Friday, 21 February 2020

Traffic painful, weather dubious, flying- fantastic!


  It’s been a good while since free time and flyable weather coincided but I managed it yesterday.  You know that you are getting a bit desperate to fly when you time your trip to the slope with the one patch of blue sky being blow through on the latest storm.  The dog’s enthusiasm for being walked was dropping as we got closer to the edge- but not mine.
  I love flying the SOR in these conditions, I deliberately placed the canopy a hand grip away from the wing to help self-launching in blustery conditions.  When I have been talking to Zhou about his models he told me how much stronger has had made the wings, but with the weight of the wings dropping to 800g I had to see for myself.
  So 1.2kg of ballast in these conditions was a great opportunity to test them-  I couldn’t get them flexing!  Lots of aileron differential to help pull the nose down and pull the SOR over at the top of the turn.  It makes me think of having a go at racing again but after just flying on days like that is so much fun.

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