September 2, 2023

Before this late August trip, we had increased the area of the tail surfaces (both elevator and rudder). The first goal for our testing on this trip was to do high speed taxi runs to verify that these flight surfaces were cleared for use in upcoming takeoff runs.
In doing these taxi runs, we discovered that the pilot input to the elevators were not as exact as it should be. Here, Samson engineer David Nobles is measuring the elevator movement as Test Pilot Rob Moehle calls out different settings from his controls in the cockpit. We discovered that there was greater elasticity in the controls to the elevator than there should have been. Due to weather cutting our testing short, we ended up having to fix this back in Prineville.

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