Posted by aeajr |
Jun 30, 2006 @ 09:59 AM | 11,235 Views
Revised January 2012
I started flying in March of 2003 with a small electric RTF airplane called an Aerobird. Since then I have become more of a thermal soaring glider pilot than an electric airplane pilot. I fly pure gliders for thermal duration, DLG, slope and aerotow. These days the electrics that I fly tend to be e-gliders. I have about 26 gliders and planes with about 10 flyable at any given time.
Most of my flying is at our club field. I am former President and current member of the Long Island Silent Flyers. www.lisf.org. We have a great club focused on thermal duration soaring and small electric airplanes.
I try to get to the field one day each weekend all year round. That is when I am not flying glider competition with the Eastern Soaring League. www.flyesl.com I am former President of the League and current Newsletter Editor. I travel along the East coast of the USA for the ESL contests.
My longest TD glider flight is just under 90 minutes. My longest slope flight was about 2 hours. After that the flights become boring and I land. With slope, it can be the cold that gets me as slope soaring where I live on Long Island, NY, is mostly a winter time activity. At 20 degrees and 15 mph winds, it can be chilly.
I stared competing in thermal duration glider contests in our club in 2004 with Spirt 2M RES plane, then a Sagitta 600 then a 3 meter Airtronics Legend. They got me into a great sport and now I am totally hooked.