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Old Jul 03, 2012, 06:35 PM
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Beginning XC soaring

Hey everybody, Came across RC XC soaring web site on the web and I have some questions.
1) Can u still get the xcountry pins? I cu have to be a AMA member.

2) Ive read many of the posts on the forum, u can try this without spending thousands of dollars right?

2.5) Whats the cheapest way someone has managed the 25K?

3) Are there limitations on how u launch, IE can u bike tow ,car tow ,rubber band launch? Can u use motorgliders although i dont think i would?

4) From the application, I take it all u really need to validate the flight is 2 witnesses. Can I augment this with tracks from my handy garmin?

I was into flying F-27 strykers. I think I can reuse all my parts and put together something. Looking forward to giving it a try soon.
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Old Jul 03, 2012, 10:01 PM
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You can fly XC with anything that you can climb in thermals with. I've stuck my head out the window of a Toyota before chasing a TD ship down the road.

Find a way to try it and record your effort. Then the next time you fly you'll have a record to try to beat.

Find an XC contest and offer to help a team. An extra set of eyes is always welcome.

Mike
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Old Jul 11, 2012, 02:24 PM
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Best way to get involved is to joint up with an existing team as spotter/driver to see what we are doing. This costs nothing but the trip.
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Old Jul 16, 2012, 08:54 AM
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I have acquired an XCBC, which I have refurbished to fly at the NATS in 2 weeks. My goal is to get my Level V goal and return flight.

The plane is set and ready to go, but I want to verify the CG that the pro's are using. Test flights were done at 27.5" from the nose (4.5" from the leading edge). It seemed a bit nose heavy, and took some up-trim. I am back at 4.75" from the leading edge, but will not have time to test fly before the NATS. Anybody have any good numbers to share?

Thanks,

Ron
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Old Jul 16, 2012, 10:53 AM
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Ron

I assume the glider you are talking about is the SBXC. 27.5" from the nose is what I originally set mine up at. Originally I flew it with a Garmin Etrex in it to log the flights. Later I went with a much lighter logger, probably about 4 oz lighter. I never checked the CG with the lighter logger and I did not notice a significant difference when flying.

John
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Old Jul 21, 2012, 09:17 AM
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Old Jul 21, 2012, 09:41 AM
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My notes show I used 27 1/2" to 27 7/8" measured from the nose.
Most TD pilots will feel it to be nose heavy. That's OK as you be thankful when it's a speck.
Regards Dean
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Old Jul 21, 2012, 10:02 AM
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Thanks. My goal is to get my LSF 10 k. Stable & fast will be good.
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