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Old Jan 20, 2013, 06:41 PM
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Originally Posted by aeajr View Post
Supra - 8 to 14 ounces
Ava 9 to 12 oz
Radian - 4-6 ounces
Easy Glider 4-9 ounces
Spirit 4-12 ounces
Thanks for posting, Ed. From the looks of your weights, I am probably fine with my first 3 sets of ballast (5-14 oz) and probably won't ever need the 22-oz setup.

I flew the 5-oz set last weekend. The wind was only about 5-9 mph and the lift was weak, but I wanted to get a feel for flying with the ballast. It was interesting to see the difference in speed in thermal turns and the momentum while landing. I would deploy flaps on final, and the plane's glide path/pitch was the same as without ballast, but the speed was higher and it just wanted to maintain the trajectory. I found that I have to flare earlier than usual -- took about three times to figure it out (yeah, I'm a little slow that way with piloting), one time flaring much too late and unintentionally dorking at about 30 degrees, tail stuck in the air, nose buried.
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