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Altitude Limited Electric Soaring

Hello Gents, I would like to make a survey. Would there be an interest in starting an ALES (Altitude Limited Electric Soaring) type event for our club? It could be staged as a Fun Fly or an introductory event to get kids/people interested back into the fun of flying R/C. The really neat thing is that it is relatively inexpensive. Many people have started out using a motorized foamy glider with Rudder, Elevator and a speed control. This is coupled with either a timer person to say when to stop the motor or an on board altitude limiter that automatically turns the motor off at the preset time or altitude. The main goal in this new category of motorized gliders is it is cheap, easy, fun and inexpensive. I've decided to go ahead and convert my 2 meter Jester glider to a motor glider so it will be easier to launch and if you don't find enough lift, just turn the motor on and go back up. They are very easy to fly and make an ideal platform for someone to learn how to fly on. If you want to compete or get more information on this new and inexpensive set up, here is a link to the National ALES website. Please let me know your thoughts and ideas. Thanks, Randy Altitude Limited Electric Soaring League > Welcome[br][br]

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Here is a thread on why people would want to try ALES. It's fun and inexpensive. http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1882809

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Here are a couple of links for info on altitude limiters. Winged Shadow http://www.soaringcircuits.com/

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I suppose I can come up with the 50 bucks or so to give this a try. I am not entirely sure I want to dedicate that plane to electric, but something larger than a 2M sailplane might be nice to try for this. I can also get another fuselage kit to keep one for high start/winch launches.

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Thanks for answering, Tippo.

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Maybe....depending on how the Slingsby does on electic power assist.
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As for larger than 2M, I intended to mention my Sig Riser as the one I'm not sure I want to dedicate to electric. Should maybe read what I've typed. Bob, if we make this strictly altitude limited, then you can take half an hour to get up there.

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According to ALES protocol, there would be a time limit of 30 seconds or 200 meters, which ever comes first. If one were to follow the procedures.

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Yeah, but we're not ready for prime time contests and procedures yet, are we? O' we could give Bob a handicap just because of his sailplane's cool factor. We need to con Switzer into playing with his BOT.

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Of course there is always an aero tow option for any glider out there!

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Let's not discount the climb rate of the Slingsby on electric power just yet! 1000 watts @ 9 lbs gives more that 100 watts per/lb which should result in a quite nice climb rate. But, I'd opt for the aero-tow option with less weight and a heck of alot less drag. Now, if someone could put something together to haul it up there, I'd be all set.
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Well, things are getting better. We have decided not to move as it would be better for us to stay here. So, after I finish the Jester motor glider, I will most definitely put the Super Cub together. Stay tuned.

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Sorry to hear your plans have changed again, Randy. What is it about life?...just when you figure out all of the answers, they change all of the questions!
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glade to have you back on board

400 ' is high enough to get were you are going
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Thanks Cliff, It's good to hear from you again. Randy

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