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 Post subject: Thermaling or Slope Soaring? HLG, DLG, or E-Power?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 8:47 pm 
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Kind of interested in getting a good glider for next year since I can't always make it out to the field in the morning. Our field faces the West so the sun is in your eyes big time at about 2:30-3:00 PM. There's a grassy area that will work for helis, but there is a road so I wouldn't fly anything too big on that side. I need something that can handle wind to.

Attached are some pics from the parking lot at the flying field looking east toward one of the fingers that leads into the canyon. The West side is flat like the rest of the Great Plains.

So, with this site, would I be able to slope soar or thermal only? I'm not interested in buying a hi-start unless there's one that could pull up at least a 2.5M glider. So, if I got something, should I look more into a DLG or HLG using a high start? Should I consider only using E-Power to get it into the air?

What are my best options?


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 Post subject: Re: Thermaling or Slope Soaring? HLG, DLG, or E-Power?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 9:00 am 
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Kinda hard to see the lay of the land in the pics, but from what I do see it doesn't look slope-able to me. I'd probably say stick to something E-launched at first, then you will have plenty of time to learn how to find and work thermals without the frustration of short launch-glide-land flights. Once you know how to find thermals, then the addiction of DLG can begin. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Thermaling or Slope Soaring? HLG, DLG, or E-Power?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:56 am 
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Cool. I didn't think I would able to slope soar even though the rim on the canyon is close. But trying to figure out a good fit see if I can find a glider to fly in the wind.

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 Post subject: Re: Thermaling or Slope Soaring? HLG, DLG, or E-Power?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 5:58 pm 
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I talked with some of the guys in the club this morning about slope soaring and thermaling and they can pretty much only do the later. Too many no trespassing signs to get to an area to do slope soaring.

So for thermaling in lets say 20-30 mph winds, would a 3M wingpsan still be better than a 2.75M span or is the 2.75M better?

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 Post subject: Re: Thermaling or Slope Soaring? HLG, DLG, or E-Power?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 6:58 pm 
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Hmm... span isn't really the determining factor in wind-handling capability, it really has more to do with the airfoil and wing loading. Sorry, I really can't give you a definitive answer based on the info provided. :thinking

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 Post subject: Re: Thermaling or Slope Soaring? HLG, DLG, or E-Power?
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Ahh, interesting.

Makes sense though. The sailplane design seems to be very complex. I've been looking at the TopModel Albatross but there could be better airframes out there. Will do some research.

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