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Old Jul 14, 2012, 11:24 AM
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Tossing planes into the snow
Canada, BC, Smithers
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Bringing free flight models into this discussion is an interesting idea. If the downwind turn is all about the pilot misjudging airspeed, then the idea of observing an uncontrolled model is meaningful. It is especially interesting to me right now because I just got a new electric sailplane, and with a little tinkering, it is trimmed so well it flies by itself. I am getting a kick out of seeing just how long I can go before touching the controls.

If I trim it to go straight, it is less predictable but tends to face into the wind a little more than away from it. If I put on some rudder trim, it will do nice circles as it eventually moves downwind. I can't think of a reason why a FF plane would have any preference about pointing into the wind or away from it.
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