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Learning to fly handlaunch gliders

My buddy Joe had a bunch of perfectly good, gently used handlaunch planes that he was looking to sell. For not a lot of $$$ I picked up a receiver-ready beater (below) and a couple of unfinished planes. 

This past weekend, Z and I got out to the field and did some flying. Super fun to learn to launch effectively and then maximize flight time. Z’s a natural, showing some real natural talent for smooth flying. I managed to catch a bit of lift and maintain altitude, not really gaining any altitude.

We’re starting with a very basic transmitter setup, but some of the config’s we found were horribly complicated. They included numerous flight modes and many, many switches programmed. I think we’ll start simple and slowly increase the complexity of our radio configs.

Here’s a pretty good primer on HLG/DLG – http://www.fatlion.com/sailplanes/hlg.html

In Portland, the PASS (portland area sailplane society) holds HLG events almost every weekend. We may have to muster up the courage to go out and make some new friends.

This is a fun activity, definitely going to enjoy this on hot summer days!