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Posted by DBSkyout | Sep 19, 2018 @ 07:27 PM | 2,104 Views
Put together a little video of the highlights from the 2 day.

2018 F3K Cascadia (7 min 4 sec)

Posted by DBSkyout | Sep 03, 2018 @ 06:03 PM | 1,732 Views
Gimbal Testing (4 min 52 sec)

Posted by DBSkyout | Aug 27, 2018 @ 10:36 PM | 1,962 Views
BAMF Berry Slope (4 min 4 sec)

Posted by DBSkyout | Jun 09, 2018 @ 10:29 PM | 2,899 Views
RAW Launch Practice (3 min 19 sec)

Doing my thing with the BAMF! Love this plane.
Posted by DBSkyout | May 26, 2018 @ 06:43 PM | 2,567 Views
BAMF (3 min 58 sec)

Posted by DBSkyout | Feb 17, 2018 @ 08:19 PM | 3,900 Views
I have not posted for awhile so check out my latest looking back at 2017 and a little more. Changing planes this year to the BAMF and FLARE. Both fly awesome!

2017 Reflection and More (2 min 36 sec)

Posted by DBSkyout | Oct 10, 2016 @ 10:46 PM | 4,548 Views
Quick Turn (2 min 13 sec)

Posted by DBSkyout | Oct 10, 2016 @ 10:04 PM | 4,790 Views
What a fun and crazy year on the contest circuit. I spent a good deal of time last winter testing models to find out what I was going to go with this season. As you know last year I was flying the Vibe and really believed that was the best choice. The Vibe has superior turning characteristics compared to my Aerials. The Aerial is a lot harder to fly correctly than the Vibe. The thing about picking the right model is confidence that you can make it perform. After much testing I made my decision to fly my Aerials, one heavy lay up at 10.1 ounces and my light one 9.1 ounces. The one thing I found was that I can launch an Aerial a lot higher than the Vibe. I guess you could say the Aerial fits me better a lot better. My Aerials are three years old and my light one has developed a lot of character (wear and tear). Yes contest flying really stresses the equipment.
I also switched radio gear and went with the Taranis after many years flying Futaba. It really was a no brainer for me after getting all that instant feed back from the telemetry. The telemetry feed back from the Taranis is really a great training tool, vario, voice, instant launch height, receiver signal strength, instant battery voltage alarms it really is a dream come true as far as radios go. Also the launch switch can be programmed to retract the flaps. That is important for the quick turnaround.
All set and the season started off on a positive note with a win at the SASS March contest. April and May got me a...Continue Reading
Posted by DBSkyout | Mar 21, 2016 @ 10:46 PM | 5,669 Views
The RC industry has progressed at light speed over the last 10 years. One of the really cool things, the FrSky Taranis. Total freedom of programing and a bunch of telemetry options. I picked one up last fall and now I am enjoying the power of this really cool radio. So sit back and ride along on a little demo to show how the vario and altimeter work.
Frsky Vario DLG Demo (4 min 48 sec)

Posted by DBSkyout | Sep 22, 2015 @ 10:56 AM | 5,753 Views
Going to the Bruce is not a small feat by any means. This was my first big contest in more than 20 years; also it was my first contest to fly to ever. So on with my experience at “The Bruce”
Packing your models so they make it in one piece was a challenge for me. I got a little help from my friend and traveling companion Rick Jay. He came up with an great idea for packing the models in a sport tube, so I copied what he made and added a little of my touch. I started my morning off getting up at 2:30 Am on Thursday 9/17 grabbing a quick cup of Joe and off to Rick’s to pick him up for our 5:45 flight to Houston. We got to the airport with plenty of time. We arrived in Houston and got on our connecting flight to Louisville. The whole time Rick and I were worrying about the models making it safely through two flights, the baggage handlers and the TSA. After arriving at Louisville and getting our rental car we could not help but open the sport tubes and take a look. Whew! All intact and no damage! A short drive of about 40 minutes got us at Bruce’s house around 7:00 pm. Wow there were lots of people there already and the Kegs tapped! Rick set up a rental camp trailer for us to stay, it was there and ready for us. A few beers and meeting some new people and off to bed. Friday I was up early got a hot shower at Bruce’s guest room. The Cantina was open and they had coffee!! We spent the morning unpacking our models and flying in the Kentucky morning air. Tight thermals abound and...Continue Reading
Posted by DBSkyout | May 03, 2015 @ 10:36 PM | 6,289 Views
How I get to 200'

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Posted by DBSkyout | Mar 16, 2015 @ 06:58 PM | 7,464 Views
I'm honored and humble to win this trophy yet again. Thanks to Seattle Area Soaring Society for tracking the scores and putting on some of the best contest anywhere. Thanks Rick, Burton and Lawrence . Thanks to Thomas of ArmSoar for the sponsorship and to my buddy Chris for all of the support thru the years .
Posted by DBSkyout | Mar 12, 2015 @ 06:30 PM | 7,807 Views
Can't believe it's been almost a year since I received my Aerial. I have acquired my second one which is a light layup. Soon I will have the latest layup that should launch even higher . I have been very impressed with them and they fly awesome!! I'm including some data to show the launch heights, check it out. I have managed to set my personal best at 232' with my heavy layup Aerial. I really try to go for 60 meter (196') launch heights, that's my goal. Can't always get there but I'm working on my core trying to build more strength. The lighter Aerial is great in wind up to 8-10 mph after that I go to my heavy. Heavy =280g. Light = 258g. Scroll down and look at my Neos post with the launch heights. There is a big difference when you go to a higher aspect ratio like the Aerial!!
Posted by DBSkyout | May 16, 2014 @ 09:33 AM | 6,905 Views
A new plane from Armsoar has landed at my house. I have been waiting for quite some time to get my hands on the latest from Thomas. Just got it flying and I'm impressed with it. Stay tuned as I explore the flight envelope of this new high aspect all molded superstar!
Posted by DBSkyout | Nov 24, 2012 @ 11:16 PM | 7,543 Views
We had a great day flying the Neos today. Really light lift and some cool clouds forming. Top flight was a 13:50 with lot of 3:00- 10:00 flights. My super float 8MM camber was very effective at eking out the super light lift. The Neos can work the smallest lift very well, did I say IMPRESSIVE!!! 90
hrs on the timer and I still keep learning more about this awesome sailplane. Thanks Thomas for a great sailplane and great design!!
Posted by DBSkyout | Nov 24, 2012 @ 12:22 PM | 7,234 Views
I spent a couple of hours flying last weekend in real light air. I found that I would launch go into thermal (5 MM) as soon as I found any air I would go in to 8 MM mode(super float). The trick I found was to start trimming the elevator up just below stall speed in the best part of the lift or if it was not defined to trim up as close to stall as possible. You really have to use a light touch on the controls, sometimes just using rudder to nudge it around. Expo comes in handy for this set up. I was able to get a lot of three minute flights some four to five and one six ten. Some times it would be launch and get 1:45 – 2:00. The 8 MM does not really work that well if it is turbulent as when trimmed that close to stall it does just that to the plane. I have how ever trimmed enough down to make it fly faster in those conditions but I feel thermal mode works better. So this is how I fly the Neos in all the different conditions, cg set at 68 MM.

0 MM.....For launching with preset up. Tune to what the wind is doing for the best climb angle.

0 MM.....For speed and cutting through turbulent rough air sometimes even working heavy turbulent lift.

3 MM.....For cruising in moderate wind and moderate lift. Will be in windy air in 0 MM and switch to cruise to work the lift.

5 MM.....For working most types of lift from fairly good to weak and light. Will be in 3 MM for searching and switch to 5 MM to work the lift. Will sometimes go from 0 MM straight to 5 MM depending...Continue Reading
Posted by DBSkyout | Jun 25, 2012 @ 10:09 PM | 7,899 Views

This is the third time out with the Neos and what a day! Wind was variable 0-5mph, temp 65-70 deg, Partly cloudy to over developed in the afternoon
see picture. This was the first time flying the Neos that I had ideal conditions to test in. Early in the day it has all up with lots of light lift. Later on the clouds over developed and the lift became very light at times. I spent most of the day testing the camber settings of 0...speed, 3mm....cruise, 5mm....thermal. Also I had the slider so I could ad more. I found with a lot of practice was to launch go to cruise mode find lift and use thermal mode. Thermal mode did not always work if the lift was turbulent as it would want to throw the Neos out at the lower speed. In that case I would switch to cruise and use the higher speed to stabilize the Neos. That really worked well. Thermal mode also worked very well if the lift was not defined but light and general. In that case I could work a lager circle and gently nudge the Neos around a turn and climb out. I also was able to take a thermal out from a javelin throw! Working between cruise and thermal I took it out to a very nice altitude! I found that the Neos could work the lightest lift with ease. Two of my flying Buddy's were there flying Topsky's and I could easily out climb them in the same thermal. Had the altimeter in also and my launch was a consistent 150'. I tried some different things...Continue Reading
Posted by DBSkyout | Jun 20, 2012 @ 11:07 PM | 8,005 Views
I got a Neos as my latest addition to my DLG hanger. The flight reports I made on the first two flight days as posted on RCG. Very good flying DLG and Fast!

Neos Carbon First Flight Report 6/16/2012


In less than ideal conditions the first flights are in. Weather was marginal, rain showers, east wind 5-8 mph. The field that I fly at east winds are the worst conditions. The first few flights were a gentle hand toss. It was trimmed very close and I could fly a full circle to a hand catch. OK on to some power launches. Very easy spin just to see how it launched...nice. More trim on the launch mode and the power goes up. Next thing I'm giving it a full power launch! It goes up like a rocket and keeps climbing. I notice that In can easily out climb my Topsky Disser with less effort!. I did not put the altimeter in for these test flights, next outing I'll get data. I can say that it launches high. General flying, this is my first experience with the Zone V2 so I can see that it is going to require some getting used to. I need to figure out the best speed range to fly at. Also camber is used a lot more on this airfoil and that needs to be sorted. This thing has range, I was able to easily reach some places on my Field that I would not go in this wind. Make it there and make it back home with less altitude! There is going to be a big learning phase for me with the Zone V2 but I am ready for the...Continue Reading
Posted by DBSkyout | Jun 20, 2012 @ 10:55 PM | 7,546 Views
Chris and I put this video together to show what it's all about. Check it out I think you will like it!

Discus Launch Glider (2 min 21 sec)

Posted by DBSkyout | May 17, 2012 @ 06:29 PM | 7,957 Views
Check out this video of our March 2012 contest, well done I must say!

DLG gliders / opening day contest / March 25 2012 / JVC GY HM 700 (4 min 38 sec)