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Old Apr 20, 2005, 06:23 PM
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Question for you G-Ride pilots: How much space would you consider a minimum for the G-ride? Does it land fast or slow?
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Old Apr 20, 2005, 06:43 PM
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I fly my g-ride in a football field ..if it is your first flights and you have experience you should do fine in that sized area....as for landing fast or slow? I fly all of my planes , no matter what style or model to touch down...I land under some speed ....too much can happen on a slow approach...such as even a small gust of wind...the g-ride is control responsive, so don't be heavy on the sticks...if needed and you can do so ..then dail in some expo. , maybe 20 to 30 percent...hope this helps you ...good luck and good flying your g-ride...TT
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Old Apr 20, 2005, 06:47 PM
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I don't have one yet I'm itching to build a balsa plane, but I want something I can fly in the mini park near my house. The Dystraction would probably be a better fit, but I like the look of the G-ride better.
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Old Apr 20, 2005, 07:00 PM
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I fly mostly pattern planes ..for sport now , back in the day I flew competition pattern but it became not so fun ,, like anything you wanna be good at you have to practice... so at times I like to tone it down a bit .. so I fly my son's SQuiRT...he's using this plane to teach a few neighbor hoodlems...(err I meen kids ) to fly ..a wonderful first time balsa build ..and with the aileron wing Bill is working on it will be an excellent aileron trainer
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Old Apr 20, 2005, 07:23 PM
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m00se, regarding needed space for the G-Ride I agree with TooTall, a footballfield is enough, certainly if you have some experience with manouverable lowwing aileron-equipped planes.

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Old Apr 20, 2005, 07:33 PM
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Question: Can anyone sum up the flight envelopes of the S300-400 planes? I know the rv-4 is a low-wing trainer with some dyhedral, but what are the major differences between the g-ride, stella, and cap 300?
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Old Apr 20, 2005, 07:40 PM
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The parksized Cap came first. Then Bill Stevens took all the good characteristics of the Cap, but re-designed the bad ones (tipstalling, among a few other things) and the result was the G-Ride, an incredibly smooth and forgiving, yet manouverable plane. Soon after that came the Groove, which is a scaled up G-Ride. The Stella is owing a lot of it´s design to the G-Ride/Groove, but is designed with 3D capability in mind.

That is basically it I think.

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Old Apr 20, 2005, 11:33 PM
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m00se, regarding needed space for the G-Ride I agree with TooTall, a footballfield is enough, certainly if you have some experience with manouverable lowwing aileron-equipped planes.

Anders O

Thanks. The park I want to use is somewhat smaller than a football field and has a few obstacles. Trees... ramada... playground I'm not worried about taking off and flying around, but landing could be interesting unless the plane will slow down nicely. I may just have to find a bigger park. Sigh.

I've been out of the hobby for about 16 years. I bought a GWS PT-17 to kick-start myslef back into it. Before I got out I was flying low-wing planes like a Super Sportster 20 and a Sunbird 40. I have several flights on the Stearman and only one landing hard enough to do any damage
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Old Apr 21, 2005, 03:23 AM
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Well..., I´m just guesstimating now but I don´t think there is any MAJOR difference in the stallspeed, hence the landingspeed of the G-Ride and the GWS PT-17. The G-Ride is a light design, with quite a bit of wingarea which equals to a low wingloading, and what determines landingspeed more than anything is wingloading. It also is very predictable even when nearing the stallspeed.

I´ve seen the GWS Tiger Moth 400 (Which should be similar to the PT-17) fly, and had the opportunity to fly it also. I have not had the chance to fly BOTH the Tiger Moth and the G-Ride "side-by-side" so to speak, so my comparison is NOT very solid. But my impression is that the difference in stallspeed between the two are not that significant.

Personally however, I still wouldn´t go much smaller than a footballfield or soccerfield with either plane, but that´s just me!

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Old Apr 21, 2005, 04:07 AM
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Very nice Zeroalt.
I like the Super Chipmunk alot.

Latest progress is finding that the intended wheels are to small.


Should be ready for maiden after the weekend.

/Terje
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Old Apr 21, 2005, 05:11 AM
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Thanks Terje!
Your Vans RV4 is looking good also. Best of luck for the maiden!

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Old Apr 21, 2005, 05:35 PM
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Question for you G-Ride pilots: How much space would you consider a minimum for the G-ride? Does it land fast or slow?
m00se, to answer your question, the G-Ride can certainly be flown within the confines of a small park, I'd say, as long as you keep it high enough to avoid obstacles. A football field, as TooTall mentioned, would definitely give you plenty of space. Landings aren't really a problem, but be careful: the design is so clean that the glide rate is very high. The stall speed should be pretty low, though, as long as you build the plane light.
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Old Apr 21, 2005, 05:47 PM
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Thanks for the info, everyone. Sounds like a G-ride will fly from my little park. Hrmmm... maybe I can add spoilerons... ;-)
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Old Apr 21, 2005, 05:59 PM
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With dual aileronservos, spoilerons is certainly a very easy mod to do. Not sure it is neccessary though, But if your TX has that mixing-capability I see no reason not to try it.
I wouldn´t call the gliderate (power off) "very high" exactly, but since she is a rather small and light plane, she pretty much needs to land under a bit of power as not to nose over if you´re landing on grass. And that small amount of power is enough to extend the gliderate a lot. In other words, she really likes to stay in the air even with a minimum of power.

You´ll LOVE the G-Ride, I can promise you that!

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Old Apr 21, 2005, 07:29 PM
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Well, the glide rate seemed pretty high to me, but that's probably just because my previous plane was a Tiny-X from Todd's Models (which has a 27-inch wingspan and weighs only seven ounces). Nonetheless, I agree with Zeroaltitude totally that the G-Ride can be flown and landed in a relatively small space.
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