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    HKM Solitaire Plus

    Just picked up one of these at an estate sale. Brand new, never been assembled. Anyone have this glider or care to share anything about it? I understand this was a competition F5B glider from the late 90s, early 2000s. Probably not a typical design to be discussed on this forum but some...
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    ALES Contest - Long Island NY - April 25 & 26 2015

    ALES Contest - Long Island NY - April 25 & 26 2015 The Long Island Silent Flyers would like to announce that we will be hosting the Eastern Soaring League on April 25 and 26 for an Altitude Limited Electric Soaring Contest, ALES. All AMA members are welcome. Registration site...
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    Do you have an old 2M e-glider that you would like to get back into the air?

    In the days of brushed motors and NiCd batteries e-gliders were somewhat of a dog category. They were heavy and the climb rates were pretty slow. After a long climb you needed pretty good thermal lift to thermal them. As a result they were not all that popular. But today's brushless...
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    Unlimited Sailplane Contest Sept 20/21 2014 LI, NY

    While this may be TFS, some of you guys have gliders too, so I thought you might be interested. The Long Island Silent flyers has been hosting Eastern Soaring League TD events for decades. We hold two of these weekends each season, June and September. Each weekend is made up of two 1 day...
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    At what point do electrics become impractical or too costly?

    You are talking to a new pilot at the field. He says he wants to fly electric airplanes. More and more new pilots are coming into the hobby flying electric. Some say electric has taken over the hobby. As electric motors and lithium batteries have advance in power and come down in cost...
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    Any contest glider pilots here?

    Our club is hosting a Thermal Duration glider contest this weekend as part of the Eastern Soaring League contest series. http://www.teamflyingcircus.com/forum/f45/unlimited-thermal-duration-glider-contest-june-21-22-2014-long-island-ny-7601-new
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    Unlimited Thermal Duration Glider Contest - June 21 and 22 2014 - Long Island, NY

    Unlimited TD Contest - June 21 and 22 2014 - Long Island, NY -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Long Island Silent Flyers (www.lisf.org) is proud to host two Eastern Soaring League Unlimited Sailplane TD contests on June 21 and 22 on Long...
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    Altitude Limited Electric Soaring Contest - May 24/25 2014 in NY

    ALES on Long Island - May 24 and 25 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Our club, the Long Island Silent Flyers, is proud to announce that we will be hosting an Eastern Soaring League Electric Soaring contest flown by AMA ALES rules...
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    Contest - Eastern Soaring League Comes to LI NY for third time 9/21-22/13

    Eastern Soaring League Comes to LI NY for third time 9/21-22/13 The Eastern Soaring League will be coming back to the Long Island Silent Flyers field for the third time this season. This will be Thermal Duration for unlimited sailplane flown off winches in a Man-on-Man format. We will...
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    Eastern Soaring League - 2013 Contest Season

    I realize that most of you are not glider guiders, but some are. And for those who enjoy the fun and fellowship of soaring contests I wanted to let you know about the Eastern Soaring League. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The ESL 2013...
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    FrSky Announces Their First Complete Radio System - The Taranis - $175 - Up to 16 ch

    FrSky Announces Their First Complete Radio System - The Taranis - $175 http://www.alofthobbies.com/frsky-taranis.html http://www.frsky-rc.com/ Here is a new radio for people to consider. FrSky has developed a great reputation in RF modules and receivers. But how will they do with...
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    A new event for your club or flying group

    This is for all the power pilots. I want to introduce you to something that you might find fun. It is a new game/contest format that is exploding in the glider community. It is based on electric launched gliders, gliders with motors in the nose. It is called ALES, altitude limited electric...
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    Full Scale Gliders with Nose Mounted Electric Motor

    Video of these Front End Sustainers, FES http://www.front-electric-sustainer.com/video.php From the web site: http://www.front-electric-sustainer.com/why.php Why Front? Powered sailplanes are usually equipped with a retractable propeller as in front part of a fuselage is not...
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    How to fix warps, dents, twists or uncrunch foam parts

    HOW TO FIX WARPS, DENTS, TWISTS OR UNCRUNCH FOAM PARTS by Ed Anderson I never crash, but maybe you do. Crashing can crunch the foam of a Radian or other foam planes to the point that the parts don’t fit or it introduces a twist or warp as you try to put it back together. Or it can...
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    At what size does electric power become imparctical?

    They are starting to make full scale planes that are electric powered so, we know you can fly any size model airplane on electric. And they are now making full size gliders that have props in the nose that are run by electric motors, just like our models. Some are called flight sustainers and...
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    I think RTF Packages are a great way to get started. You?

    I fly mostly gliders, electric gliders and electric airplanes. I have a few micro helis too. My comments come from that background and part of the hobby. I have found that RTF packages that include EVERYTHING the pilot needs to get started is a great way to bring new people into the hobby...
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    How To Select Your First Radio

    How To Select Your First Radio by Ed Anderson If you go through the beginner section on any of the major forums you will see this question, or some version of it over and over again. And you will see it in the advanced flying sections too. That’s because the radio is the single most...
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    Upgrading your radio to 2.4 GHz

    This Article Originally Appeared in the Meroke Newsletter. A similar, sailplane version appeared in the LISF, ESL newsletters and RC Soaring Digest. Posted with the permission of the author. Upgrading to 2.4 GHz - Part 1 considering new vs. used options By Ed Anderson, LISF I am in constant...
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    The Simple Pleasure of Soaring

    THE SIMPLE PLEASURE OF SOARING by Ed Anderson It is early Saturday morning. You have been pushing hard at work all week. But today is yours. The Wife and kids are out doing....whatever .. and Daddy gets some time to himself. Some of your buddies went bowling and some are going to...
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    How do you launch your gliders?

    I was asked by Cody to bring this thread/post to TeamFlyingCircus in order to promote discussion about RC Soaring. I hope you find it interesting. There are a variety of types of glider flying and, to a large extent, they are closely associated with the way the glider is launched. I describe...
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