With sailplanes that have better glide ratios and penetration than my Sig Riser 100, going far downwind is normal for a Supra but pilots with lesser performing sailplanes were doing it too. After crashing into the low branches of a tree with my Gentle Lady a couple of years ago I seem to have become more timid about going downwind off the field. I watched in amazement yesterday as Ali and John S. flew over the trees for extended periods.
In the free flight contest flying I have done recently I have no backup airplanes so if I lose one I am done for that event. In addition I have no tracker system. On my P30 airplane that has put in respectable flights I have not worked with the viscus DT system enough to be able to set it for a flight time over 2 minutes. My airplane is using stab DT which I understand is not always adequate for strong thermals to bring the airplane down. As far as finding the thermals I do not have the patience or experience yet.
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Yes, I have plenty of excuses and could come up with more. More importantly I am having fun and learning all the time. If it was too easy that would not be fun either, I remember flying in a lesser RC pylon racing event for a time in which I won every race for a time. That wasn’t much fun and I switched back to the more competitive event. Flying so many different aspects of model aviation no doubt lessens my focus on a particular aspect but I enjoy the variety.
For the last two flights I switched to a different glider that turns and penetrates slightly better. On the last flight I caught some lift off launch and then went downwind over the trees. My timer said I thought you were going to have to land two minutes ago; I came down at 4:57. I was happy with my performance on that flight.
Almost as much as participating in model aviation, I enjoy writing about it and sharing the success of others. As I meet more people in model aviation they tell me they enjoy reading my blog posts. Thank you, that keeps me going.