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May 15, 2012, 04:08 PM
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We had a rather sad one up here over in Jonanx's province where a guest on a tandem fell and died while her fiance watched from the ground.

No reported Radian fatalities.... yet.
Thank goodness for that
May 15, 2012, 07:15 PM
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I think I'd rather read about decalage. Sorry to hear about this!
May 15, 2012, 07:51 PM
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Both of those accidents were reported on various national tv news broadcasts. So sad.

I guess they receive such attention because they're unusual and not frequent happenings. Sure am glad for THAT! Even 2 is 2 many. Prayers to their families.
May 15, 2012, 10:05 PM
Gravity? No, the Earth sucks
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this should lighten the mood
how not to catch your Radian- and notice the carbon spar on the boom as it impacts my manhood- very little flex-lol
RC Radian Missile crashes into my balls, nuts, scrotum, too funny (1 min 24 sec)
May 16, 2012, 04:32 AM
Not a newbie anymore..
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Originally Posted by Radio.Active
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydWyrYqgx68

O/T I know...

Well. where not to fly your Radian... now back on topic.

Translation of the Scottish accent available on request
Don't use your iPhone cux Siri can't deal with it.
Surely every one has seen/watched Braveheart . .
May 16, 2012, 02:29 PM
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radian pnp


I fixed my radian these past few weeks had a mishap with my new 2.4 system i bought. Long story short used to having to arm esc with old 72mhz system, new radio doesn't work like my old one. So i was programming my new radio with my laptop and somehow the 3 rd ch reversed and the plane took off in the house LOL.
Only damage was one blade busted, broken plastic motor cowl. I replaced both should have maybe got a 1 inch bigger folding prop, seems like you guys like that.
I bought a thermal scout sure does help a lot, Keeps me from looking in the wrong places. There was just lift everywhere i only climbed maybe 4 times. I actually had a hard time getting the bird down. I thought i was out of the lift and sure enough it started climbing again. After maybe 30 min of using the thermal scout on and off. I found that if you trim the glider nice and smooth it indicates lifts somewhat on its own. The stock cg works good for me i have mine moved back aft just a hair maybe a few cm.
Beat my old record for longest flight by a long shot was over an hr long flight. Don't think im gonna do that again neck was killing me after that go figure. I usually don't fly like that, weather was just perfect less than 5mph wind only a couple clound and thermals everywhere! Im quite pleased and impressed with the stock version of the radian, sailplane has a very low wing loading. Can be a bit more fun flying in 10-15 mph wind since its quite light.
Really isn't designed for anymore wind than that in my opinion. For slope and high wind type soaring i like a flat more slim airfoil. Anyways was thinking of using clear box tape to put on the leading edge because i land in tall grass a lot and if i hit a strong weed it tends to bang up the leading edge. I have done this before on my easy star seems to work fine with me. Any advice on stuff like that?

setup
-stock 3ch pnp radian
Flysky 2.4ghz 6ch rx/tx
thermal scout visual verio setup
stock 1300 mah battery
spray painted bottom wing black for visibility
May 16, 2012, 03:49 PM
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A while ago I bought a second hand PNP Radian(without the TX/RX and battery), as I had read just about all threads on it and wanted to know what it was really like. Wanted a plane to take on holidays... Bought a MPX Pico TX for almost nothing and converted it to Assan (still my favorite 2.4Ghz system), 6CH micro receiver. Took out the 3-4s controller and put a 2-3s one in, so I could fly with the 2S Rhino 1050 mAh packs I use in my Robbe Arcus (my all time favorite, see avatar). Planned on a bigger prop, but decided to try with the stock one first.My CG came out about 68mm behind leading edge, no other important mods(tail is removable though, 4 magnets). Reduced rudder and elevator travel a bit, still looked huge to me.

First flights were uneventful, climbed better than I expected ( ok, no rocket...), but sink was also a lot more than I would have expected. Elevator trim neutral, so decalage seems OK on mine. But I could not understand the hype, my Arcus flies a LOT better. But then in the last climb of the last flight that day I hit a thermal. What a difference! It became a dream to fly, stays visible a lot better than my Arcus (it's bigger and the blue tips on the underside really stand out (standard decals and colors)), and if you want to come down it's enough to use the rudder a lot with that huge travel.

On the second day there was a lot of wind, flying was no problem, but coming back from (too) far downwind was (thank God for the motor...). Still, the huge difference in behavior when in sink or lift made it easy to detect and exploit thermals ( this must be the reason for it's popularity...). On my first landing I thought I was going to hit my car, so I steered it towards me and caught it... Not that much fun on a windy day though...

Today the wind was less, but still a good breeze. Flying was really fun this time. Caught a thermal on my first climb , and a deliberate catch on landing. Caught it two times out of 3 today. With less wind, I could now also come back easily from downwind. I think I like it... Main advantage is I can take it out of the car and assemble it in less than a minute, disassembling is even faster. Batteries, charger and TX all fit in the box with the plane. Box is big , but manageable.I do understand the hype now. Not really seeing the need for cg and decalage mods yet. Will change the connector(s) to make the stab "really" removable though, at the moment I leave it on, but that means it can't go in the box...

I wonder how many were sold so far....
May 16, 2012, 08:58 PM
Gig 'Em!
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The weather was absolutely glorious this evening. No wind at all. Perfect for some vertical takeoffs and then just floating around. The Radian never disappoints!
May 17, 2012, 12:16 AM
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May 17, 2012, 01:09 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by stinger0518

I fixed my radian these past few weeks

I had a mishap with my new 2.4 system i bought. Long story short used to having to arm esc with old 72mhz system, new radio doesn't work like my old one. So i was programming my new radio with my laptop and somehow the 3 rd ch reversed and the plane took off in the house LOL.

Only damage was one blade busted, broken plastic motor cowl. I replaced both should have maybe got a 1 inch bigger folding prop, seems like you guys like that.

I bought a thermal scout sure does help a lot, Keeps me from looking in the wrong places.

There was just lift everywhere i only climbed maybe 4 times. I actually had a hard time getting the bird down. I thought i was out of the lift and sure enough it started climbing again. After maybe 30 min of using the thermal scout on and off. I found that if you trim the glider nice and smooth it indicates lifts somewhat on its own.

The stock cg works good for me i have mine moved back aft just a hair maybe a few cm.

Beat my old record for longest flight by a long shot was over an hr long flight. Don't think im gonna do that again neck was killing me after that go figure. I usually don't fly like that, weather was just perfect less than 5mph wind only a couple clound and thermals everywhere!

Im quite pleased and impressed with the stock version of the radian, sailplane has a very low wing loading. Can be a bit more fun flying in 10-15 mph wind since its quite light. Really isn't designed for anymore wind than that in my opinion. For slope and high wind type soaring i like a flat more slim airfoil.

Anyways was thinking of using clear box tape to put on the leading edge because i land in tall grass a lot and if i hit a strong weed it tends to bang up the leading edge. I have done this before on my easy star seems to work fine with me. Any advice on stuff like that?

setup
-stock 3ch pnp radian
Flysky 2.4ghz 6ch rx/tx
thermal scout visual verio setup
stock 1300 mah battery
spray painted bottom wing black for visibility

Sure looks like you are enjoying your flying.
May 17, 2012, 01:37 AM
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May 17, 2012, 08:07 AM
More Altitude, Less Attitude!
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On a RET 3 channel model such as the Radian it is difficult to input RUD only or ELE only without a slight input into the other control when both are on the same stick. EXPO and Dual Rates can reduce the unwanted input.
I noticed this and was able to get a good result by putting expo on the elevator only. I get instantaneous response from the rudder and no unintended elevator movement.
May 17, 2012, 12:26 PM
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Originally Posted by TexasAggie
The weather was absolutely glorious this evening. No wind at all. Perfect for some vertical takeoffs and then just floating around. The Radian never disappoints!
Super photography.

Gorgeous pictures

Thanks.
May 17, 2012, 06:09 PM
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Originally Posted by TexasAggie
The weather was absolutely glorious this evening. No wind at all. Perfect for some vertical takeoffs and then just floating around. The Radian never disappoints!
beautiful pics dude....