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Posted by BDOG1 | Nov 23, 2020 @ 04:51 PM | 3,376 Views
Out to the hill today with a forecast of 12 to 13 mph and a 2 hour window of the correct wind direction .
On the way up I was greeted by 2 pairs of Red Tail Hawks cruising the slope and screeching theirs songs -a Good sign !
Once on top I was greeted with 15 gusting to around 20 -Yea !

Lately I have been on a mission to complete old projects and get my shop and bench cleared for some new ones, with today's the milder wind prediction I elected to bring out a little ship that had been collecting dust for way to long - A scratch built "Limit Ex " that I built in 2011 ...way Too long

The Limit went out first -it needed some up trim , and the aileron throws were "Very aggressive " she is a nimble little beastie
after about 5 minutes I brought her back in and programmed dual rates and a bit of expo - back out she still had a blinding roll with 60% throw but now comfortable .
Tooled around some more and brought her back in to move the battery back about 1/4 "
spot on - she flew flat in the gusts and the lulls ,flew for another 25 minutes , what neat little bird

After a brief rest I put the 1M Epee out - no surprises here ,I could elevator her up and out of sight or rip back and forth across the face of the hill
After 2hr's I was content to pack up and head back down the hill
Posted by BDOG1 | Nov 17, 2020 @ 07:59 PM | 3,188 Views
It has been unusually warm here in the north east this fall allowing me to get out and maiden some powered projects as there has been no wind from the proper direction for my hill
But wait ......A large cold front sweeping thru ,High winds ,rain and dropping temperatures .... IT MUST BE SLOPE SEASON

Out to the hill today, temps in the 30's with lake effect snow and finally north west wind predicted to be around 15mph

Wind at the top was a solid 20 gusting above 30 mph with a trace of snow from the morning with partial sunshine.
I flew the Sally first for about 20 minutes to shake the rust off and scope out the lift ,She is a great flyer with no bad habits ,it was so good to be flying again !

Next it was time for "The Gull " , I am not sure who made this one as the fuse appears to be blue foam with balsa sheeted wings ,the fuse glassed and the wing covered in film.

I launched her with my left hand and she flew away with out a twitch or a wiggle ,I trimmed quite a bit of up elevator to fly level but noticed a bit of hyper stall even with the solid wind i had .
After about 5 minutes of flying {she was cruising around nicely} I got out in front of the hill when we had a wind shift that put her down, after a little walk to retrieve I tapped some lead on the tail and relaunched.
Wo Hoo ! Much better,
I wound up taking almost all of the up trim back out {ended up with about a 1/16 of reflex } now no sign of hyper stall ,she was handling the gusts and quartering wind with no problem a Great flyer , I even had a big red tail hawk cone over to scope her out - I dont think he had ever seen a sea gull doing pumps before
I finished up with the Sizzle and landed as the snow squalls started to blast in again .
A Good Day !
Posted by BDOG1 | Nov 02, 2020 @ 07:55 PM | 4,599 Views
November 2nd 2020 -
Cold fronts are moving through, lake effect snow and dropping temps ... Time to put on winter gear and get out on the hill
It seems that slope season starts on my hill once winter begins to lock in - you have to play the cards you are dealt

I planned to be on the hill at 10:00 as the forecast predicted a 2 1/2 hour window of nw wind before shifting back to the west,I got to the bottom of the hill and began to suit up only to find I had left my bib coveralls back home ....I guess it's been a while since I was last out
Back home we go to pick them up - hopefully that would be my last dumb ass move of the day .

a hour later I am finally at the top the winds are a constant 22mph gusting above 30

I put the Coyote up first , nice to shake the rust off with a smooth flier.
I had her up for around 25 minutes ,by the end of that time my eyes were watering as I had neglected to put on my goggles so good time for a water break .

Next up was my heavy wing ,she is pretty stiff and cuts through the rough air with out a problem .
I had a blast flying close to the hill doing paperclips turns across the top and diving down the north side rolling into knife edge and blasting back up and across for another lap .

Finally I pulled out the "Sizzle ".
My right thumb was getting a little cold and I was tiered from being on my feet for the last hour, the wind had reduced to around 18mph and was starting to vector back and forth between nw and west .
It still amazes me how this 12oz wing can handle the gusts and chop ,she rolls like a drill and changes direction in the blink of a eye {if you want }
Always a kick in the pants ...
Posted by BDOG1 | Oct 07, 2020 @ 08:03 PM | 1,865 Views
We finally got a forecast for wind from the right direction {NW}
With predicted 22 to 35 mph changing from west to NW around 4:00 , I headed out arriving on the top just after 4:00.
Earlier in the day we had a passing line of thunder showers that brought heavy rain and 1/4 hail , but now it was a sunny 62 degrees
The wind quartered back and forth between west and north west pretty much all the time I was there so it was pretty rough and bumpy .

I flew all my planes starting with the ODR and finishing up with the ASW - 22, spending about 2 hours before coming back down at 6:00,all in all a great time back out in the fresh air and wind.
Posted by BDOG1 | Aug 06, 2020 @ 04:15 PM | 5,684 Views
Finally....
I have not been out on the slope since 6/5 with either no wind or wind blowing every direction but the needed NW for the last 2 months.
I could not stand to wait any longer for a much needed fix {or at least a nice walk to the top on a beautiful summer day }
so with a forecast of a 10mph west I loaded up my Crystal and headed out .
The forecast was spot on with a measured max of 10mph on my Hall wind Gage .

I launched any found I could intermittently catch some slope lift off the north west tip of the hill that wasn't quite shaded by the tree line that is on the south side.
With all the sunshine large thermals were passing through out in front of the hill , I was alternating between out front of the hill and the face as the conditions ebbed and flowed .
After about a hour the wind was dying so I landed and headed back down to my car...
What's that they say - a not so good day of flying is better than an good day of work
Keep them in the air Boy's
Posted by BDOG1 | Jun 18, 2020 @ 09:27 PM | 10,727 Views
Also nearing completion from my build Que is a Balsa USA Sopwith Pup.
Powered by a Zenoha G-38 , All that I have left to do is to mount the cowl and do a final balance before maiden.
It could be a busy weekend
Posted by BDOG1 | Jun 18, 2020 @ 08:33 AM | 7,893 Views
While the wind has subsided for the moment so , I have also been finishing some Gas projects that have been on my "to do list"
Pictured below is a 1/4 scale cub that I have been working on .
A Enya120 R has been mounted for the power system { I wanted to use a gasser but my 23cc is side exhaust and would require cutting up the cowl more than I wanted } ,a different spare set of wings have been moumted and all servos have been installed.
Next I fabricated new wing struts and hardware -see below
Posted by BDOG1 | Jun 11, 2020 @ 09:30 AM | 17,428 Views
I maidened another bird Tuesday night .
With just a trace of a breeze after dinner ,I took out a "new to me " Albatross 2 .7 to put my first flight on .

A Beautiful ship ,she launched with out effort and flew very smoothly .
It has big flaps that allow you to point the nose toward the ground for that pinpoint landing without picking up speed .

The power system was more than needed,I climbed out only using 1/2 to 3/4 throttle , Lots of get up and go if needed
Posted by BDOG1 | Jun 06, 2020 @ 09:28 PM | 5,579 Views
Out to the hill again today
The forecast was for 10 to 13 mph by mid afternoon but arriving at noon we found the hang glider guy's packing up and heading home...
At the top we discovered a solid 20 with gusts up to 30 ....Oh Yea !
We had the hill all to ourselves .

The wind built as the afternoon went on ,with big thermals {and sink} passing through to keep the flying interesting .
The temperature was in the high 70's
A perfect afternoon of sloping .
After 3 hours of flying we headed back down the hill to our cars and packed up , I measured the wind at my car and it was blowing 18 mph on the flat .
Posted by BDOG1 | Jun 03, 2020 @ 04:31 PM | 6,769 Views
I got a chance to duck out and do some sloping today.
The forecast only called for a 1 hr window of the correct direction wind,I have wanted to get out with my 3m Crystal to see if she flew as well on the slope as she had for her maiden "flat land " outing .
Please see below :
Posted by BDOG1 | May 14, 2020 @ 08:03 PM | 7,999 Views
We got back out on the hill yesterday for a little sun and Slermal flying.
The conditions were very different from the previous outing , temps in the mid 50's {no snow } and a whole hill full of hang gliders
It was very nice to be able to soak up some sun ,watch the hang gliders do their thing and get a little air time ourselves .
Posted by BDOG1 | May 09, 2020 @ 08:46 PM | 8,122 Views
I lost these from the last post
Posted by BDOG1 | May 06, 2020 @ 08:30 PM | 8,153 Views
This was a plane that I swapped for a few years back ,I didnt know what it was but I liked it's lines and T-tail
I wound up striping all the covering and pulling out the aileron cables and installing servos in the wings.
I also striped and repainted the fuse ,I added some glass and Kevlar to the fuse where it had some past damage.

It also has spoiler blades in the wing activated by cables ,I probably should have changed them out for servos in the wing also as I think they are a pain to hook up - they still need some attention to get the throws correct, I didn't use them tonight .
The canopy is pretty beat up ,it looks like the original broke and someone tried to shrink a bottle over the top of it to repair, I will spend some time on that later .
After a rough balance showed it needed more than a pound of lead I was a bit put off but decided to go with what it needed and see if it would fly, I am new to these bigger birds and currently dont have a good knowledge base for what is heavy .
A check with a watt meter showed I was only drawing 15 amps and 150 watts on the current 3-S set up ,The prop is only 9" {I will be proping it up latter }

50 degrees at 7:00 in the evening with just a wisp of wind and it was time for a launch.
A hefty throw from my buddy Lynn saw it drop about a foot and then slowly climb out ,I caught a bump of lift at a tree line on the edge of the field we were flying from ,she flew smooth and pretty fast with a pretty nice glide {it took a couple of circuits of the field to bleed off enough altitude to set up for landing}
The plane required no trim and felt comfortable the whole flight .
I will be changing out the current prop to a much larger diameter to load up the motor .
A very good end to the day !
Posted by BDOG1 | May 04, 2020 @ 10:36 PM | 7,658 Views
With the warmer weather from this past weekend behind us and our temps falling back into the 40's we we were greeted by building NW winds on our hill today .
Experience has shown that our actual winds at the top of the hill run 3 to 5 mph above the forecast ,true to form the predicted 12 mph rising to 15
became 15 mph to 20 once we reached the top
What a perfect day to maiden a new 5.3 oz Epee 1 meter DLG

We flew for 3 1/2 hours putting up the Epee , a Fling DLG ,a 1meter Hawk , a 48"Bull Dog combat wing , a 60 " Uhu and my new T tail Pilatus B4 .
I am sorry - not to many pictures - was too busy flying
A very good way to start the month of May !
Posted by BDOG1 | Apr 20, 2020 @ 02:25 PM | 8,424 Views
My buddy Pat and I did a road trip to the middle of the state {south of Syracuse } to try out some sloping in our newest member's {Kirk } local area .
It was a beautiful day with temps reaching 60 when we arrived.

The hill we were on is the open top of a farmer's meadow with woods surrounding on all sides,this hill faces south with a a long valley out front ,a really pretty part of the state.

The farmers had already plowed their fields in the valley below so with the ample sun light we knew there would be a lot of thermals coming through ,the forecast called for 12 to 15 mph winds - large hawks soaring just to the right of our position on the hill predicted good things .

It turned out that the hot set up was to launch at the steepest portion of the hill as a thermal was coming thru,once above the tree line the lift was pretty good and you could continue to gain altitude and range out .
Our buddy Kirk had no problem flying his 1.5 Falcon DLG or his 1M Hawk as he could throw the DLG's into the lift above the tree line .


As the day progressed a weather system coming in from the west brought colder temps,clouds and turned the wind across the face of the hill from south to south west ,killing most of the lift .
After 3 hours of flying/ being out ,we packed up our gear even as sprinkles started to fall .
a Good Day on a Hill
Posted by BDOG1 | Apr 10, 2020 @ 07:34 PM | 7,391 Views
Back out again,today the snow stuck....I wouldn't want to miss one more opportunity to fly in the snow before spring
Rougher than yesterday with constant wind shifts and gusts over 40 mph .
Still got a short flight in on a LEG P-40
Flights on a Dan Wing 48 Bulldog and a GEMS One Design Racer
Many Birds of Prey were out flying top cover over us {or showing how it's really done }
Posted by BDOG1 | Apr 09, 2020 @ 05:24 PM | 6,529 Views
The weather here in New York State continues to amaze - We started the day with heavy rain ,followed by heavy snow {nothing stuck } followed by 50 degrees and sun in the afternoon.........And Wind - it Must be sloping Time

I put the 13 oz Mini machine up and flew a couple of flights while I adjusted my rates and expo ,very rough conditions with gusts and wind shifting across the face {in for a penny in for a pound }Not great conditions to fine tune , but I learned a bit.

All limbered up it was time to get my first flight on the TUCAN , I had picked her up from the west coast with some damage {the nose had been broken off } and the boom had been repaired .
I repaired the nose with some glass and added some Kevlar for good measure .

Even with the less than perfect conditions she launched with out a problem and cut through the slop like a hot knife thru butter.
A couple of clicks of down kept the nose flat through the gusts, ailerons and rudder felt very comfortable.
I still need to get the down elevator compensation programmed .
A great afternoon on the slope .
Posted by BDOG1 | Apr 02, 2020 @ 08:27 PM | 10,633 Views
Oh Ya - second day in a row and this time with some good wind over 20mph
I maiden'd the mini Machine and also my buddy's 48 " Bull Dog
A good afternoon of flying , got there at 2:00 came down at 4:30
I am ready for some time back in the shop
Posted by BDOG1 | Apr 01, 2020 @ 08:55 PM | 7,374 Views
April first 2020 and a chance to get outside into the sunshine with a predicted 10mph wind from the north.
I have not tried to fly this direction with wind this light ,but out I went..full sunshine and a balmy 46 degrees ..

I flew the Bug first,I had built a couple of them a half a dozen years ago and had not flown them on a real hill, just tossed them around sloping hay bales a in a friends field .

The wind felt stronger than the predicted 10 , I was still using my transmitter glove { was glad I did, when clouds passed over , my hands were toasty warm inside }
Since I had not flown this in ages and was now on a new transmitter {This is a rudder/ elevator ship,and I fly rudder on the left stick } Do I launch with my left hand and keep my finger on the elevator stick .
Or launch with my right hand and have my finger on the rudder stick.
I launched with my left betting on needing elevator control first,as it turned out the elevator was not too far off and the wind turned her before I could get my left hand inside the glove...she set down with out damage about 20 feet away {shows why I am not a gambling man }
Next launch with my{ right hand } was no problem,flew her around and trimmed her out ,seemed a little tail heavy with a bit of a tuck once so I ,landed and added some lead to the nose .
Out again and tooled around for the next 20 minutes - Great fun , something this light shouldn't be able to handle this much wind

Time for the HK 1M dlg,I had...Continue Reading