Studying the Masters: BPLR’s Mad Snap

Studying the Masters: BPLR’s Mad Snap from surfimp on Vimeo.

Benoit Paysant-Le Roux’s 1999 video featuring his Madslide aerobatics glider changed the world of slope soaring forever. The Madslide featured a full flying stabilizer capable of 180 degree rotation, allowing the plane to perform flips around its center of gravity both upright and inverted. He called this style of flying “Madflight”.

Thanks to Benoit, today many pilots around the world are enjoying these Madflight flips, but there are still some tricks in that seminal video which remain unseen from other pilots. One of them is this aileron roll to negative “mad” snaproll combination.

Using the PicaSim R/C soaring simulator I was able to study and replicate Benoit’s mad snap and present it here for your viewing enjoyment. I fly Mode II, meaning the flaps and rudder are on the left stick, and the ailerons and elevator are on the right stick.

Aerobatics with Pixies by JGAF

Nice new one by Justin “JGAF” Gafford of JGAF’s Custom Aerobats flying one of his Buzz “No Name” planes. Super crisp roll rate and I love the flat spin at 1:07 and the rudder flip at 1:18.

DS Diva by Rainer Peters

DS Diva from rainer peters on Vimeo.

I don’t feature nearly enough F3X / ballistic videos on this site and it’s a shame, because there are some great videos out there… like this one from Rainer Peters of a DS Diva absolutely shredding!!

Woodshedding // working on some new tricks

Woodshedding // Ultrabatics from surfimp on Vimeo.

Quick edit of some new ultrabatic tricks I’m working on with my Buzz Evo from JGAF’s Custom Aerobats. Wind was a little light but I made the most of it and had fun all the same.

No-Name Style Buzz at Bill’s

Justin “JGAF” Gafford has filmed a new video of one of his “No-Name” style Buzz gliders flying in what looks like some pretty strong lift at Bill’s Hill. Lots of fast paced action in this one, don’t blink!!

Justin has also launched a new website where you can learn more about the different planes he offers: JGAF’s Custom Aerobats. All of the planes are sold ready-to-fly, just add your receiver and go!

SnowflaK in-flight photos

Stéphane Combet has sent some new in-flight photos of his beautiful all-wood SnowflaK glider flying in the south of France. The SnowflaK was designed with aerial photography in mind, and has a number of camera mounting locations built into the airframe. On top of all that, it has a beautiful color scheme and is great to see in the air!

Read more about the SnowflaK here.

Air 100 VTPR at Ménez-Hom

Another new video from Damien of the Association Vol de Pente au Ménez-Hom in Brittany, France. This time it’s Joel flying his 3.7m Air 100 in some sweet VTPR sequences. Very cool!

Ultrabatics in Colombia

Ultrabatics Disappear here from Maniático Acrobático on Vimeo.

A new video from Luis Robledo Toro of his ultralight Suraci flying some smooth ultrabatics at a beautiful slope near Medellin, Colombia. Very nice!

Matt Stringer and his Super Guppy at Rincon

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Matt Stringer is a well-known American 3D and pattern pilot. At only 19 years old, he’s won plenty of big contests against some of the world’s best pilots. What many people don’t know is that he’s also an avid slope soarer. Here he is at Rincon Point flying his own-design Super Guppy ultrabatics glider. Rad!!

UPDATE: And here’s a video of Matt flying at Rincon! Super sweet!

Limande in Brittany

Ronan has built a new Limande 2.45m VTPR glider and these are its first flights. Some very nice piloting – it looks like the Limande offers some great performance :)