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How much space to fly a sailplane?

Old 03-28-2012, 09:36 PM
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Is two and a half soccer fields big enough to fly a sailplane or should I go for a park flyer? Any good suggestions for sailplanes with receiver, transmitter, battery, etc. included in the price? I was looking to spend around $100. I know thats a small budget but its my first plane.
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:12 PM
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Something like this?:
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...F_Mode_2_.html

or this:

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...ft_Radio_.html

Or this:

http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=53331

Yep
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:26 PM
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If you haven't flown before then flying from a small space makes leaning even harder. Unless you are experienced gliders especially need plenty of space to land because they have a long flat glide. If it were me I'd go for a specialised trainer, something tough and very crash resistant.

Unless you have a friend to help you you will crash, probably several times. flying RC isnt as easy as the good flyers make it look Finding someone to help you is the best advice I can give regardless of what plane you go for. Failing that as a distance second best option is getting some practice on an RC flight simulator.

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Which one is the best of these three?
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Old 03-29-2012, 01:03 AM
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Originally Posted by w3_ View Post
Is two and a half soccer fields big enough to fly a sailplane or should I go for a park flyer? Any good suggestions for sailplanes with receiver, transmitter, battery, etc. included in the price? I was looking to spend around $100. I know thats a small budget but its my first plane.

If this is your first plane, might be a good idea to find someone that can help the learning curve. To many new model fliers try on their own, crash their plane, and are never seen again.

As for a big enough field, a lot depends on your flying skills, and the type of model you're flying.

One very big addition or feature for these sailplanes is something called "Spoilers" mounted in the wings. These spoilers are controlled by servos that pop up by command from the transmitters, allowing full descent control of your model. They're not usually found on the smaller models.

One very good sailplane is the "Gentle Lady" with a home made electric power conversion. It flys slowly, and is fully capable of thermal flying. I had two of these models, and one of them was sold, the other has been passed on to my son, and it's been flying for 20 years. I'm certain other wattflyer readers can point out other sailplanes made for electric power that would be even better.
http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?I=LXYXH0

I last flew several 10 foot wingpan sailplanes and with spoilers was able to consistantly land within 30 feet or so of where I was standing. So, a large field may not be required, but hazards such as lights, trees, and telephone poles and such can be a real issue.
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Old 03-29-2012, 01:41 AM
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If we toss out the RTF requirement from the OP's first post, I'd recommend something like the EZ Glider. Props on the back, foam, zillions of them out there and modifying for ailerons isn't a big deal later.

Much as I love Gentle Ladys (have a NIB one in the basement waiting for me to finish a few other projects first), balsa isn't going to be as resiliant to crashes as foam - especially EPP. With that said, I learned on a Marks Models Windward "back in the day"
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Old 03-29-2012, 02:23 AM
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I agree with the foam concept for a beginner, I also suggest someone to help get you through the training portion. I have launched a Radian many times for first time pilots and had no issues at all during the training. It needs to be done slowly and made so the new pilot is having fun. Training cords are great...sims are nice to have..but I never have the ones I teach fly sims first. I get the sailplane up and let them feel it out, talking them through the flight, since they fly fairly slowly, transferring the Tx back and forth is no issue. I have had many first timers land this particular sailplane in a football field easily. As long as there are no obsticles, approaches can be accomplished all day long, no flaps or spoilers needed. A experienced pilot can get you up and running and get you plenty of stick time. The radian and other foam sailplanes can take a lot of abuse, but YOU need someone to help you..or like said above..you will walk away very unhappy. HAPPY FLYING!
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