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Old 04-10-2014, 05:40 PM   #161
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Just need to get the rx I ordered 3 weeks ago, and this one will be ready for the slope. Very nice kit, everything fits together well... If you decide yo get a Labelle just make sure to get small servos and receiver.
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Old 04-25-2014, 11:18 AM   #162
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http://youtu.be/gxDC7YXFOvo
Maybe this is something us prairie slopers should try?
This might work....
http://youtu.be/ddVP1wMHcsY

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Banff Makeout Point

I posted earlier about my sites near the Banff townsite but here is some video of makeout point on the way up to Norquay. I'm pretty new to gliding but it has become my obbsesion and I average 5 days a week of flying and probably about 3 hours in the air each day. Right now this site is amazing. Sometimes a light breeze will come down the hill from the snow covered slopes of norquay. That will push the thermals from the south facing exposed rock and pavement up really fast. It also menas that if you aren't high enough you can loose altitude very quickly. In this situation, I'm glad to have a motor but if the wind is coming from 160 to 240 degrees at at least 10km/h it should be no problem for unmotorized craft at any temperature. Landing is not easy here but it rarely is in this neck of the woods.

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This is not a simple slope. Slight changes in wind direction can really change things. Below the launch site, the slope goes more to the west than it appears but a west wind can be tricky because its blocked by Norquay Mountain. Once you get about 400ft above the launch site, you almost always have very strong lift. The grassy hill looks like a good thermal generator but below it, the rocks and a couple of curves in the road can really heat up. If I have trouble getting lift, I often fly straight away to the south until I find some.
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Old 05-02-2014, 09:37 PM   #164
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On a side note: I would love to see a video of someone with a radian Pro flyin off of a ridge doing aerobatics. Just to see how it performs.
I have a radian pro and it's pretty good at aerobatics. You must put a carbon rod from the middle to the rear of the fuselage though and I would also ad something to make the vertical stab stiffer. The plane is really nose heave so don't worry about making it too heavy. It could have more roll and to help with that, I have a flying mode that adds some flaps with the aileron mix. I don't use that a lot though. I find that some rudder mix allows it to roll fast enough. I just use the flaps when I want to do cuban eights.
I get better acrobatic performance with more weight to help it carry speed. With a 2100 battery, I can do big high speed loops. Too bad I broke my gopro lens. The site I am flying gets such strong thermals that I have to constantly do aerobatics to stop the plane from flying up out of sight. I should probably go to an open field and see if I can break the plane. I defiantly go easy on the stick when its going fast and I pull out of dives out of concern of the speed ripping the wings off.

I would really like to see parkzone make a thinner wing for high speed slope soaring. It would be nice if the ailerons were a bit longer and the flaps smaller with a more speed oriented airfoil. For $60 with servos, it would be nice to have a whole new plane.
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Great posts footsy. Next trip i go on to Bamff I will be looking for the spot you tell about. Thanks for the Rad pro video.
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Re: Alberta Slope Patrol guide

Waiting on the Servo/Rx Batt combo pack released by Dream-Flight for the Libelle, I ordered the very first lot as soon as it went live. While I wait the 2 weeks or so for it to arrive, has anyone scouted anything good slope wise in the Red Deer area? Or are there any slope enthusiasts in the area that meet up regularly? CAARF doesn't seem to have any active slopers, at least the people I've asked aren't aware of anyone locally.

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Re: Alberta Slope Patrol guide

Chris check google maps for slopes to the east of red deer in the stettler area.
I love the libelle even with it's flaws.
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Re: Alberta Slope Patrol guide

Here are some videos of me flying at makeout point on the road up to Norquay.

http://youtu.be/tEzPZFPBpRQ?list=UUh...2w6YhocqYDO7Cg
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Re: Alberta Slope Patrol guide

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Waiting on the Servo/Rx Batt combo pack released by Dream-Flight for the Libelle, I ordered the very first lot as soon as it went live. While I wait the 2 weeks or so for it to arrive, has anyone scouted anything good slope wise in the Red Deer area? Or are there any slope enthusiasts in the area that meet up regularly? CAARF doesn't seem to have any active slopers, at least the people I've asked aren't aware of anyone locally.

Thanks much.
Hi Chris! Didn't see this post till now. Ron Hall at the CARFF club does a bit of sloping. If your willing to come a little farther east I can show you a couple slopes that I use.

I will be at the CARFF field today. If you are there or have a minute to stop by we could chat.

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Re: Alberta Slope Patrol guide

Managed to get some flying in on Monday at one of the better slopes around here.
Still learning about GoPro helmet cam video, but here's something for you guys to check out.



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