|Feb 07, 2012, 12:06 AM|
Alula Evo Maiden
Ordered an Alula from Dreamflight after following the Alula Teaser thread with interest and maidened it today.
AUW was 6oz and the build straight forward. Added carbon flat rod to the pod/wing area as suggested. Achieved CG with two $2 coins. Thanks for all the information, ideas and mods contributed here by others on RC Groups.
Maiden was at my local park that holds no contures or anything to give meaningful lift, wind was about 10mph.
A few javelin throws to trim things and then into SAL. Was managing to get about 30m or so height from my 15 odd launches. The Alula returned to land reasonably quickly after a short glide. I was hoping for slightly more "air time" than my 10-15 seconds.
Now to find some lift!
Light Westerly winds 10-12mph. Flew a mild grass bank and did my first slope soaring. Maximum flight times about 1.15min, most flights about 30-40seconds. Wing root developed crack with landings, so added carbon strips.
Went to Wangara mound and flew for about 1hr or so. 12-15mph winds from S/SW. Great slope soaring with maximum time of 4.10min flight. Need S wind. A few hard landings and tail cracked. Repaired with CA.
Wangara slope. Late afternoon flight in fresh 15-18mph(Gust 22mph) winds from South. Huge improvement in the lift! Maximum flight time was 8.25min
Wangara slope 12-14mph SSW winds. Moved further West along slope. Hot 31degree conditions. Managed maximum flight 10.21min with some great lift at times.
At last found some excellent slope action. Burns Beach with winds from the West at 10-15mph. Flight times are 30 min plus, or really however long you can concentrate. Lift is awesome and the view stunning.
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