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Old Jul 22, 2014, 09:21 PM
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my DG was only 16K
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Old Jul 22, 2014, 09:23 PM
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speaking of which,,,, it was excellent last weekend. Cloudbase was at 9
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Old Jul 23, 2014, 11:52 AM
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Looks a nice day. I hope there's a vid to follow???
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Old Jul 23, 2014, 02:24 PM
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Are you on olc?
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Old Aug 21, 2014, 09:48 AM
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Yesterday I managed to get myself invited to the Naval Gliding Centre at Lee-on-Solent.
The airfield is, you might say, right on the coast.
Had a very pleasant flight in one of their K-21s (N7) with a couple of great climbs to cloudbase at 5000'. As I have never flown over water and the Isle of Wight is only about 4 miles away I decided on a little excursion across the water, turning both Cowes and Ryde before routing back over Portsmouth and back to the airfield. Feels most odd to be over water.
A fun day out.
Only had my phone camera with me so please excuse the image quality.
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Old Aug 21, 2014, 05:30 PM
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over water eh? I guess as long as you had the altitude
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Old Aug 22, 2014, 04:32 AM
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Best climb of the flight was right the middle of the Solent...most odd but gratefully received.
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Old Dec 01, 2014, 04:01 PM
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A few images from the other weekend when I managed to get myself comprehensively VMC on top in one of the clubs K-21's. Crystal clear visibility and a low sun gave some stunning cloudscapes to look at.
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Old Dec 03, 2014, 09:00 PM
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I miss soaring in cool weather. it's always over 100 degrees when we fly. it wears you down over time.
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while the nation freezes, I was at cloudbase
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Old Mar 05, 2015, 03:37 PM
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There's no place... like cloud base!
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Not that I'm jealous or anything... I'll be there as well.

In a couple of months.
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Old Mar 06, 2015, 12:48 PM
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Hoping to put myself near cloudbase over this weekend with any luck.
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So, since we have a collection of Full Scale glider pilots, would you entertain some questions I have?

I've always wanted to fly, but resigned that powered flying is much, much too expensive (at ~$100-$200/hr). I've been looking into Full Scale gliding in addition to RC gliding, but I had some questions.....

1) Why would you fly both? Why not just RC, or just FS?
2) Which do you prefer? If it is a beautiful weekend day, would you rather fly RC or fly FS? Which one brings a (bigger) smile to your face?
3) When you hear of someone spending $1,000 - $2,000 on an RC glider, do you ever think "I could fly a season FS for that much"?
4) Do you compete in RC? Do you compete in FS?
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This is one of those topics that simply can't be described with words. If you are interested, I'd recommend you to find a local club, hitch a ride (cross-country, if at all possible) and see for yourself what it is all about. As for your questions:

1. They are two complementary views to the same thing. The challenges offered by each are different, but any lesson I learn from one dicipline helps me better understand some aspect of the other. Full-scale is all about larger scale (sic) events - the weather systems over large area, decisions made now having an effect half an hour later, route optimizing, altitude budget optimizing, etc. Full-scale also offers the opportunity to be in the middle of things, directly feeling all the gusts and their effects. And, of course, the views are better. RC is more close and immediate. The effects of alive air can be seen from an outsider's point of view. Flying RC teaches how the early stages of a thermal behave - understanding pre-heat zones, thermal triggers, feeder flows, etc can be very useful when scratching low in a full-size plane in the middle of nowhere.

2. That depends. Early in the morning, late in the evening or during a weak day when the weather is not strong enough for full-size, can be perfectly adequate for RC. During the day, when I would be struggling to get the RC glider out of that boomer thermal, I prefer to be up in the full-size. And of course, when I arrive to the field a little late and all the club's FS planes are already up and gone for the whole day, I have at least something to fly.

3. [shrug] Things cost what they cost. If one can afford everything, so much the better. If not, it is time to prioritize - RC glider, season of FS gliding or milk for the kids? (FWIW, a multi-thousand$ RC mouldie can be nice to have, but a cheap foamie can be just as much fun.)

4. No and no. Please don't hate me...
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