Matic Franko has scratchbuilt a cool new ultrabatics glider and it flies great! You can see his build thread here on RCGroups.
The specs of the plane are as follows:
Wing span: 125cm
Weight: 360g of which the steel wing joiner is almost 50g
Wing area: 19dm2
Wing loading: 19g/dm2
Very cool scratchbuild of Le Fish from plans by Christophe Chanudet, shown here flying at Pech’David near Toulouse. Build thread here on Modelisme. Very nice work and flying!
Swiss Peter has gotten his own Vimeo account, and here’s his first video… the 4m ExCali shredding at Ellwood! Very, very cool! He’s done a fantastic job building the plane and it flies great. Enjoy!
Totally awesome video from Dawson showing his 21oz Le Fish ultralight flying in what he called “…conditions that were perfect for my heavy Le Fish, but it was also fun trying to fly my light Le Fish in overpowered conditions… I had to keep her our in front and in vertical lift… or else she got swept back downwind. Ultrabatics. Great fun!”
Don’t miss the totally classic outtake at the end!! Another great vid from Dawson, I love it!
Stéphane “pgts” Combet of France has made a new video with his own-design The Poisson aerobatics glider. He is flying at the beautiful Pech David near Toulouse… what a fantastic little slope! A beautiful video with very nice flying. I really look forward to seeing each of Stéphane’s videos… they are very fun!
I don’t post a lot of 2-axis aerobatics videos, but this new one by Ian “Daemon” Frechette is definitely worth seeing. He’s flying his 18oz North County Flying Machines Moth in Colorado and just having a blast shredding all over the place. The Moth is an excellent plank, fast, durable, and flies pretty darn good inverted. I flew one for years and Ian’s video may be just enough to inspire me to bring it back out of retirement. Nice work Ian!
Paige Anderson of Future Slope Designs has released another video showing the really cool performance of the Flow, his ultralight design. The plane can be built with regular or Mad elevator, and as shown, the Mad elevator version is capable of some really beautiful multiflips.
Paige is the first manufacturer to offer a truly purpose-built ultrabatics glider and this design is the product of his many years’ experience. It flies great and I can’t wait to see the wonderful videos to come from all the happy Flow customers!
Check out the Flow here on the FSD website: The Flow by Future Slope Designs
Ludovic Bon has shared some great photos of the 2012 GPR giant scale rencontre at Ménez-Hom put on by the aeromodelling clubs of Brest and Morlaix. There were a large number of beautiful scale gliders in attendance, including a number of Air-100, Swift, Foka and similar scale aerobats. As shown above, the beautiful Kostez of Ronan was also present.
Many thanks to Ludo for sharing the photos… see all of them here on his Picasa galleries:
There is also a full write-up of the event here on the Les Grandes Planeurs RC website: Ménez-Hom 2012. Another one here on the Aéroclub du Finistère website: Rencontre Grands Planeurs Menez-Hom 2012. And lastly this writeup from two Irish attendees here: les hommes de la Menez hom.
Thank you Ludo for sharing!
Over the 2012 Memorial Day Weekend, Swiss Peter, Dawson Henderson and myself (Steve Lange) ventured to Greens Peak in Arizona, a 10,000ft (3,000m) cinder cone with beautiful alpine conditions.
The thin air and variable mix of slope and thermal lift were a great test for the ultrabatic gliders, and they passed with flying colors. The planes were able to easily climb out in thermals while working the light slope lift close to the ground. The short grass and pine trees make for a really nice contrast to our typical beach vistas and the dark starry skies at night were amazing.
In this video, Peter is flying the 4m version of the ExCali ultrabatics glider. This plane is huge but extremely light, weighing only about half the weight of a comparable fiberglass plane. Dawson and I are flying our ultralight Le Fish, both of which are also half or less the weight of a traditional build. All are made from EPP and covered in ultra-durable laminating film, making them almost indestructible and extremely fun to fly.