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Old Feb 22, 2012, 09:02 AM
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Xplorer 4.0 flying with ballast

At our local flying field yesterday afternoon trying out an 8oz ballast bar in 10-12mph winds. Impressions:
With ballast: Flys really well w/ 8oz bar, makes final approach more predictable in this kind of wind. One negative: it noticeably slows down response in thermal turns, makes it feel a little "laggy." However penetration is better and wins out overall.
Without ballast: You can definitely catch smaller thermals and bumps. You can land the plane okay w/o ballast in 10-12mph winds but you have to keep your speed up to buck the wind on final. I tended to land long on time until later in the afternoon. This plane responds very well to surfing into the wind with 2-4mm camber: it floats amazingly well in wind and allows you to stretch a flight out much better than my X3.8 (AUW 79oz).
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