a thermal, the warmer air, the smell and bits of debris floating about. Mike just drives straight through at his best sink rated this is surprisingly long sometimes. As he leaves the thermal he just makes a turn back and flies straight to the other side giving a lower sink rate ( wings level, and a lower airspeed). Seems to work well!
Evening thermals are quite different than those of the daytime. Many a time it is not that enjoyable in the mid-day with the very strong thermals. The Evening can be very different. We usually tow up to 1000 ft. alg. Thermal occurring below 1000 agl this are usually very small and very hard to turn in as a general rule.... but we can get up from as low as 200 ft! Once you have crossed the 1000 agl mark the thermals seem to eight combine or widen and the Monarch can circle in the core which is now become very smooth.
Choosing the correct conditions make or break your flight enjoyment.
Below is Mikes Barograph tracing. It was cut short by a radio transmission just at about 55 minutes. We do have a problem with the radio affecting the Flytec Vario!
|Mike landing at 7:30 p.m. after his hour long flight.|
|Mat doing a precision landing, just before the grass runway!|
|Mike thermalling overhead!|
|Thats Mike up there at 4600 msl.|
July 3,2002. We went flying for the evening, the weather was hot and not really soarable by still a lot of enjoyment to be had. We played with the CG location, flew at differing speeds and generally found that the Ohlrich glider with the new full windscreen really reduced the cockpit drag and as a result the full windscreened Monarch has better performance. We flew at speeds of about 26- 28 mph up to 50 mph. We have some very good photos of the launching from the glider.
|Getting ready for flying !|
|Note the tow rope.. 3/16" polypropylene under 160 lbs tension. The tow vehicle is just past the taxiway.. the weight of the rope really puts a large bow in the rope!|
|A high banked turn over the countryside.|
|Mike just before touchdown|
|Mat over the airport.|
June 26, 2002. Yes we have worked hard and the trailer is finished... so what else to do but go fly... just to get the bugs out and do a few refinements ofcourse!
|Mike with a big smile on his face after his frist flight in a long time!!|
|Mat after the first flight!.. what a great glider! CG position at 5 ", measured from the ground to the bottom of the tailpost. Mike without weights is 5 " . We both flew at 5" and for thermal weather this would be fine... however for light conditions 7-8" would be fine with a minimum speed of about 20 mph projected. Mat weighs 150 lbs clothed.Mike about 180 lbs.|
|Assembling the glider|
|The new trailer and carbon monarch ready for assembly!|
|Ready for the road test of the trailer!|
June 22, 2002. We have a trailer.
|turning the tgrailer over!|
|Finally out of the mold! now for fenders, door and lights!..... and a new tipping mechanism?????|
June 15, 2002. The bottom is on!
|And we have started the wing holders....|
|The bottom is plywood covered in 6 oz cloth.. now for the axle and tongue!|
|Toby hard at work laying the 6 oz cloth on the bottom.... door open and lots of fans blowing!@!!|
June 12, 2002.The trailer top shell is finished.. and the fuselage holder is complete.
|The final layer of the 18 oz over the ribs... now to put on the bottom!|
|The fuselage holder complete....trial run using the naubert trailer.|
June 10, 2002. We had a rough start on the first attempt at making the trailer... the heat and high humidity caused problems so we started again!
|Wetting out the mat cloth with a paint roller.|
|The cat walk used in spraying the gel coat|
June 5, 2002. Yes its trailer making time! The fuselage holder is first!
|Gluing the underside supports|
|The fuselage resting in the fuselage holder.|
Nov 7, 2001. Well the weather held up so we convinced Jim to have a flight! Not too much lift but a lot of fun!
|Yup "The best handling Monarch I have flown!" Needless to say Jim was impressed!|
Nov. 6, 2001. Mat flew the Carbon Monarch with a new aft CG. Speeds as low as 26 where recorded. Unfortunately he forgot to set the barograph so there is no record of it... next time. There is a barograph trace in the Butterfly works (look under Monarch G performance) for those interested with the old CG position.
Oct. 22, 2001. We relcated the airspeed further forward on the nose to see if the readings where any better since the high speed was off by about 8 mph. In the end the best spot was having it mounted on the strut! The Flytec now records the airspeed, time and vario in a more accurate fashion.
Oct 7, 2001. Wes came up for the fall workshop and to fly his glider.
|Wes Whitehurst and his new Carbon Monarch! Wes has just landed and could hardly wait for another tow!|
|Checking out the weight and Balance|
|Wes landing after an evening flight!|
|Wes setting up the landing, Oct 6, 2001|
October 2, 2001; Great evening flying. i needed some calmer air to try different CG ranges... what a lot of fun I had, a nimble fun glider. I am having some problems with the airspeed however....I think its palcement is not correct!
|Landing on 30|
Sept 27, 2001. The instruments are installed!
|Hmm... thats a rather blank panel.... but it has everything including a barograph!|
September 26, 2001. The day was cloudy and windy but wer did the first of the high tows. The glider tows with less tension... about 155 lbs and gets higher than the heavier Monarch G prototype. The airspeed was quite low and the aileron control quite quick. I did quite a number of 360 's... thermalled a little. the air was slightly roudy... but from these flights I know that the sink rate is very low.... it also goes quite fast. I was without instruments on these flights... and in our next session I will mount the Flytec instrument package to record our flights.
|Mat landing after the first high flight with a launch to 1300 ft with a 160 lb tension, 3/16" polypropelene line.|
|Yes it floats.... note the grey skys.|
Past photos of the Wes Monarch. August 23, 2001to Sept 23, 2001
Past photos of the Wes Monarch. July12, 2001 to August 23,, 2001
Past photos of the Wes Monarch. June 11, 2001 to July 11, 2001
Past photos of the Wes Monarch. May 18, 2001 to June 11, 2001
Past photos of the Wes Monarch. Apr 2, 2001 to May 14, 2001
Past photos of the Wes Monarch. Jan 13, 2001 to Mar 27, 2001
Past photos of the Wes Monarch. December15 to Jan 13, 2001
Past photos of the Wes Monarch. Early December 2 to December 18, 2000
Past Photos of the Wes Monarch. October 2000- December 2000