The Flite Test Commuter is an airplane designed by the community tester, Ben Harber. The built is considered intermediate, and is an ideal choice for pilots looking for slightly more skilled build process, and a docile and relaxing every day flyer.
Two designs are possible, the first is the yank and bank style with only aileron and elevator control. However, you can add rudder control (with extras purchase such as servo and linkage).
- Laser-cut Foam Airframe
- Push Rods
- Control Horns
This product was added to our catalog on May 30, 2019
The build video I watched was on the tech channel...two hours after it was posted. Good one Mr.Bixler. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nE2933vb_Cw
You should watch the nose portion of the video a couple of times. It make sense when you are finished. :) Especially the fiddly bits right at the end...or should I say nose. It's lovely how the compound angles all come together. Go slow- get done fast.
As I was experimenting with a new flight controller I initially taped the wing on. Hard crash tore the top of the windshield a bit.
Made a decision to go with the flight controller and glued the wing on...added the struts and repaired the little tear...
This is a tough little bird.
Now that I know how to do it I am ordering a second Commuter.
My maiden flight ended prematurely when the throttle servo came unglued and shut the engine off when it was low-and-slow; plane nosedived like a brick. Sum total of damage was a nose gear stoved in, I had it airworthy again with maybe 45 minutes of work.
If you're even half-tempted by an FT aircraft, this is a good one to start with. You won't regret building one of these!
Keep 'em coming (maybe a Beech D18 and/or a DC3 pretty please?)