On 29 June 2017 I had the JS3 plans enlarged and Georg and I first laid them out in his workshop. Seeing the plans at the scale that we intended to build the plane (1:3.5) we needed little convincing that we were going to build this beauty. This morning, a bit over 11 months later, we maidened the first JS3 in our team. Georg, our master designer/builder, has been working very hard in the last few weeks to finalise his JS3 so that we could maiden it this week still. The plane is not quite ready yet – he still needs to finish putting on the decals and finalise the cockpit interior, but we did not want to miss the opportunity to have the majority of our team and our excellent tow pilot and team member Andi together for the first maiden.
Georg flew both the 15m (4.28m) and 18m (5.14m) versions. The 18m version has eight wing control surfaces, the 15m version has six. We expect to use the 15m version mainly for slope soaring, and the 18m version for flying on our club’s airfield. Both versions performed very well. As expected, the 18m version is amazing in thermals, whereas the 15m version is a bit more agile and faster. Georg will be finetuning the setting of the plane over the next few weeks, but on the basis of the three flight today it is clear that this is an amazing glider.
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