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Posted by Gerry__ | Aug 20, 2018 @ 12:15 PM | 2,828 Views
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Posted by Gerry__ | Jun 19, 2012 @ 01:23 PM | 11,314 Views
When people think they know what they're talking about, but actually, they don't.

aeronaut999 totally destroys some more bogus science:

Effect of wind on airplane / aircraft flying (head / tail / cross/ gust) (7 min 1 sec)

Go to 0:11 for the nonsense part.

And you can't tell them they are wrong because of this:

Originally Posted by Rampage
The steady headwind is all it needs to continue to create lift and therefore fly.

The determining factor here is how long the pilot can continue to fly the aircraft as it's groundspeed takes it out of visual range.

A glider in a steady headwind capable of keeping it aloft, while being controlled in a manner that prevents it from turning downwind or otherwise crashing, can stay aloft until it's receiver battery dies and that control is lost.

It's essentially a kite without a string, and kits don't need motors. They also generally don't have airfoils. All they need is angle-of-attack and a headwind and they can stay there indefinitely.

Originally Posted by DrewC

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Posted by Gerry__ | Mar 26, 2012 @ 02:49 PM | 10,304 Views
I had the second flight on mine yesterday. Wind was about 5 -10mph, so only just inside my comfort zone.

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Posted by Gerry__ | Jul 06, 2011 @ 03:47 PM | 13,683 Views
I've just purchased a Hobbyking Mosquito.
Posted by Gerry__ | Jun 06, 2011 @ 04:04 PM | 11,820 Views
I've just picked up an old P-15 for a fiver at a boot sale:[IMG][/IMG]


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Posted by Gerry__ | May 16, 2011 @ 12:08 PM | 16,840 Views
Nice article about lipo management by George Worley, of
Posted by Gerry__ | Apr 23, 2011 @ 07:14 AM | 11,968 Views
Nearly five years after purchase and I finitely got my Alfa Mig-15 ready to maiden! Anyway, reviewed this thread: for best way to maiden and went for a ROG.

No problem:

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Posted by Gerry__ | Feb 15, 2011 @ 02:14 PM | 12,513 Views
The idea of turning from upwind to downwind is something that often confuses model and full scale pilots alike. It has also been know to confuse the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority).

In this excellent article by a well renowned South African instructor, all is explained. but you are required to register to view.
Posted by Gerry__ | Jan 13, 2011 @ 09:01 AM | 14,172 Views
This often asked question will generally boil down to a choice between the Mupltiplex EasyStar (EZ*) and the Graupner Electro Rookie.

Well, I think the Rookie is better than the EZ* in pretty much every way and with that in mind I offer these objective Rookie plus points:

1. the wings have a much better designed interlocking arrangement.

2. The canopy is much more secure.

3. The cockpit is bigger and more easily accessible.

4. The tail is detachable.

5. The model fits back in its own box for ease of transport.

6. The kit comes with a brushless motor and ESC as standard.

7. Power is easily upgraded by adding a 3s lipo.

8. There is an integrated ballast system.

9. Ballast is included with the kit.

10. The battery secures without need for velcro.

11. The fuse is re-enforced with a carbon rod.

12. You get two props supplied. One for 3s and one for 2s.

13. Raised CoG points moulded into the wings.

Personally I think the Rookie handles much better than the EasyStar too.

Rookie thread:

Latest EasyStar thread:

Both are fine planes and will serve any beginner well, but I believe that the Rookie is of a significantly better design that offers a much better pathway into the hobby than the EZ*
Posted by Gerry__ | Sep 12, 2010 @ 06:35 AM | 17,270 Views


There is probably more nonsense talked and written on this subject than any other connected with the practical side of flying! In reality, the matter is very simple - it is just that so many people find it hard to accept.

Provided that your flying area is clear of vertical obstructions (houses, trees, hedges, hangers etc.) the wind will blow fairly steadily from a constant direction once the aircraft is above about 50ft. Below this height, and depending on the surface of your flying site and the proximity of obstructions, there will be some turbulence both vertical and lateral.

Once you understand this principle you will see that a turn from an into wind heading to crosswind will appear to be a fairly sharp turn when seen from the ground and a turn from downwind to crosswind will appear to be slow and elongated. You must accept these visual effects for what they are and remember at all times that if you have not altered your throttle setting and the aircraft is at constant height then your airspeed is constant and the aircraft is in no danger of stalling.

Once the aircraft has climbed out of this turbulent level it is, in effect, flying in a steadily-moving block of air. Thus, with a windspeed of 10 mph the block of air in which your aircraft is flying is moving downwind at a speed of 10 mph. So, your aircraft which
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