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Sailplane Talk; All things thermal and slope

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Sailplane Talk; All things thermal and slope

Sailplane Talk; All things thermal and slope

I have my eye on the Bird of Time, I like the lines. Or I'll just grab the Gentle Lady ARF at the hobby shop. Looks like we'll make it down next weekend and actually get to do some flying. That looks like the job for me Jim.
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Sailplane Talk; All things thermal and slope

Jim Z. had his Gentle Lady out on Saturday, and I had forgotten how well they work light lift. However, with the boomer thermals I've been hitting so consistently out there, I don't think I'd want to get into one with a Gentle Lady. I do not think you'd get it back. I also love the lines of the BOT, you may want to add spoilers at some point. Because of the size it would be a better choice for visibility and "bigger flys better" as they say. I have to admit that the Spirit Elite handled the aerotow very well, and I was able to thermal John's plane just fine. It also has flaps, so getting it out of the big lift would not be too difficult. It high starts well, so should go off the winch just fine too. It does make you work hard on the small low altitude thermals to get up to the big lift. If you want Sabin to figure out the TD stuff, then the BOT, Aspire or Spirit ARFs would probably be good compromise choices. I have been very pleased with both my Aspires.

Thermals---I need thermals!
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Sailplane Talk; All things thermal and slope

A few photos from Saturday: John's Spirit Elite hooked to the Telemaster and ready to tow, and shortly after liftoff. [br][br][br][br]

Thermals---I need thermals!
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Sailplane Talk; All things thermal and slope

After 5 years of not flying, its sure good to have friends and support to try and get my fumbs back. Sat. was a very enjoyable day. Thanks to the help and patience of Jim F. and Randy we were successful towing my sail plane . Everything actually went as planed. Randy went over the proper sequence of towing ,what shouldn happen and when it should happen. All tows went pretty much as he explained with exception of a few dumb fumb moments on my part. Having not flown in anumber of years,it was sure nice to have Jim F. standing by to be able to hand - off trans. to overcome my screw-ups. At that altitude we were constantly able to hit large thermals. Looking forward to next time.
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Sailplane Talk; All things thermal and slope

If anyone should question the ability of a Gentlelady glider, they should have been at the field Sat. Jim Z put on a real demonstration of working light lift with his Gentlelady.
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Sailplane Talk; All things thermal and slope

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Sailplane Talk; All things thermal and slope

Cool video, James! Thanks.

Onward and Upward.
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Sailplane Talk; All things thermal and slope

Jim, are you still needing anything done on the winch. I am back in town for a while now. Just got back today!
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Sailplane Talk; All things thermal and slope

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Onward and Upward.
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Sailplane Talk; All things thermal and slope

You said the second solenoid is an easy wiring job, so if you'll help me figure it out, I'll do it. Somewhere down the line, we need to revisit the retriever for that thing. Everything else on the old winch works just as it should.

Thermals---I need thermals!
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Sailplane Talk; All things thermal and slope

I assume you are talking about either one of the solenoids being able to disconnect the circuit so it doesn't keep pulling when you shut it off. No problem!
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Sailplane Talk; All things thermal and slope

It will be amazing to see this mystical winch actually operate! I've heard lot's about this winch.

Onward and Upward.
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Sailplane Talk; All things thermal and slope

You should have asked for a demo when you were here at the house. I'd have gladly pushed the button for you. Just because it's your birthday dude. You are old now.

Thermals---I need thermals!
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Sailplane Talk; All things thermal and slope

Jim, Do you have it at your house? If so maybe I can get with you sometime this week to see what all I need to get it done.
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Sailplane Talk; All things thermal and slope

Randy, the winch is the real deal.I had a pretty spectacular crash off the winch several years ago. It helps to know when to get off the pedal.
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