V-Tail saves the day
Nearly had a bad “oopsie” yesterday when one of my servos became unstuck.
I felt the plane was behaving really sluggish in pitch and brought it in for a landing. It barely flared on landing and I ended up plowing through the dirt with the nose. Luckily, other than being dirty, the plane was not damaged.
Turns out one of the tail servos came loose and I was controlling the plane with only the other servo that was left.
Had this been a regular tail and it was the elevator servo that came loose, I’m not so sure I could have landed the plane intact!
That begs the question – for a future long endurance FPV platform carrying potentially thousands of rands of gear, is the redundancy given by a V-tail and twin servo aileron set up not the way to go? With that kind of set up one can lose any servo and still have control.
What are the downside to a v-tail? I can’t say that it flies much different to my other planes and it is one control surface’s drag less. So far there seem to be only up-sides…