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Old Oct 30, 2012, 01:25 PM
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which way you turn?

i will appreciate if any of you could tell me which way you turn to get into a thermal, and then which way you do to stay in it.
or if you change direction for a reason.
i fly rc sailplanes, and i have been flying into thermals with free flight planes for many years trimming the plane to the left, as everybody does in free flight.
i also have been watching birds, and most of them turn left. sometimes among the flock, a few turn right. also recently watched 8 buzzards taking-off and climbing to the right into a thermal, all of them.
this intrigues me, so that's why am asking you guys this.
or if some1 can provide data on which way thermals turn.
i also have been told by a guy who flies paragliders that thermals turn same way as dust devils.
i hope this does not upset some1 thinking the question does not belong to this forum, but i can't think of a better place to ask it.
this is not a beginners topic.

if there are links of the topic please provide them.
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