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Feb 24, 2009, 01:22 PM
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X-country record for Electric Glider

I would like to know what was recorder for X-country trips in other parts of the world. Here in South Africa a first documented attempt was made the past weekend with the following results:

Distance flown in a Straight Line: 35.1 km
Distance traveled by road: 36.3 km
Time: 53 min 59 sec
Moving average by road 43,1 kph
6 Motor runs
Total accumulative Motor Run Time: 5min 59sec
GPS data
Start point: S 27,17.117 E 29,53,786
End Point: S 26,58,16,7 E 29,51,502
Equipment used
2m RE glider
Battery: Lipo 2100 maH 3 cell(11Volts)
Scorpion brushless motor 550 watts
Scorpion Speed Control 35A
Prop: Graupner thin electric folding prop 13X7

Read the story here: http://berg-gliders.blogspot.com/200...-electric.html

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Feb 24, 2009, 04:22 PM
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Here are the FAI world records for electric flight using rechargable sources of energy: http://records.fai.org/models/current.asp?id=18

The world record for distance:

N172: Distance in a straight line : 164.19 km
Date of flight: 05/11/2004
Record holder: Giorgio AZZALIN (USA)
Course/place: Jacksonville, FL (USA) - Scottsmoor, FL (USA)
Last edited by F-111 John; Feb 24, 2009 at 04:27 PM.
Feb 25, 2009, 05:31 AM
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I can not figure out from the site if the motor was on all the time or if it was a glider with short motor run and glide.
Feb 25, 2009, 08:58 AM
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Originally Posted by GNieuwoudt
I can not figure out from the site if the motor was on all the time or if it was a glider with short motor run and glide.
Giorgio's website is here: http://www.noskylimit.com/

And pictures of the distance record holding plane are here: http://www.noskylimit.com/index_files/page0022.htm

I'd say by reading the description from one of his other records (straight line distance by electric flight from mixed sources of power) that his motor ran the entire time, but it is unclear if that is truly the case for his record for recharable sources only.

You should be very proud of your own accomplishment! I'm sure with a little redesign you can beat the FAI record. As you say, you already own the South Africa record!

Do you have any pictures of your flight you can post here? We'd love to see them.
Feb 25, 2009, 09:13 AM
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The flight was not done by myself but Piet Rheeders and the information and pictures is at the web site in first post. His motor run time was 6 minutes. I would think that any record with a F5J type of model should consider the motor time as well.

Feb 25, 2009, 02:10 PM
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Hi Gert,

About two years ago a friend and I tried this out on a whim in early January down in the Karoo on the Steytlerville turn off off of the Graaff-Reinet road. We made about 27 odd km's before the lift died - just as well as there was a deep kloof up ahead.

Nice long straight road down a valley. Great fun!
Feb 25, 2009, 07:57 PM
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Ok that looks like it might be a bit of fun!!! Now you have me thinking of where I could try that!
Feb 26, 2009, 05:26 AM
the answer 42 is
Very cool I am trying to convince some of my flying pals to give it a try, so I will keep you posted guys


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