Spin testing in the Giles

Spin aerodynamics and aircraft behavior still remains a grey area in aviation. A number of upright spins were flown from London, Ontario in order to investigate the spin characteristics for various control inputs. The first aircraft to be flown was the Giles together with aerobatic pilot MT. (More aircraft are planned to be span to complete the study).


Basic IMU instrumentation was installed on the aircraft for data collection. Significant differences were observed during left and right spins, aileron-in and aileron-out spins, and a flat spin that followed a tumble maneuver. In a 50-minute fight we completed 7 spins of 5 turns each as well as some basic aerobatics. The data is now waiting for analysis…


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