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Old Jan 30, 2013, 08:31 PM
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Flew for over an hour this morning at the usual concrete/gravel lot before work, feels good to move around a bit!
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 08:35 PM
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Is it cheating if there's an area where the Y is located that I can get some slope lift?
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 08:40 PM
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 11:41 PM
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Is it cheating if there's an area where the Y is located that I can get some slope lift?
Hey lift is lift, even if it is slope lift!
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Old Jan 31, 2013, 12:45 AM
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Went out for the maiden flight on my new Black Jack! Even found some nice bits of lift even though it was windy! Mostly just trimming and fine tuning the programming though.
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Old Jan 31, 2013, 01:16 AM
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With the way we truncate times to the second, it's only a matter of time before someone puts in the practice to get some sub 1 second turnarounds.
When Jun posted the video of the December Winter Postal I timed his turnarounds and as I remember he had several that were sub 1 second turnarounds.
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Old Jan 31, 2013, 02:27 AM
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Is it cheating if there's an area where the Y is located that I can get some slope lift?
I call that slermalling! really good fun!
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Old Jan 31, 2013, 06:12 PM
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When Jun posted the video of the December Winter Postal I timed his turnarounds and as I remember he had several that were sub 1 second turnarounds.
I am not at all surprised by that. When he sets himself up to do it right, he's halfway through the spin when the plane hits his hand.
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Old Jan 31, 2013, 07:40 PM
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Today cheers
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Old Feb 01, 2013, 07:47 PM
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Old Feb 01, 2013, 07:58 PM
Turn down for what?
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7 F and 11 MPH wind and could just muster 2 flights.
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Old Feb 01, 2013, 08:17 PM
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Nice turn arounds George. That video will give me a good reference for practice.
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Old Feb 02, 2013, 03:53 AM
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I tried briefly to try to do the wing catch and turnaround but bottled it after 2 attemps where all I did was knock the wing sending the plane into ground, I have the blaster and the wings being hollow molded I decided I did not want to risk breaking them for the sake of saving a few seconds.
Is there a good way to learn how to do this minimizing the risk? George makes it look so easy! I have my brakes on throttle so would need to put throttle to top during catch too.
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Old Feb 02, 2013, 09:34 AM
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I'm not very consistent with my tip catches, though it was something I've practiced in the past, and I could pull them off well enough to get 8 out of 10 of them for a 10x1m round we flew in a local contest. More often than not, I don't fly well enough that doing tip catches will improve my score enough for it to be worth the risk of damage to my plane.

The one tip I can offer is this. Try to fly the plane PAST where you are standing and grab the tip as the plane flies by. In the event that you miss the tip catch, the plane has enough energy to keep flying, though you may have to walk 20 yards or so to get it.

If you slow the plane down, as if you were doing a normal hand catch, you might run the risk of stalling it. I've even crashed a plane into the back of my legs by bringing it in too slowly.

The other thing that is important is to have the plane stable long before it gets close enough to tip catch. If the air is choppy and you have to make a lot of corrections down low, I find it's better to just land the plane on the ground near me, so all I have to do is grab the wingtip off the ground.
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Old Feb 02, 2013, 10:18 AM
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It is easy.

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...Is there a good way to learn how to do this minimizing the risk? George makes it look so easy! I have my brakes on throttle so would need to put throttle to top during catch too.
Put an "elastonator" on your throttle stick so it automatically returns to the top. Work up to the tip catches by practicing nose catches to perfection then a tip catch setup becomes as simple as making a small adjustment to the flight path. The plane has to be flying smoothly and slow enough to grab... almost at stall. Best done in little or no wind when you're starting out.

Do it a few hundred times.

John
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