GWS's Pico Sticks have
introduced thousands of flyers to slow flying. These simple stick fuselage
airplanes are the ultimate in simplicity and fun. Now GWS is taking these slow
flyers to the next step by introducing a full fuselage version- the Pico Stick
FD (fuselage design).
GWS's Pico Stick FD uses the same efficient power
system wing and tail as the Pico Stick and mates it with a lightweight injected
foam fuselage. The fuselage comes in two halves and is joined with included
foam-compatible glue. The tail is joined to the fuse, and the wing halves are
glued together. The preassembled gear box with prop is installed, and the
vacuum-formed cowl is then screwed in place. All hardware and pushrods are
included, so all that's needed is a micro flight pack with two servos, a
receiver speed controller, and a 6-cell 7.2-volt battery. GWS conveniently
offers flight packs that include everything else needed (except transmitter) to
complete the Stick in one package.
It took our staff about three hours to assemble the Pico
Stick FD and install the radio gear. Total weight with a GWS micro flight pack
and a 270mAh 6-cell battery was just 8.4 ounces. That's within a half an once of
the stick fuselage version.
With flight speeds averaging in the 5 to 8
mph range, the Pico Stick FD is great for indoor gymnasiums or on days with
little or no wind outdoors. Climb performance and power is very good, as we
could do loops from a shallow dive and climb to 100 feet in about 25
What we like most about the
Stick FD is its maneuverability. We could do tight spiraling nose-high turns in
about 12 feet at stall speed with full control. Figure eights with full throttle
and touch-and-go's are tons of fun. The maneuverability in tight areas,
stability, and ease of flight is even better than the stick fuselage version,
due to the wing having greater support at the center section. The challenge of
flying a micro version of the Ugly Stick is great fun - and that's what this
airplane is all about!