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Old Nov 19, 2014, 12:26 PM
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LMR/ALES Altitude Restrictions

I am considering moving from DLG's to Electric Gliders and perhaps getting involved in LMR/ALES activities. I am wondering what altitudes the contest flying is normally flown at and if the possible FAA restrictions to 400 feet will impact this type of flying.



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Old Nov 19, 2014, 05:29 PM
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ALES thermal tasks are typically started anywhere between 100 and 200 meters. The altitude you attain during the task can vary widely and can and often does exceed twice the starting altitude.
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Old Nov 19, 2014, 05:31 PM
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Honestly, I wouldn't worry about it unless you expect to fly in a city park or near a controlled airport ... this FAA stuff is likely still months to years away from being an issue to the rank and file ... it IS still the government, after all
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Old Nov 19, 2014, 07:51 PM
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Thanks dreisinger and tkallev,

It looks like the ALES gliders can go quite high. Hopefully the FAA limit issue will be resolved.

Steve
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Old Nov 19, 2014, 08:41 PM
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More on the 400 ft "non-limit"


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Old Nov 19, 2014, 10:16 PM
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It's possible that the restrictions will mostly apply to Drones since that's where most of the
Problems are occurring ,,, apparently the latest is idiots using drones to film Airplanes taking off and landing.
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Old Nov 19, 2014, 11:30 PM
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I am considering moving from DLG's to Electric Gliders
I say do both.

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if the possible FAA restrictions to 400 feet will impact this type of flying.
Absolute worst case scenario is some time in the future year(s) there would be some kind of national altitude restriction and then clubs/contest organizers could submit requests to the FAA for a temporary (like for a contest or weekend or whatever) increase in allowed altitude for the field.

I say enjoy some electric glider flying.


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Old Nov 20, 2014, 03:28 PM
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Thanks to you all for the feedback. I feel a lot better now. I have been looking at Pulsars and similar rigs to move up to. I fly at a local uncontrolled private grass airstrip on a farm that my club has a use agreement with.

Steve
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Old Dec 01, 2014, 02:32 PM
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Steve, I don't know your budget, but I doubt anyone would recommend against a Pulsar if it's in your financial wheelhouse. I built a 3.2 Pro E full house as my first serious ALES/F5J plane and I love it. Many will recommend if you can spring for the 3.6 span to do so as it hits a sweet spot. But I sure don't regret my 3.2. You can't get much better bang for the buck. Have any questions, PM me. Glad to help.

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Old Dec 01, 2014, 03:49 PM
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Thanks Ed,

The Pulsar's including the large ones are on my list of possibilities.

I may follow up with you later this winter with a PM if I get closer.

Right now I am finishing up a extended wing Easy Glider Pro and adding flaps. I still have the standard wing set to go back to.

Steve
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Old Dec 01, 2014, 05:41 PM
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....... Many will recommend if you can spring for the 3.6 span to do so as it hits a sweet spot......
I would be one of the many. Nothing at all wrong with the 3.2, it's a great flyer. I had one I just sold to make space for new stuff. My 3.6 kicked it up a notch and term 'hits a sweet spot' is good one. But then I had to go and get a 4 meter............
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Old Dec 01, 2014, 05:48 PM
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And Steve, you can't go wrong reading the Leadchucker's thread, "E Pulsar Owners Thread" in electric sailplanes. SO much good information about all the Pulsars. Don't hesitate to PM me later if you think I can be of any Pulsar help.

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