Originally Posted by roidspop
A very nice afternoon with the Pro; it seemed like the area was just carpeted with thermals and I got several really nice flights in. On one in particular the plane was very high...guessing around 1000+ and pretty far down wind; up against the blank, white background of some high clouds, the sucker would just totally disappear unless it was constantly turning. I tried just spiraling down, but it looked like it was gaining rather than losing altitude. I popped crow and even that didn't seem to be bringing it down, so I added regular flaps, which on my mixes brings the flaps down to about 70-80 degrees and puts in a significant amount of down-elevator. That worked, but when I switched it back to normal, it blew straight up again...had to do it three times! Managed 32' on that flight; a lot of fun. There were two other flights over twenty minutes, so when I finally had to let the soccer teams have their field back, I was grinning. It's hard to explain, but this seemingly very low-stress kind of flying can really drag you in and focus you very intensely, maybe more than aerobatics. Much fun.
All you have to do to get down out of a big boomer like that is turn on full crow and put her in a steep dive, about 70* to 80* nose down. The crow won't allow the plane to pick up too much speed in the dive, but enough to get you down out of a big thermal.
Thermal flying is the crack cocaine of RC. Once you catch your first thermal all you want is another and another .....
I got a chance to try the Tx glove with the heater today and get a couple of flights on the RP. The glove and heater work great, it was about 0*F and my hands stayed toasty warm for the whole two hours I was out. What finally drove me in were my feet. Need to get some electric socks. The thermal flying wasn't great today. There were a few around but they seemed to be small and hard to stay in, just little bubbles of hot air coming off the roof of the school, no big columns of rising hot air. Oh well it was still fun and beats flying on the sim, and in a month or so we will start getting those super big spring thermals where the whole sky seems to be going up. Can't wait.
Rick (from the land of the snow thermals)