Need Electric Sailplane Recommendation for Windy Conditions
I have a PZ Radian and love it. I've been flying since 2004 and I mostly fly gassers and helis. I'm looking for a sailplane that's electric and can thermal that can fly in windy conditions as I live in West Texas. I probably wouldn't fly in winds over 25 mph, but it would be nice to have something else to take out other than helis when the wind is 20-25 mph.
Your going to really struggle to find a thermal sailplane that will cope with 25mph winds. That's about the upper limit that most full size gliders would comfortably take off and land in! Most RC thermal sailplanes would disappear backward in such a wind unless crammed full of lead.
Maybe buy a full size sailplane and convert to RC;)
Ok, so maybe 20-25 mph is a little extreme. Anything for the 15-20 mph range?
The wind is one reason why I want something with a motor. At least on my Radian, I can use the motor to help it along if I need to but I really don't fly it in any wind.
You might look for a 'Hotliner' / F5B type sailplane. They are built for speed as well as soaring so will cope with pretty strong wind. They aren't cheap though.
I actually bought a Nike 2 a few months ago. Just waiting on the builders to finish my workshop to start it.
Have you tried adding ballast to your Radian?
3 inches per oz. approximately
3 oz. = 9"
4 oz. = 12"
5 oz. = 15"
6 oz. = 18"
7 oz. = 21"
8 oz. = 24"
9 oz. = 27"
Radian Wing Tube = 27.5"
2 dowels required to keep the ballast centered
3 oz. dowels = 9.25"
4 oz. dowels = 7.75"
5 oz. dowels = 6.25"
6 oz. dowels = 4.75"
9 oz. dowels = 0.25"
What's your budget for the ARF?
On the cheap try a Bixler 1400mm size. I have flown it in 20mph wind, not fun as you have to fly it but if you stick it...not that big a deal. Easy to fix and usually doesn't hit too hard. I put a 2200 3 s in mine, extra weight helps. Great plane to get a bunch of stick time on. Have thermaled it with that battery and lost sight of it, need good lift though. Light lift won't do it. Compared to the $1000 Supra it is a easy quick fix for slightly windy days.
Try the Sonic 185 from Nitroplanes.com
I've flown this powered glider in 40+ mph winds on a 3 cell 2200mah.
It handles calm or windy weather great. Flies a lot better than underpowered parkzone gliders.
It only costs $91, and they carry lots of parts. You'll have to set motor brake to on with a dynam program card $6.90 (don't know why it doesn't come preprogrammed).
Hey...try the Bixler...I took it up in Hurricane Sandy and it still hasn't come down:rolleyes:
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