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ronmckie
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27/06/2019 8:51 pm  

Powered sailplanes come in many sizes and configurations. This is a discussion about them.

I have a  couple of them, an Eluna 1.5m PNP and a Radian XL 2.6. The Radian I have managed to catch some thermals with it and have managed several flights, the Eluna unfortunately only had one that ended rather abruptly (so sad).


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W1WLH
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14/11/2019 9:40 pm  
Posted by: @ronmckie

Powered sailplanes come in many sizes and configurations. This is a discussion about them.

I have a  couple of them, an Eluna 1.5m PNP and a Radian XL 2.6. The Radian I have managed to catch some thermals with it and have managed several flights, the Eluna unfortunately only had one that ended rather abruptly (so sad).

Hello,

I'm a new member to IRCC so I've got a lot to learn about flying sailplanes at the club field.  I'm an intermediate skilled flyer and have been in the hobby for 60+ years.  My specialty is flying electric powered sailplanes, most of which are built by me from either a balsa kit or from plans.  My only foam sailplane is the MultiPlex Solius - a real favorite for me.  I have numerous other 2m sailplanes all of which I've built from balsa kits.  I enjoy building perhaps as much, if not more, than flying.  I have almost no experience with high starts since all of the electric powered aircraft in my hangar (16) are electric powered and are easily hand-launched.  When I was a much younger man I was into gas powered models since electrics weren't very popular at that point in time.  Today, however, things have changed and I'm loving it!

I look forward to exchanging ideas with other IRCC sailplane members and meeting and flying with you at the club field.

Regards,

Bill


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ronmckie
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16/11/2019 8:17 am  

I am a relatively new flyer, and if you're at the next meeting, maybe we can meet up. I'll bring my Radian with me (have to dust it off!). I'm also into hand launch and slope flying. Looking for a good site for that.

Ron


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W1WLH
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16/11/2019 8:24 pm  

@ronmckie

Hi Ron, 

I expect to be at the December club meeting.   Thanks for the reply.   I hope to start flying this coming week.  Only question I have at this time is where on the field sailplane flyers are expected to operate?  Thanks Bill


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ronmckie
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18/11/2019 5:55 pm  

Sort of have to figure that out! Haven't met any others yet to see how they do it.


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W1WLH
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18/11/2019 7:32 pm  
Posted by: @ronmckie

Sort of have to figure that out! Haven't met any others yet to see how they do it.

I'm sure someone at the field will let us know how/where we're to setup our field box and launch/land our sailplanes.  If I find out this week I'll post the information here on the forum.  I just arrived Lakeland today and am getting my winter home setup.  As soon as I'm done with that I'll be heading to the field for some flying.  My email address is:  w1wlh@earthlink.net if ya want to send me a message off the forum.

Bill


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W1WLH
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07/01/2020 10:54 pm  

I had the honor of meeting Steve Jaworski at the club field a few weeks back.  Steve is a long-time member of the club and a very energetic sailplane enthusiast - builder and flyer.  Steve took me under his wing from the get-go and showed me the ropes.  Here's what I found out.  If you're an electric powered sailplane flyer like me, you can hand launch your sailplane anywhere by the flight-line it suits you as long as you verbally announce LAUNCH before your sailplane enters flight.  I've flown at the southern edge of the long runway where everyone else stands while piloting their aircraft and in the grassy area on the east side of the field - south of the hard surface runway.  I found it to be very convenient to stand there, hand launch my sailplane then when it is time to land simply do so in the grass in front of where I'm standing.  There again, announce LANDING before doing so - so everyone else in the air knows your intentions.  Simple enough!

If you require a high-start to get into the air, things become a bit more complicated.  High starts are conducted on the North side of the main runway well into the grassy area.  Drive your vehicle to the site you desire, unload your vehicle, then move it to the vehicle parking area.  Steve has established a well thought out procedure where he blows a very loud air-horn just prior to launch so everyone in the air knows that his tethering cable will be in the air for several seconds after launch. 

I personally like flying my sailplane well to the northeast of the main runway, away form all the other powered flight activities.  Another option is directly over or North of where you've setup your high-start.  Once you're finished your flying you can retrieve your equipment in reverse order from what you did to setup.  The main rule is DO NOT leave your vehicle on the flying field.

I've really enjoyed the camaraderie with all the club members I've met.  They've welcomed me into the club and have made me feel like a valued member.  If you want to fly sailplanes as Steve and I do, please bring them to the field and one of the members will do all they can to assist you, especially if you're uncertain of the procedure.

Happy Flying!


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