We spent a week flying at the Hahnenmoospass (near Adelboden, Switzerland) where we also slope-tested Georg’s new JS3. He flew both the 5.14m (18m) and the 4.28m (15m) versions. Both versions performed very well. As expected, the 18m version thermals very well and is very stable, whereas the 15m version is more agile and faster. As Georg continues to fine-tune the plane’s center of gravity and longitudinal dihedral the plane’s characteristics continue to improve. It’s a beauty to see and fly. Check out the video of the first slope start. One of the best flights was when Richie was piloting his scratch-built 1:3.5 JS1, the 21m version, together with Georg’s JS3 in its 18m version. Great to see the two planes with their characteristic wing shapes thermal together.
During the last flight the JS3 was involved in an unfortunate mid-air collision. Fortunately the JS3 survived without major damage, just a few paint scratches and bruises along the entire right side of the fuselage. With a bit of polishing and new decals the damage should be hardly visible. The other plane, an old Alpina, whose pilot caused the crash through a thoughtless maneuver that caused it to crash into the JS3 from below, suffered major damage.
Check out some of the photos below, including a group picture with my scratch-built Diana1.