RE: Sagitta XC -- Worth building for general thermal soaring?
A winch will give the highest launch since you can set the line to a longer
length than a hi-start. However, you should be able to launch the Sagitta
with a heavy duty hi-start without any trouble. Personally, I recommend the
winch because if you start flying in contests, that's typically what they
use as the launch method.
For general fun-flying, the Sagitta ACT would make a great plane. gv
From: Scott and Jennifer Martin [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, August 20, 2004 6:38 PM
Subject: [RCSE] Sagitta XC -- Worth building for general thermal soaring?
Stan Meyers' recent post about his (rather lovely) Grand Esprit started me
thinking about building a large glider for general thermal flying. I've
been interested in the Sagitta XC since I first saw one hanging in Hobby
Town in Spanaway, Wash., in the late 1980s (I think it was Spanaway; might
have been in Tacoma). I noticed DC Hobby sells the Sagitta XC short kit,
and I wondered if it's worth building. If I had one, would a regular bungee
launcher be adequate - albeit a heavy-duty one - or would I need to invest
in a winch?
Thanks for your thoughts :-)