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Jul 19, 2017, 12:50 PM
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Want to find out more on slope soaring.


Hi I am an AMA member and belong to South Davis Modeleers. I am an intermediate powered pilot. Looking for info on how to get started soaring. Best beginner slope planes. Where to fly. How to get help and instruction, club info etc.

Any help and info would be most welcome.

Archie
Bountiful, Ut
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Jul 19, 2017, 04:48 PM
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The wind forecast for tomorrow looks finally promising. I, and the others should be at the POM at about 9:00. So, here's your chance to get acquainted with slope soaring.
Jul 19, 2017, 06:12 PM
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The wind forecast for tomorrow looks finally promising. I, and the others should be at the POM at about 9:00. So, here's your chance to get acquainted with slope soaring.
Great. Thanks for letting me know. I can make that. Not sure what exits or streets to get to the top as I have never been there but I will find out.

Archie
Jul 19, 2017, 08:29 PM
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We will be on South side.
Jul 20, 2017, 04:21 PM
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Thanks


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We will be on South side.
HPDRIFTER, hey thanks for the invite this morning. It was fun to come see the POM site and watch you fly and get a starting education on slope soaring.

I came home and started looking at gliders. I think a LEG 2M Crossover foamie would be a good plane to start with.

Any input on the LEG 2M Crossover who may be reading this thread would be appreciated. I am open to any suggestions.

And any help with CG, setup, recommended hardware, servo's batteries and soaring technique would be appreciated also. I think starting with a ship that has ailerons would be ok as I fly ailerons all the time with power planes.

Looking forward to this new adventure.

Archie
Jul 21, 2017, 02:25 PM
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You will need plane for light winds (10-15 mph) conditions and for heavy winds (20 and up). Bigger flies better. If slope is pumping, anything will fly. If you can fly power planes reliably, then you don't need to start with foamie. How much can you afford to spent? If you want, you can get some stick time on my Ka-8. I fly Mode 1, so you would have to bring your own DX-9 tranny.

https://www.rcrcm.com/products/sunbird

https://www.rcrcm.com/products/emotion-x-tail

https://www.rcrcm.com/collections/mo...s/cylon-x-tail

https://www.rcrcm.com/collections/mo.../tomcat-x-tail

http://mesowest.utah.edu/cgi-bin/dro...timetype=LOCAL

http://www.usairnet.com/cgi-bin/laun...=KSLC&state=UT
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Jul 22, 2017, 04:19 PM
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You will need plane for light winds (10-15 mph) conditions and for heavy winds (20 and up). Bigger flies better. If slope is pumping, anything will fly. If you can fly power planes reliably, then you don't need to start with foamie. How much can you afford to spent? If you want, you can get some stick time on my Ka-8. I fly Mode 1, so you would have to bring your own DX-9 tranny.

https://www.rcrcm.com/products/sunbird

https://www.rcrcm.com/products/emotion-x-tail

https://www.rcrcm.com/collections/mo...s/cylon-x-tail

https://www.rcrcm.com/collections/mo.../tomcat-x-tail

http://mesowest.utah.edu/cgi-bin/dro...timetype=LOCAL

http://www.usairnet.com/cgi-bin/laun...=KSLC&state=UT
HPDrifter, thank you for the great links.

Is there one plane that will fly well in both wind speed ranges. Something that is light enough for 10 to 15 mph and can be ballasted for the 20 and up that will work for a newbie sloper? If not then I guess for me it would best to start out with a 10 to 15 mph plane and get something that works in the heavier speeds later. I don't mind buying a composite plane if someone that flies mode 2 that can buddy box with me for the first little while. I have the radios, a DX9 and a DX8 that will connect via wireless. If you or someone you know or someone here on the forum would be willing to help me get started would be great.

So....... I just need to pick plane, get it here and get soaring!

Archie
Jul 24, 2017, 04:19 PM
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Archie, tomorrow looks promising. If you bring your DX9, I'll let you fly my Ka-8. South side, 9am.
Jul 25, 2017, 12:08 PM
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Archie, tomorrow looks promising. If you bring your DX9, I'll let you fly my Ka-8. South side, 9am.
Bummer.......I got home from work earlier this morning and did not get see your post on time. Although it looks pretty stormy there in Lehi. Hope you had fun. Please let me know when you go out again. I will bring my radio. I get home on Monday about midnight and i am home till Thrusday about 5 pm. Home most all day Saturday too.

Thanks again for your help and offer.

Archie
Jul 26, 2017, 04:17 PM
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Archie, you haven't missed anything. The weather man had it all wrong! Will let you know when I go next time but it doesn't look good for the rest of the week. May I have your e-mail or phone # so I could call you direct?
Aug 12, 2017, 01:39 PM
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Thank you Ed


Ed, I just wanted to say thank you here publicly for all your help with introducing me to soaring and teaching me to fly. Got to say you are a great and patient instructor. Ed has let me fly 3 of his planes on buddy box and I am hooked.

I found a Parkzone Ka8 in California that is being shipped to me that I should have early next week to learn on. I will use that plane to cut my teeth on landing and trying to get better at control and learning to read the wing before pulling the trigger on a new 2 or 3 meter.

It has also been a real pleasure making new friends at the POM the last few weeks. Hope to make more and looking forward to this new adventure.

Thank you again Ed. I hope you know that your time you have spent teaching me is very very much appreciated.

Archie
Aug 12, 2017, 03:41 PM
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It was good to see you again Archie

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Aug 12, 2017, 03:56 PM
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It was nice to meet you Archie, hope to see you out more.
you hooked up with the right guy to help you at the point!

Loren
Aug 13, 2017, 10:41 PM
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It was good to see you again Archie

Mike
Like wise Mike. Thanks for being so welcoming. You have a great sense of humor.

Looking forward to this new adventure in soaring.

Archie
Aug 13, 2017, 10:54 PM
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It was nice to meet you Archie, hope to see you out more.
you hooked up with the right guy to help you at the point!

Loren
Great to meet you too. Thanks for the info on the club and flying site. I think I would like to try and learn the aero towing too.

And yes Ed is a great teacher and oh so very patient,

Archie


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