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Dec 14, 2017, 05:08 PM
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Getting into ALES


Hello everyone,
After a few years break from flying glow powered due to family and kids, I am now getting back to the hobby but this time I'd like to get into ALES flying. I saw a few guys flying at Granite Park in Sandy and that sparked my interest in flying ALES. I'm clueless where and how I need to start. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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Last edited by sl_guy; Dec 15, 2017 at 09:15 AM.
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Dec 15, 2017, 11:48 AM
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Hard to go wrong with a Radian, not expensive, flies well, fits the class that most people fly.
you could then decide to get something fancy if you desire after trying it.
You would also need to get an altitude limiter and you would be set.

https://www.horizonhobby.com/EFL4750...8aAqAFEALw_wcB

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...a-prefered-one
Dec 15, 2017, 11:52 AM
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ALES rules


I have attached a PDF of the overall rules for ALES.
We usually fly 2 classes--Radian 2 meter and Unlimited/Open (everything else)
The altitude limiter we have standardized on is the CAM unit by Soaring Circuits.

The max flight time is 10 minutes, with the CAM set for a cutoff of 200 meters or 30 seconds (usually the default), whichever occurs first.
We usually fly up to 5 pilots per round (could do more; we have 5 landing tapes) and try to get at least 4 rounds in for a contest. A typical contest, with 2 classes and 4 rounds each, lasts around 2 hours.

As the CD for ALES contests, I am open to more classes as long as we have at least 3-5 similar sailplanes. For instance, we could have an electric F3-RES class (2 meter, mostly wood construction, usually quite lightweight), or electric Old Timer (RC converted Free Flight models designed before 1942).

I could go on about any of the above basic information. Questions are certainly welcome.

Scott
Dec 15, 2017, 12:22 PM
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Thanks guys for your quick replies.
I'm debating between the E-flight Radian or the Tower Hobbies Vista.
https://www.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXENWS&P=0

What are your thoughts? I still have all the electronics so I could re-use them.
Thanks in advance
Dec 15, 2017, 12:26 PM
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When will someone be flying at the Granite Park? I would love to come out and check out some flying
Dec 15, 2017, 02:44 PM
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Originally Posted by sl_guy
Thanks guys for your quick replies.
I'm debating between the E-flight Radian or the Tower Hobbies Vista.
https://www.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXENWS&P=0

What are your thoughts? I still have all the electronics so I could re-use them.
Thanks in advance
The Radian is the best foam 2-meter electric sailplane out there. For the BNF you need a Spektrum transmitter and a 3S 1300 Lipo. If you don't have a Spektrum, you can use the transmitter you have plus a compatible receiver. You can change the prop later for more power, if desired.
We have been flying the Radian for a long time, so there are a lot of people with hints and help.

Scott
Dec 15, 2017, 02:45 PM
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When will someone be flying at the Granite Park? I would love to come out and check out some flying
Formal flying is over for the year.
Hopefully some club members will post to this thread if they will be flying during the winter.

Scott
Dec 15, 2017, 04:19 PM
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Originally Posted by sl_guy
Thanks guys for your quick replies.
I'm debating between the E-flight Radian or the Tower Hobbies Vista.
https://www.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXENWS&P=0

What are your thoughts? I still have all the electronics so I could re-use them.
Thanks in advance
I am not a foam guy, and I have no experience with a Vista, but my bet is that the Radian will be a better thermal flyer and therefore result in more fun for you in ALES.
Dec 15, 2017, 04:43 PM
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Great..thanks. I'll be getting the Radian soon


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