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Old Nov 27, 2010, 08:45 AM
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First slope session, what a rush!!!!

Hi guys,

I've just got back from my first slope soaring session. It was so different to what I was expecting....

The spot was a ridge South of Llangynidr (pic attached) and when there is no snow and ice its a great spot. Very near the road and easy to find. However, there was snow and ice. Quite alot of snow and ice. It took all my driving skill to get there and even then I had to walk about a quarter of a mile up the snow covered road to where the car park normally is.

To be honest I just wanted to go for a drive and check out the site. I wasn't expecting to do any flying but I threw my WildThing 46 in the trunk anyway. As I was driving up the tracks I was noticing snow drifting over the fields, so there was a fair breeze up, about 20-30mph I reckon. XC weather had said the winf was NE but it was backing to NNE by the time I got there. I threw on my hat, gloves, two jackets, goggles and face wrap and trudged up toward the slope with the gilder tucked under my arm.

The wind got steadily faster the further up I went until I was on the top of the ridge and there was a good breeze. So I check everything and thought I'd toss the glider off the edge to se what would happen. I was honestly expecting a steep glide down the slope and a long walk to retrieve and then back to the car. I was so, so wrong. I gave her a mild toss and she leapt straight into the lift and shot outward!! I was a bit taken aback and it took me half a second to think "I should probabably do something now." I just did a single circuit and then went behind the ridge and landed her right next to me. Encouraged, I launched again. By this time I was getting a feel for how she responded to inputs. The WildThing is a triumph of soarer design, she is super responsive but not at all twitchy. So I started doing simple figure 8's turning into the wind at the end of each run. By this time it was all I could do to stop her skyrocketting - even with full down elevator trim! It all felt so natural, I was really expecting a fight to keep her airborne. Not so at all as it turned out. As I got more confident I started trying some high speed passes, and by my standards the velocities I was getting were simply eye watering (lucky I had my goggles on!) Now I see what people mean when they say she is as sporty as you want her to be! I even did one or two rolls, although they produced minor stalls but thats just my noob flying. Stalls are no big deal, she recovers very quickly and as long as she is in the lift she is happy as a clam.

I think I did about two 10 min flights but didn't want to keep her up too long at a time, as I started to feel like I was pushing my luck with the freshening wind and inbound snow clouds. So, pumped full of adrenaline I landed her for a final time and when she hit the snow she skidded along like a 747! Wonderful! After that I made my way back, very pleased with as good a maiden flight as you could ask for(with zero soaring and not a whole lot of flying experience.) I just didn't expect it to feel so natural at all. Having been a sailor since I was a kid I can totally see why they are called Sailplanes now! It reminded me alot of surfing, the speeds and movements felt very similar.

No pics as I was so tied up and by myself. I can't wait to go again and next time will be with a buddy who's an experienced soarer, so it should be even better!

I realy need to cool down now, I'm still so buzzed!
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Old Nov 27, 2010, 09:15 AM
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Great story! Congratulatons on your session. You will probably never forget this day (I can recall my first slope experience vividly). The negative side is, you do know that youv'e caught an incurable affliction that can be very damaging to your bank balance, don't you?
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Old Nov 27, 2010, 09:33 AM
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Nice job on the plane and welcome to the slopes. Sounds like you're hooked real good.
Tom
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Old Nov 27, 2010, 09:41 AM
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Hook line and sinker I think ! The experienced was both exciting and nerve wracking, but the nerves will wear off with experience like everything else. But it was awesome, I'll try to take some pictures next time.

I think my bank balance will cope, on top of Airsoft, Wargames and powered RC flying, soaring will be a drop in the ocean !

Will.
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Old Nov 27, 2010, 09:51 AM
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Hook line and sinker I think !

I think my bank balance will cope, on top of Airsoft, Wargames and powered RC flying, soaring will be a drop in the ocean !

Will.
We shall see!!!
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Old Nov 27, 2010, 09:58 AM
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What I should have said is "my already stretched bank balance can take the extra strain, maybe" but having been oggling mouldies for the future this looks increasingly unlikely!
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Old Nov 27, 2010, 11:22 AM
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Thanks for sharing the experience!

Great looking slope, but YEAH COLD WIND! NNE and NNW

I recall my first slope flight ... didn't know much and was concerned that there was "Too Much Wind"

Had a blast and sounds like you did for sure!

Best of luck with your newest addiction!
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Old Nov 27, 2010, 11:24 AM
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Yeah, yer in trouble.

Winchdoc

How much money?
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Old Nov 27, 2010, 02:10 PM
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Thanks guys. I already have two other sailplanes, a West Wings Orion and a Graupner Cirrus. The Orion needs to be built and the Cirrus is being re-covered. That should take care of most flying conditions I think . But I already have my eye on an aerobatic trainer in my local model shop, and I've been toying with the idea of building a 3m U-2 from the uncle willies plan. Yeh, I can see this getting expensive quite quickly....

I'll wait until the snow and ice has gone before I go back out. Can't wait!

EDIT: Whoa, my search for "uncle willie" sure opened a can of worms!! Not sure I trust it anymore. Can anyone point me in the direction of a known and relaible U-2 plan? There seems to be a few on ebay but I think they are rip offs.
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Old Nov 28, 2010, 09:26 AM
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Well done and welcome to the club of addicted slope soarers.
The Wild Thing is a great first model which is very hard to break.

If you like building, I can recommend a Chris Foss Middlephase (aileron version) as a good aerobatic trainer.

Then after that, how about an RCRCM Typhooon for that first fast mouldie, and then on to the world of 3M exotica where the sky is literally the limit.

How sure are you about that bank balance situation?
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Old Nov 28, 2010, 01:27 PM
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Not the best plan in the world, but it's a start!

~Jake
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Old Nov 28, 2010, 01:46 PM
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Thanks Jake I saw that one and it did look nice. I've started a thread about the U2 seperately.

Peter, when I look at mouldies my wallet suddenly looks far smaller! But the truth is I like building as much as flying if not slightly more. So I will probably go down the PSS and Scale routes as with my powered models .

Will.
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Old Nov 28, 2010, 02:08 PM
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Nice description of a first flight - eerily simiar to mine - with a Wildthing Mk1 on Moel Y Golfa many many years ago....

and ... I suggest you start buttering up your significant other in advance... before the stable of planes starts to increase in size

The snow landing: Try deliberate touch'n goes, coming in hot, and sliding off the lip again... It's addictive.
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Old Nov 28, 2010, 02:12 PM
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I have a solution to the significant other issue - let her have a go ! She already likes powered flying occasionally so I think she'll love it .

I'll try the touch and goes if I'm out in the snow again, but the roads are really frozen now and I dare not try to get up to the slope again until it melts a bit.
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Old Nov 28, 2010, 02:23 PM
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I have a solution to the significant other issue - let her have a go ! She already likes powered flying occasionally so I think she'll love it .

I'll try the touch and goes if I'm out in the snow again, but the roads are really frozen now and I dare not try to get up to the slope again until it melts a bit.
You'll be calling Alan and ordering another Wildthing before the year's out

A fantastic solution by the way
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