The Long Island Silent Flyers is a club of about 65 members. We fly pure gliders, electric gliders and slow to moderate speed electric airplanes that are flown according to glider field rules in a glider like fashion.
i read a bunch of your articles and posts on soaring Ed....thats what motivated my building the skimmer with ailerons and is still flown often at my clubs field. i planned on building the "bot" this winter,but weather is to good,so I'm doing a couple arf speed demons and hopefully a new wing for the GP RV-40,first wing came out warped seriously bad beyond use.
seems i should visit a few folks out your way to fly with.it's tough to find time to travel to visit other fields,but i really want to head both east and west of my location to visit friends.
thanks for the invite to join,hope a friendly visit is still free. stu
narrow is the place to land...wide is the space to crash....choose the narrow way!
This club sound great! I have experience flying and I was looking into the Parkzone Radian Pro to get into gliding. Do any of your members use this plane? Is there anything comparable to it that may be better?
My hangar: PZ T-28D Trojan, PZ Habu, PZ UM Trojan, PZ Ember 2, SuperCub LP
For those of you who enjoy contest flying we have had a huge surge in interest in ALES, altitude limited electric soaring. In this contest format we put a device in the electric launched glider that cuts the motor at 30 seconds or at 200 meters, whichever comes first.
One of the concerns many have had about soaring contests was that some gliders could launch much higher than others. For gliders, altitude is energy and not being able to launch as high as everyone else made newer competitors feel they were at a serious disadvantage.
With ALES everyone can launch to the same height without having to spend a fortune on expensive gliders or costly power systems.
A stock Radian RTF can hit 170 meters in 30 seconds right out of the box. Make a $12 prop change and get a little better battery and you hit the same 200 meters as the guy flying the $3000 uber glider.
In the typical winch launched contest the landing tape is 100 inches and many find it hard to hit the tape. But in ALES the tape can be 10 meters which provides a HUGE 20 meter, 67 foot wide landing circle to score points. All you have to do is land in that circle to get points. Just as a mater of safety you should be able to do that most of the time.
Lots of ALES pilots are flying wood gliders and foamies are very popular. I often fly my Radian RTF using the included DX5e when I am flying in ALES contests and I have some of those expensive gliders too. And, BTW, I have won with that Radian, with all the tape from repairs, against the fancy gliders.