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Old Mar 12, 2012, 02:44 AM
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And I'm on my way with two GPS-logged 5 minute flights on my Radian this weekend. :-) I have a CAM altitude limiter in my Radian and use it to control my launches. I get either 200m altitude or 30 second motor run.

I would have had more flights Sunday, but I lost sight of my plane in the sun on the second flight and crashed it hard, ending my flying.
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Old Mar 12, 2012, 05:32 AM
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Sounds like you're off to a good start. Except for the crash. Did you get you landing on either one? You have to love a Radian for cheap quality soaring. You should see the 120" Radian I built. On a calm day it's almost impossible to get down. Here it is with a standard one next to it for comparison.
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Old Mar 12, 2012, 09:43 AM
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Sadly, no. My landings still suck badly. I'm still learning how to line up the plane so it lands where I want it instead of where the winds and the air dictate. I'll get it sooner or later. :-) And yeah, I love my Radian. What an easy, great way to get into this hobby.
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Old Mar 17, 2012, 02:06 PM
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Hi Steve et al
Finally got my first official flight in today. 5 min 20 sec thermal flight with precision landing.
I'm using a Soaring Circuits CAM set for 150 m. My timer switch is next to my flight mode one. That lets me start the timer when I switch from launch mode to cruise/thermal mode. My launch mode is the only one that enables the motor.

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Old Mar 17, 2012, 02:31 PM
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Sweet. Don't forget to mark the printout and send it with your form.
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Old Mar 26, 2012, 05:24 PM
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Hello Everyone,

I got out and finished up all my spot landings yesterday for my copper level. I already have some of the flight tasks completed so I am well on my way. The longer TD flights will be a real challenge for me but that is what the program is about. Challenging oneself. The weather closed in here again and it is 37 degrees and windy so no flying for a little while.

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Old Mar 27, 2012, 10:32 AM
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Good job! I need to get out my form and see where I'm at. The weather here is the same. It went from hot and good for soaring to cold and windy. It's early in the season though. Keep up the good work.
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Old Apr 08, 2012, 11:45 AM
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Finished my 5 min stuff last weekend and did my first 15min TD yesterday(16m 34 s). I gained 42 meters above my motor off altitude of 150m. I need to work on my landings as well.

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Old Apr 08, 2012, 05:29 PM
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Great job! I like doing my landing practice when the lift isn't so good. With my Radian I love to come in hot and do a loop or two to bleed off the speed and then land. It makes for quality entertainment.
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Old May 18, 2012, 06:36 AM
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We just added another aspirant bringing us to 89. Welcome Evil-Tunes. I hope you enjoy the program. How's everyone else doing?

On a personal note. I've just picked up a motor for the OLY III. As soon as I get a chance she's going electric. I think she'll get a lot more air time that way. After all of the spraying last year the SSP field is looking good. The farmers removed the 3 silos at the end of the field this spring. Then the farmer across from me added 2 large silos (thermal generators) across the street. The best part is they seem to throw some really nice thermals right over the field on most days. I've aborted many landings due to thermals over the runway just to climb back to altitude. Oh darn. As soon as I get a few more projects out of the way I plan to get some more progress done on the program. I know, I know, I've been saying that. I'm old and falling apart so things take me a while to get done. What can I say.
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Old May 20, 2012, 02:39 PM
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Howdy Everyone.

I have been flying Foamies for last 5 years. For quite some time now I just got tired of burning holes in the sky. There are some You Tube videos on My YT Page.

I have been itching to try TD. I also need a propose as I can't just sit there and float around...... I start getting antsy. I picked up a Gentle lady and another one like it, but with a power pod. I also made an Up-Start, High start, Drill winch, and Full Size winch. Also A Fling DLG was in the mix till it hit a Pole. Everyone in the club has hit this Witness pole. I traded one of my foam cnc machines to a buddy for a Radian Pro he didn't like.

Most of the guys at the field are older and cut thier teeth on gliders with high starts and big cam motors with huge nicad packs. Us young folk got them oldies into lipos and brush-less motors. They say I am nuts for going back to high starts with sub 5 min flights and lots of walking. I like a challenge so for this season I will be flying nothing but sailplanes........powered and non-powered. I have two ALES Cams to keep me honest.

I convinced/challenged another buddy to join LFS and SSP with me and I am working on the elders.....
I have on order A ELF(dlg) and a lightspeed III (dlg) also a Crimson-C 2meter glider is on it's way.

Today, I tried like hell to hit some spot landings with the Gentle Lady off the High Start 10-12mph winds till I hit a Container Box thats in the middle of the field. It's harder than I thought without flaps and or crow. I got the 2-5min flights done with the Radian Pro w/ales. 6:16 and 6:28. The longest TD I have had so Far. I was Shooting landings and hit some sink and ended thrashing the Radian Pro against the baseball field backstop fence. It was not a pretty sight but, the Radian held up fairly well for going through the foam grater. Now I'm off to unload the Plane Hauler A "77 VW Bus" and fix some Planes.

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Old May 21, 2012, 06:16 AM
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Sounds like you're off to an interesting start. Congrats on the two 5 minute flights. Landings can be interesting when you don't have flaps or spoilers. Once you learn the individual plane's habits it will get a lot easier.
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Old May 21, 2012, 10:33 AM
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I hit two 5-minute flights yesterday with my Radian. Winds were very variable 8-12mph so I had to pick my spots to launch when the wind wasn't blowing my hat off. I need to go back over my longer TD flights that had a GPS onboard because I think I have one 15 minute flight. No precision landings yet. I can reliably return the plane to the flying field, but putting it down where I want eludes me. Just need to practice a LOT more landings.
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Old May 27, 2012, 12:53 PM
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Nice flying today big puffy clouds and low wind. Scored a few good flights. 14:35m was the best and a few 10:00+ ones with a 11:30 with spot of 7' 6"
Now the wind is picking up and will try again tomarrow.


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Old May 27, 2012, 08:23 PM
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Okay I'm still trying to find the perfect day to do the 1k and return.. I had several missed attempts last year I'm hoping to get it done soon..
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