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Posted by DBSkyout | May 16, 2014 @ 10:33 AM | 1,633 Views
A new plane from Armsoar has landed at my house. I have been waiting for quite some time to get my hands on the latest from Thomas. Just got it flying and I'm impressed with it. Stay tuned as I explore the flight envelope of this new high aspect all molded superstar!
Posted by DBSkyout | Nov 24, 2012 @ 11:16 PM | 2,352 Views
We had a great day flying the Neos today. Really light lift and some cool clouds forming. Top flight was a 13:50 with lot of 3:00- 10:00 flights. My super float 8MM camber was very effective at eking out the super light lift. The Neos can work the smallest lift very well, did I say IMPRESSIVE!!! 90
hrs on the timer and I still keep learning more about this awesome sailplane. Thanks Thomas for a great sailplane and great design!!
Posted by DBSkyout | Nov 24, 2012 @ 12:22 PM | 2,038 Views
I spent a couple of hours flying last weekend in real light air. I found that I would launch go into thermal (5 MM) as soon as I found any air I would go in to 8 MM mode(super float). The trick I found was to start trimming the elevator up just below stall speed in the best part of the lift or if it was not defined to trim up as close to stall as possible. You really have to use a light touch on the controls, sometimes just using rudder to nudge it around. Expo comes in handy for this set up. I was able to get a lot of three minute flights some four to five and one six ten. Some times it would be launch and get 1:45 2:00. The 8 MM does not really work that well if it is turbulent as when trimmed that close to stall it does just that to the plane. I have how ever trimmed enough down to make it fly faster in those conditions but I feel thermal mode works better. So this is how I fly the Neos in all the different conditions, cg set at 68 MM.

0 MM.....For launching with preset up. Tune to what the wind is doing for the best climb angle.

0 MM.....For speed and cutting through turbulent rough air sometimes even working heavy turbulent lift.

3 MM.....For cruising in moderate wind and moderate lift. Will be in windy air in 0 MM and switch to cruise to work the lift.

5 MM.....For working most types of lift from fairly good to weak and light. Will be in 3 MM for searching and switch to 5 MM to work the lift. Will sometimes go from 0 MM straight to 5 MM depending...Continue Reading
Posted by DBSkyout | Jun 25, 2012 @ 11:09 PM | 2,668 Views
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This is the third time out with the Neos and what a day! Wind was variable 0-5mph, temp 65-70 deg, Partly cloudy to over developed in the afternoon
see picture. This was the first time flying the Neos that I had ideal conditions to test in. Early in the day it has all up with lots of light lift. Later on the clouds over developed and the lift became very light at times. I spent most of the day testing the camber settings of 0...speed, 3mm....cruise, 5mm....thermal. Also I had the slider so I could ad more. I found with a lot of practice was to launch go to cruise mode find lift and use thermal mode. Thermal mode did not always work if the lift was turbulent as it would want to throw the Neos out at the lower speed. In that case I would switch to cruise and use the higher speed to stabilize the Neos. That really worked well. Thermal mode also worked very well if the lift was not defined but light and general. In that case I could work a lager circle and gently nudge the Neos around a turn and climb out. I also was able to take a thermal out from a javelin throw! Working between cruise and thermal I took it out to a very nice altitude! I found that the Neos could work the lightest lift with ease. Two of my flying Buddy's were there flying Topsky's and I could easily out climb them in the same thermal. Had the altimeter in also and my launch was a consistent 150'. I tried some different things...Continue Reading
Posted by DBSkyout | Jun 21, 2012 @ 12:07 AM | 2,668 Views
I got a Neos as my latest addition to my DLG hanger. The flight reports I made on the first two flight days as posted on RCG. Very good flying DLG and Fast!

Neos Carbon First Flight Report 6/16/2012

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In less than ideal conditions the first flights are in. Weather was marginal, rain showers, east wind 5-8 mph. The field that I fly at east winds are the worst conditions. The first few flights were a gentle hand toss. It was trimmed very close and I could fly a full circle to a hand catch. OK on to some power launches. Very easy spin just to see how it launched...nice. More trim on the launch mode and the power goes up. Next thing I'm giving it a full power launch! It goes up like a rocket and keeps climbing. I notice that In can easily out climb my Topsky Disser with less effort!. I did not put the altimeter in for these test flights, next outing I'll get data. I can say that it launches high. General flying, this is my first experience with the Zone V2 so I can see that it is going to require some getting used to. I need to figure out the best speed range to fly at. Also camber is used a lot more on this airfoil and that needs to be sorted. This thing has range, I was able to easily reach some places on my Field that I would not go in this wind. Make it there and make it back home with less altitude! There is going to be a big learning phase for me with the Zone V2 but I am ready for the...Continue Reading
Posted by DBSkyout | Jun 20, 2012 @ 11:55 PM | 2,375 Views
Chris and I put this video together to show what it's all about. Check it out I think you will like it!

Discus Launch Glider (2 min 21 sec)

Posted by DBSkyout | May 17, 2012 @ 07:29 PM | 2,964 Views
Check out this video of our March 2012 contest, well done I must say!


DLG gliders / opening day contest / March 25 2012 / JVC GY HM 700 (4 min 38 sec)

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Posted by DBSkyout | Mar 06, 2012 @ 10:58 PM | 3,089 Views
Chris and I have been flying discus launch gliders for a little over a year.
I got a new smart phone and it takes HD video. So a little test footage to see how it does. Going to make a video about DLG flying this year, and I think i'll use the phone for all the shots. Anyway check it out.

Test flying the Topsky Super DLG (2 min 9 sec)

Posted by DBSkyout | Mar 06, 2012 @ 09:43 PM | 3,106 Views
R/C sailplane flying has been a part of my life for more than 30 yrs. Last summer Chris and I got a chance to ride in the DG1000 high performace sailplane. What a Day! We both got over one hour in the front seat and got to take take the stick and find out how a full scale flys. Very cool, I felt like a bird!
Sadly a month after the flight the pilot crashed and was killed. Enjoy the video of one of the last flights for the pilot and the plane.

DG1000 Video (5 min 53 sec)