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  • SailaireAT A work in progress

    So this is what I have been working on. Kind of a way stand-off ASW15ish thing happening.
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    Another view

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      Rear shot showing ailerons

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      • #4
        Very Nice. Wingspan?

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        • #5
          It's a Sailaire, so 150"/3.8m
          I will say that it is heavily modified, just about everything is different from a standard thermal version Sailaire.
          Last edited by blake; 06-22-2016, 10:52 AM.

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          • #6
            That's pretty cool!

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              Finally completed the SailaireAT today.
              Ready for Cumberland....! Click image for larger version

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              Last edited by blake; 07-18-2016, 12:08 AM.

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              • JimD
                JimD commented
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                Ready for Cumberland...excellent! 😎

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              Ok guys,


              After the successful maiden and subsequent (fun)flights at Cumberland, I now have a question for Len or Jim or anyone else in the know.

              What size of electric or gas plane will tow my SailaireAT?

              I'm asking that question because I now want to head out to the two power clubs near me and see if I can get some interest going for towing me.

              Would something like a Carbon Z Cub work, or a 30cc Gasser?

              I bought two towplane releases a while back that I am willing to give to any guys that are willing to tow me on a regular basis, just need to know what airplanes will work that's all.

              Thanks
              Blake


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              • JimD
                JimD commented
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                Blake, how much does the Sailaire weigh? I am thinking a 30cc gasser would get the job done, but a 40-50cc would be better. Watch the video of the 40cc Valiant on the home page of the website. The engine used is a 40cc DLE twin cylinder.

                More power is always better and a tow plane that weighs at least as much as the sailplane or more.

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              Hi Blake,

              That Sailaire is pretty light and has a big lifting wing, so really any small gasser ( 30cc is plenty ) will pull it.
              A carbon Z will ABSOLUTELY pull it up.
              I'm not an electric power flyer so I can't comment on actual motor sizes.

              Len
              Len Buffinton
              Team Horizon Hobby

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              • #10
                Great, thanks Jim and Len.

                There are lots of guys with Carbon Z at both clubs, so now just have to convince some of them to be tow slaves!


                Jim, just wanted to thank you again for the help you gave me and the amazing hospitality you extended to myself and two brother in-laws. They had a great time learning about RC gliders and are now hooked!

                Blake
                Last edited by blake; 07-28-2016, 05:31 PM.

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                • #11
                  Think down the road Blake! Rather go bigger and grow into it as you know you will evolve to larger sailplanes. We started with a Power 60 in a Pilatus Porter (still in service) it will pull the smallest foamie or balsa up to 4.5m.composite easely.
                  My 2 cents

                  Jeremy and Ben
                  SCCAAA TT TN

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                  • #12
                    Jeremy,

                    I hear you on that one, but baby steps here with the guys in the two power clubs. I have to set the hook first, meaning utilize the Carbon Z, of which there are several in each club. Then move into bigger tugs once the tow pilots see how much fun it is. I have a bigger sailplane on the workbench for this winters build.


                    Blake

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                    • JimD
                      JimD commented
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                      Yes! Your plan will work! I have seen this exact process play out in other places.

                      Blake, thank you for the kind words. It is a joy seeing first timers arrive, take part, and then thrive...you are on the way now! 😎

                  • #13
                    Thrive = spend bigger money on bigger airplanes!

                    That's a Len thing isn't it?

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                    • #14
                      Some look at it that way, others just realize bigger flies soooooo much better but they obviously cost more. You'll do great, whatever size you end up with.
                      Len Buffinton
                      Team Horizon Hobby

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                      • #15
                        Thrive means having fun and success...and maybe another sailplane ... or two ... and maybe bigger ... But fun and success are the main things. 😎
                        A Site for Soar Eyes

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