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South Bay Soaring Society July Thermal Contest

South Bay Soaring Society July Thermal Contest

Article By rdemattei
Here is another great event put on by the South Bay Soaring Society in Hollister, CA!
USA F3K World Championships Event Coverage

USA F3K World Championships Event Coverage

News By Jason Cole
The 2019 FAI F3K World Championships are taking place on July 15-19 and we are sending 3 Seniors and 3 Juniors to compete for Team USA. I'm honored to be on the team and excited for the journey. This
Eastern Soaring League

Eastern Soaring League

Article By Jason Cole
I just wanted to take a moment and highlight the Eastern Soaring Leauge (ESL). I'm all about promoting the sport of soaring and that aligns perfectly with the ESL mission statement.
Concept X5 DLG Review

Concept X5 DLG Review

Review By Jason Cole
Jason builds and flys a Concept X5 in preparation for the 2019 World Championships. Check out the build and his thoughts on this competitive DLG.
Team USA F3K 2019 World Championships Fundraising

Team USA F3K 2019 World Championships Fundraising

Article By Jason Cole
This July, six of the finest discus launch glider (F3K) pilots in the USA -- three juniors and three seniors-- head to Hungary to compete in the biannual F3K World Championships. They need your
CLM Pro Element 3 Light Sailplane

CLM Pro Element 3 Light Sailplane

News By Jason Cole
CLM Pro just released the Element 3 Light. It's a 3M version that builds on the success of the Element 2 and it sure looks like a winner.
Portchiavi F5J/F3X Plane Holder

Portchiavi F5J/F3X Plane Holder

News By Jason Cole
Here's a cool plane holder for large F5J or F3X type sailplanes. Check it out...
AeroVolo 32mm Aluminum Motor Mount

AeroVolo 32mm Aluminum Motor Mount

Article By Jason Cole
Earlier this month AeroVolo introduced their aluminum motor mount for sailplanes.
Jim Aero Neutrino 4M F5J (Strong) Review

Jim Aero Neutrino 4M F5J (Strong) Review

Review By Jason Cole
Jason Cole takes the Neutrino to the skies for some F5J soaring. Check out the full review below to hear his thoughts.
Jim Aero Neutrino 4M F5J (Strong) Build Log

Jim Aero Neutrino 4M F5J (Strong) Build Log

Article By Jason Cole
This is the build log for the Jim Aero Neutrino F5J electric sailplane.
Aer-O-Tec Ikura 4M

Aer-O-Tec Ikura 4M

News By Jason Cole
Aer-O-Tec's Ikura 4M sailplane is listed now at Flight Comp. This thing looks great and is the result of years of work on the project.
Soaring USA March Madness Sale

Soaring USA March Madness Sale

News By Jason Cole
Soaring USA is offering up some great deals on their website with a March Madness Sale on many in stock sailplanes. Other deals include Free Servos and Wing Bags. Check it out!
San Felasco 2019 F3K Wrap Up

San Felasco 2019 F3K Wrap Up

Article By Jason Cole
San Felasco is in the books and it did not disappoint. This is the first F3K contest of the year and it couldn't happen in a better location of sunny central Florida. The weather was warm, the flying
Flyzone - Eluna 1.5m PNP

Flyzone - Eluna 1.5m PNP

News By Jim T. Graham
The Flyzone Eluna 1.5m motor glider combines soaring capabilities and 4-channel sport flying fun into one versatile design! Now with a FREE AR410 Receiver!
Horizon Hobby E-flite Night Radian FT - RCGroups Review

Horizon Hobby E-flite Night Radian FT - RCGroups Review

Review By Jason Cole
We review the E-flite Night Radian FT edition. It's every bit a Radian, but this one shines brighter than any before it.
GliderThrow - Measure Control Throws

GliderThrow - Measure Control Throws

News By Jason Cole
Now this is pretty neat and something fun and useful for us tech nerds out there. GliderThrow is a small electronic device that you attach to your control surfaces to measure and set the surface
Jim Aero Neutrino F5J Progress Update & Video

Jim Aero Neutrino F5J Progress Update & Video

News By Jason Cole
Our first look at a real life Neutrino F5J plane from Jim Aero. See photos and video below.
Radio Carbon Art Precision Tuning Techniques Video

Radio Carbon Art Precision Tuning Techniques Video

News By Jason Cole
Paul Naton from Radio Carbon Art has a new video available for download on tuning your plane for max performance. Paul always does a great job with his instructional videos and you can be sure you are
I Got to Fly at the Lump Overlook!

I Got to Fly at the Lump Overlook!

Article By Jason Cole
After nearly a year, a waiver to fly at The Lump Overlook off the Blue Ridge Parkway in NC was obtained!
Slope Soaring a Helicopter - Video

Slope Soaring a Helicopter - Video

Article By Jason Cole
Youtube user Jakes van Heerden posted this video back in 2012 showing him sloping an RC helicopter.
Aeromodelis Sense 4M F5J Competition Sailplane

Aeromodelis Sense 4M F5J Competition Sailplane

News By Jason Cole
Oleg Golovidov turned me onto a new glider that he's going to be offering soon from Lithuanian company Aeromodelis called the Sense.
F5J Team USA - looking for artists with logo ideas

F5J Team USA - looking for artists with logo ideas

Article By dbeach
If you have some artistic ideas and talent the team would love to see what you can offer.
Peter Goldsmith Designs Official Website

Peter Goldsmith Designs Official Website

News By Jason Cole
Peter Goldsmith is an icon in the hobby. He just announced the next steps by formalizing his kit manufacturing business.
Esprit - Element 3.5E F5J/ALES Electric Sailplane (ARF)

Esprit - Element 3.5E F5J/ALES Electric Sailplane (ARF)

News By Jim T. Graham
Here is a new sailplane option for Limited Motor Run or Altitude Limited Electric Soaring from Espirt!
One year of DLG

One year of DLG

Article By cjpace
Today makes one year of flying DLGs for me. I started with an awesome Go Mini built by Thomas at Armsoar and have been teaching myself along the way.
RCGroups Hosts Monthly Sailplane Contests

RCGroups Hosts Monthly Sailplane Contests

Article By Jason Cole
Find out how you can compete against other RCGroups users in the monthly Big Sky Contest.
2018 USA F3J National Championship Event Coverage

2018 USA F3J National Championship Event Coverage

Article By Jason Cole
Highlights of the F3J Team Competition at the 2018 NATS.
2018 USA Unlimited National Championship Coverage

2018 USA Unlimited National Championship Coverage

Article By Jason Cole
Two days of NATS Photos covering the Unlimited TD Contest.
2018 - NOS, RES & 2-Meter Event Coverage

2018 - NOS, RES & 2-Meter Event Coverage

Article By Jason Cole
Check out these photos of the NOS, RES and 2-Meter Competition at the 2018 Soaring NATS.
2018 USA F3K National Championship Coverage

2018 USA F3K National Championship Coverage

Article By Jason Cole
Photos from the 2018 USA F3K National Championship, see what it was like to fly in Muncie for two days.
E-flite Night Radian FT 2.0m BNF

E-flite Night Radian FT 2.0m BNF

News By Jason Cole
Horizon just released a new version called the Night Radian FT and as you can probably guess, this one is made to play day or night.
Jim Aero Neutrino F5J Sailplane

Jim Aero Neutrino F5J Sailplane

News By Jason Cole
Jim Aero recently announced a new F5J electric sailplane called the Neutrino. We haven't seen any prototype photos yet, but the renderings are looking good and this should be a really nice high end
Soaring NATS - RCGroups Event Coverage

Soaring NATS - RCGroups Event Coverage

Article By Jason Cole
We are less than two weeks away from sailplane enthusiasts descending on to the grounds of the 2018 NATS.
Flight Comp "Da Box" Transportation and Storage System

Flight Comp "Da Box" Transportation and Storage System

News By Jason Cole
Last month I wrote an article asking how you guys store and transport your models and there were some great custom home built boxes and systems shown. There weren't many production options, but
My First Thermal Duration Contest

My First Thermal Duration Contest

Article By Jason Cole
Thoughts from my first thermal duration contest. Read on to find out how it went.
New RC World Speed Record - 545MPH!

New RC World Speed Record - 545MPH!

News By Jason Cole
This past Saturday a new world speed record was set by pilot Spencer Lisenby at Bird Spring Pass. He was flying the Transonic DP and reached a staggering speed of 545MPH!!
AMA Soaring NATS Event Survey

AMA Soaring NATS Event Survey

Article By Jason Cole
Take the Soaring NATS Survey and let your voice be heard for next years scheduling of events.
Get Ready for The Bruce 2018

Get Ready for The Bruce 2018

News By Jason Cole
Yes it is happening again! The Bruce F3K event is going down September 6th through the 10th.
ICARE Sailfish 1M F3K Sailplane

ICARE Sailfish 1M F3K Sailplane

News By Jason Cole
The ICARE Sailfish is a 1M class DLG suitable for intermediate and beginner sailplane pilots.
How Do You Transport Your Gliders?

How Do You Transport Your Gliders?

Article By Jason Cole
Check out this thread to see glider transportation boxes and share your own ideas.
Hitec Multiplex FunRay - RCGroups Review

Hitec Multiplex FunRay - RCGroups Review

Review By Mean Joe Vermillion
Hitec/Multiplex has become a household name in the world of RC due to extremely high quality and innovation. They are at it again with the release of the new FunRay Sport Sailplane! With its sleek
Multiplex EasyGlider 4 Electric Sailplane Review

Multiplex EasyGlider 4 Electric Sailplane Review

Review By Jason Cole
We check out the latest EasyGlider from Mulitplex and show you what it's like to assemble and fly. Read on for the full review.
Multiplex FunGlider Electric Sailplane Review

Multiplex FunGlider Electric Sailplane Review

Review By Jason Cole
The Multiplex FunGlider is an easy to fly electric sport sailplane that packs down small for easy transportation. Check out the official RCGroups review right here.
E-flite Radian XL 2.6m BNF - RCGroups Review

E-flite Radian XL 2.6m BNF - RCGroups Review

Review By Jim T. Graham
The Radian's big brother is here and RCGroups took it to the field to see how this big bird flies.
HobbyKing Cumulus 1500mm Balsa DLG (PNF)

HobbyKing Cumulus 1500mm Balsa DLG (PNF)

Review By IFLYOS
A great introduction to to the world of DLG at an affordable price. The Cumulus is an easy way to enter the DLG world.
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