|Small Amount of Snow Last Weekend|
In actuality the glider accelerates as it passes through the layer; once going up through it and again when coming back through it going down the back side of the hill. There is also an optimum period and diameter for the circuits the glider is making. That is something I really didn’t know either but just kept experimenting with varying the size of the circuit. In the article it also indicates that periods of wind gusts can increase the amount of shear, those have been the times I have avoided going into DS circuit in fear of crashing in the turbulence.
|Passing Through Shear Layer|
Besides the theory of how the physics works learning to fly your glider without stuffing it into the hill is important also. I do seem to be improving in part because of greater amounts of practice, I have become more comfortable flying the glider. When I first started learning just the thought of diving the glider over the back of the hill scared me. Slowly it is getting to the point of I just can’t get enough of that initial first dive.
RC Soaring Digest April 12 article starts on page 36
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