The two-axis controls seem to be confirmed by this cockpit photo that shows a bare floor without pedals. Note the two roof-mounted levers that look like throttles for a twin-engine type, those are the controls for the Cosandey flaps.Le poste de pilotage biplace est indépendant de la cabine. Le pilotage est du type Mignet à deux commandes; sur l'aile arrière se trouvent deux volets qui permettent de cabrer d'avantage aux faibles vitesses et d'incliner l'appareil pour les approches par très fort vent de travers. Les gouvernes peuvent être facilement agencées pour avoir un système classique à trois commandes et raffinement suprême, on peut disposer sur le même appareil d'une place pilote "Mignet" et d'une autre "classique" !
The two-seat cockpit is independent from the cabin. Piloting is Mignet-style with two controls; on the rear wing are two flaps which allow bringing the nose up higher at low speeds and to angle the aircraft for the landing approach in a strong crosswind. The controls can easily be arranged to have conventional three-axis controls and great refinement, you can even have on the same aircraft one set of "Mignet" controls and the other set "conventional!" [Translation by yours truly.]
Actually, that discussion has been more-or-less done to death, earlier on in this thread.Blasphemer! May the Pous of a thousand camels......
Perhaps a "3 Axis Flea? Improvement, or Heresy?" Thread?
I think that this is part of the decision-making process that Duncan has incorporated into his design.Actually at this point, pedantic fun aside, a 3 axis Flea with ailerons on the rear wing is rather intriguing.
Philosophically, there seem to be two main "missions" for the Flea as designed. ( and redesigned to fix the pitch issue ) In no order.
1. A two axis plane for a pilot who did not like the 3 axis control schemes of the day, and wanted something simple he could deal with. Technology over competence. ( and we've had many such threads, usually involving spins ) With a hint of solving a problem not everyone has.
B. A cheap simple plane that can be built in limited space, with short wings and fuselage.
Yes, well Duncan has named his the Rangi-Pou.If you focus on B, your resulting "not a real Pou" could be a practical wee sport plane. ( as long as you don't go ego-stupid and chase "world's smallest" etc. )
There have to be other insects in the annoying to humans category to name it if the Flea Folk get all huffy, Bed Bug? Nah. Roach? Unkillable. Thunder Roach?