Nice pictures and good point.
The current fin and rudder setup is being reduced for better rotor and ground clearance. That is done. I think it is a good change too. Even with the stinger skid the rudders still dragged occasionally and you don't want that to happen to your ship. I think I saw that in one of the video clips on You-tube too.
Not having flown the ship with the new modified tail setup and 'secondary' rudder or nose-gear rudder (nose rudder or nudder?:lol:we need a good name for this thing!) as you named it, I cannot personally comment on the control authority with it.I flew the ship with the two-fin setup and she handled beautifully. I do believe thought that the flight test program they are busy with right now for certification will highlight any problems if they exist.
I do know that Carlos tested the nose-gear rudder and reported it worked great. We have tested the ship in low power and power-off flight before with the two-fin setup and found no adverse handling characteristics. Of course your rudder authority is reduced, but that is to be expected. In the event of an engine failure, I am confident that you will have more than adequate control authority.
Obviously this is something they will consider, test and document during the current flying portion of the certification.
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The movie will feature PHENIX paraphernalia as props, including our T-Shirts, WWII era vintage-feel PHENIX posters and maybe even PHENIX sew on badges for flight crew uniforms.
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Right now the designers are finalizing the designs and in 3 days we will post a link to vote/view on your favorite poster to be used in the movie!