Extasy - Introduction

Extasy F3B sailplane


Our new model for the 2010 season. Designed by Günther Aichholzer with an airfoil by Maximilian Steidle. Designed mostly for F3B task speed and distance. New airfoils M1585M to M1574M were used for the model. It has excelent stalling characteristics, good for thermal flying. Standard version has kevlar fuselage nose for usage of 2,4 GHz systems.

Dynamic Soaring version

Extasy is also now available in DS (Dynamic Soaring) version.

  • empty weight from 2800g
  • double ballast tube in wing
  • massive carbon reinforcement of all parts
  • possibility 1800g additional ballast in brass (full wing and wing joiner)
  • price for model from 1490 euro

Extasy - Details

Extasy F3B sailplane
Category: F3B
Concept: Two part wing, two part elevator, v-tail
Wing span: 3018 mm
Length: 1507 mm
Wing area: 57,55 dm2
V-tail angle: ~ 101°
V-tail area: 5,60 dm2
Wing airfoil: M1585M-M1574M
Elevator airfoil: M08 - SD8025
Weight: from 2050g
Ballast: 1200g
Maximum servo width: wing center: 12 mm (Futaba S3150 or Graupner DS 3288) , wing tip: 10 mm (Futaba S3150), fuselage: 12 mm (Graupner 3871)
Wing carbon-rohacel-glass or carbon-rohacel-carbon
Spar UMS Carbon
Tailplane glass-rohacel-glass
Fuselage carbon-glass-kevlar


F3B Extasy V-tail drawing

Extasy - Settings

Extasy F3B sailplane

Settings table for Extasy by Güenter Aichholzer

Trim positions Flaps Ailreons Elevator Rudder
Normal 0 0 0 0
Thermal 3 down 3 down 1 up 0
Speed 1 up 1 up 0 0
Start 13 down 13 down 1 up 0
Butterfly 50 down 20 up 5 down 0
Deflections Flaps Ailreons Elevator Rudder
Distance 6/5 20/12 7/4 10/10
Thermal 0 25/0 7/4 10/10
Speed 5/4 20/14 6/4 0
Towhook: 128 mm from end of cabin to front of hook.
Center of gravity: from the leading edge 100 mm
up deflection/down deflection in milimeters

Settings templates

Extasy ailreon settings template Extasy flap settings template Elevator settings template

Extasy - Mounting

Extasy F3B sailplane


ballast for wing joiner (150g each) ballast for wing (1200g)

improved RDS

RDS horn RDS parts
frame and horn
RDS comlete,
horn in bearing
connection to servo new reinforcement
RDS pocket

v-tail driving system

Extasy - Performance analysis

Extasy F3B sailplane

At the beginning...

Our first experience with the XFLR 5 program was with the previous F3B model Evolution. When we designed the new model Extasy, we used our experience with this program again. The program can be used for determining the center of gravity and the angle difference between wing and elevator. Besides now we can compare the design of Evolution and Extasy in XFLR 5 and see the differences of both models in flight characteristics.

The Extasy was originally developed by Günter Aichholzer and airfoil by Maximilian Steidle as a faster version of the Evolution for better results in F3B tasks speed and distance. To achieve that the (aoa) angle of attack of the wing and angle between aoa wing and aoa elevator (v-tail) is very important. The value of the wing aoa is usually set from 1,5 degree (for more thermic-slower models) to 0,5 degree (faster-slope model). When the wing aoa is selected, then we must be find out the elevator aoa. The value of this angle depends on many conditions. There are two ways to find out this value. First way is method of trial and error, manufacturer tests model with many different values of elevator aoa. When the correct value is found, it is used on the final model. This may take some time and the result is unknown. Sometimes it is better to start at the beginning with a new value of wing aoa. Second way is to simulate flight characteristics before the model is even created. This gives us the opportunity to test many diferent configurations and select the right one to realize.

Summary results

When the model Evolution was made, we did not know about the program for the analysis of flight characteristics - XFLR5. Later we found this program and recreated the model Evolution in it. It turned out that the calculated flying properties of the model were very close to reality. In particular, the speed at which the model flies when control surfaces are neutral. To accelerate the model Evolution (for task distance and speed) it was necessary to push the elevator down by 0.6 mm. This property is also confirmed in the simulated model XFLR5. The new model Extasy was designed to avoid the need to suppress the elevator for a faster flight. With this the model achieves better performance in tasks of speed and distance. Velocity of the Extasy with control surfaces in neutral position was determined by the Evolution with suppressed elevator, which is about 16-18 m/s. The real Extasy model showed that indeed it is no longer needed to push down the elevator.

The terms used below

The program also revealed the flow interference between the wing and elevator. This interference causes the unusual behavior of the model at high angles of attack. When normal models lose speed and become non-steerable. Extasy on the contrary, shows to be very stable even at high angles of attack of the wing, such as in thermals. This table shows the percentual changes in flight performance of different model weights, according to the following graphs.

Extasy - summary of flight characteristics
model weight [g] stall speed [%] minimum descent maximum glide ratio trim speed [%]
speed [%] descent rate [%] speed [%] glide ratio [%]
2050 100 100 100 100 100 100
2400 107,3 107,4 105,0 109,5 104,1 109,4
2800 115,9 117,0 112,5 119,0 107,8 118,1
3000 120,7 122,3 115,0 125,7 109,0 122,0
3200 125,6 125,5 117,5 133,3 111,4 126,0
3400 128,0 129,8 120,0 141,0 113,5 130,7

Detail model performance

The results of the calculations are not verified by measurements on the model. All graphs shown here are based on the calculations by XFLR 5, which does not take all influences on the model into account. This is important when working with this information, the absolute values will not be as in reality. More useful information is provided by the graphs when the individual parameters at different model weights are compared.

Descent rate

The following charts show the relationship between model speed and model descent rate for different weight of model. This applies for direct flight, in turn on base are present further losses, which increase descent rate. It shows, for task speed, more model weight means a better result.

Forward speed

Speed relative to the surface (speed of model between bases on ground). Graphs show the relation between forward speed (Vx) and descent speed of the model (Vz). Increase model weight and decrease model descent speed. This applies for direct flight. Wind increases or decreases forward speed.

Glide ratio

Is in simplicity the ratio between forward speed and descent speed of the model. Glide ratio is different for each flying speed of model and weight of model.

Trim speed

Trim speed - all control surfaces (elevator,aileron, flaps) are in neutral, then model has a stable speed where the curve intersects x-axis on graph. For Extasy interference wing-elevator causes trim speed graph is more complicated.

Compare Extasy and Evolution characteristics

glide ratio Evolution and Extasy in range 8m/s - 20m/s glide ratio Evolution and Extasy in range 20m/s - 40m/s glide ratio Evolution and Extasy in range 40m/s - 65m/s descent speed Evolution and Extasy in range 8m/s - 16m/s
glide ratio for Vx=8m/s to 20m/s glide ratio for Vx=20m/s to 40m/s glide ratio for Vx=40m/s to 65m/s descent speed for Vx=8m/s to 16m/s

Visualisation (interference wing-elevator), drag distribution, lift distribution, pressure and stream lines

Extasy - Color design ver. 2010

Extasy F3B sailplane

Custom color scheme designer - version 2.0

Extasy - Pictures

Extasy F3B sailplane

Dynamic Soaring version

In flight

Final model

Color design for Extasy and some examples of color combination

CAD - CAM model

Extasy - Prices

Extasy F3B sailplane

Pricelist, model versions and order

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