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From: "trizzle777" <trizzle777@...>
Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2003 1:10 AM
Subject: Re: Longest flights with the Bug
That's unreal, and congratulations. I haven't finished my bug yet, but I do have other (poor) HLG experience flying a Candy HLG (ARF) in cold weather. At least recently on an overcast day, I was getting very short flights with lots of sink crushing down on my glider. I limped home and packed it in for the season, on the premise that cold air tends to fall and flying something that depended on rising columns of warm air was an exercize in futility. I'm new to this, and your experience has sparked hope that I won't need to wait for an August scorcher to go out and at least get some good trimming and balancing flights in. So needless to say, I'm going to fire questions at you like a 4 year old. ;-> I don't know much about thermals, but had always assumed (perhaps wrongly) that I needed a certain minimum air temperature to get any significant lift, and have hence written off flying before it warmed up a little more. What was the air temperature approximately, and what kind of wind were you flying in? Were you side arm launching, using any pre-sets for the launch, and does your bug have a wing-tip peg? (If you download Al Wright's Gambler manual from his site, he gives what seems to be some nice tips on SAL'ing). I've never actually launched side-arm, at least not yet. Are pictures of your bug posted? What's the terrain where you were flying. Could you have picked up any slope lift? BTW, I find RadioCarbonArt videos to be excellent. There's one called "Secrets of Thermals" which I may pick up as a result of your message, in order to learn more. Thanks again. --- In BugHLG@yahoogroups.com, "gldrgidr" <gldrgidr@m...> wrote: > Two weeks ago, here in New Jersey, we had a good flying weekend. I > got my longest thermal flight with the Bug. It was 6 minutes and 50 > seconds. Has anyone had longer thermal flights? Maybe we should > have a running contest for longest Bug thermal flight. > What do you think? > Of course this is the wrong time of year to expect long flights. As > soon as I'm finished with this post, I have to go shovel the snow out > of my driveway so I can get to work tomarrow. > > John