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Old Aug 10, 2004, 05:17 PM
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Slope flying

Is it slope flying in just high winds?
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Old Aug 10, 2004, 05:27 PM
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oh boy....its so much more. Wind blowing over an appropriately shaped hill causes a lift pocket on the frontside. this is where the gliders fly...I can't explain it that great...

you can check out lsss.homestead.com for a terminology page that explains some of this.

there is another site that shows the physics of sloping, but i can't remember which one. any help guys?
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Old Aug 10, 2004, 06:54 PM
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Try this http://fatlion.com/sailplanes/slope.html
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Old Aug 10, 2004, 07:03 PM
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yeah when i started fatlion helped alot. so did www.slopeflyer.com

Although the first time i tried sloping i tried it off of a 15 foot gradual hill like an idiot and realized, "hey, perhaps you need at least a 50 foot hill with a Zagi with the wind coming straight in."

even after reading these at these sites it took a while to truly understand slope flying.

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Old Aug 10, 2004, 08:52 PM
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We have Slope Flying #101 on our site and a lot of videos.

Here is also a very good site (turn the sound down):

http://www.rcsail.com/helpfiles.htm#...20Slope%20Lift

A lot of info there...

Steve
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Old Aug 11, 2004, 12:52 PM
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Mat,
Slope flying is not exclusive to high wind conditions. I fly from a slope where the winds are mostly calm. We launch in to rather still air (to the amazment of hardcore slopers) and manage to find lift (thermals) most of the time. Thermalling from a slope is great fun, can get the glider to great heights and allows the pilot to work on both slope and thermalling skills.
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Old Aug 11, 2004, 03:41 PM
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Thermalling from a slope is great fun, can get the glider to great heights and allows the pilot to work on both slope and thermalling skills.
Plus, you avoid dealing with 400 feet of pesky hi-start!

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Old Aug 11, 2004, 03:55 PM
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Plus, you avoid dealing with 400 feet of pesky hi-start!
No doubt.
Not to mention that slopes tend to trigger new thermals, stall existing ones
so you can work them longer, and focus many smaller ones into bigger ones.
More birds to soar with on the slope too.

ian
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