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From: "gldrgidr" <gldrgidr@...>
Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2003 12:31 AM
Subject: Re: Longest flights with the Bug
trizzle777, I realized that I didn't answer all your questions. I do SAL my bug and although it originally had a wing-tip peg, it no longer does. My peg had a wire wrapped around it and the ends of the wire were epoxied into the tube spar. After many launches the wire suffered from fatigue and broke (the wire ends are still epoxied into the spar). I now grasp the tip with my thumb beneath the wing and my other fingers on top (index finger on top of spar). The launches are a little higher and easier with the peg, but it also means that that the wing isn't balanced - the peg tip weighs more than the other. My bug photos are in the Gallagher folder in the Photos section. A preset is needed for my SAL technique (I'll post on this later). Throwing right handed, I push the transmitter control stick to the right (about half rudder) with my left thumb during launch. I release the stick just after I release the glider. My club's field is flat (acually more like the potata chip called Ruffles). It's surrounded almost completely by trees. The wind was too light for sloping the trees. With no leaves there isn't much of a slope effect anyway. 'Secrets of Thermals' is an excellant primer on thermals. I highly recommend it. John --- In BugHLG@yahoogroups.com, "trizzle777" <trizzle777@y...> wrote: > > 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