Originally Posted by 1911tex
MS_in_NY: "What will moving the battery forward and removing the tail weight accomplish aside from making the plane way too nose heavy?"
I think what Eastcoast78 is trying to suggest to you, is that this is a sailplane and any added weight effects efficiency and that in turn decreases duration. I believe he is correct.
Uh, no he's not, (he was replying to donsinger1 btw, not me). Not if he's suggesting donsinger1 can lose the tail weight, move the battery forward and keep the same CG.
If a Radian is balanced at the desired CG with battery fully inserted and weight on the tail, moving the battery forward and removing the tail weight WILL move the CG forward (probably alot). Thus making the plane nose heavier than it was before.
The only way possible to lose the tail weight and keep the same CG would be to install a smaller/lighter battery fully inserted into the slot.