Folks, I am getting back into our beloved hobby at a very interesting time. Not only has the R/C tech improved yet again but there are potentially new rules that I’ve only recently become aware of that may affect our ability to fly as we have in the past. In my research of the opinions […]
This is kind of a catch all category with stories that may not fit elsewhere but are of interest to slope soaring enthusiasts.
Check out what Dave’s wife gave him for Father’s Day! She has this made by an artist she saw at some show she went too. Dave says “I like it! It’s cute. She has done several of these thoughtful gifts in the last few years…raising the bar for my gifts to her!”
Larry Pettyjohn sent me an email with the content below. Any help out there? “I owned the Cheetah Models from 1986-1995 and produced the Super Cheetah. I sold the business to a gentleman in the state of New Mexico, around Albuerque. His name is either Alexander Scott or Scott Alexander. Have you ever heard of […]
Weasels are back! Here is part of a post to the Dream Flight blog from Michael Richter: “We will activate our online order pages and purchase buttons at 9AM tomorrow (April 15). Yes, I know, its tax day… So, make sure to pay your taxes, but don’t forget to buy a Weasel too! Looks like […]
It is a bit dated but it is now working again for the first time since the site move. http://www.slopeflyer.com/podcast/ I’m hatching some grandiouse plans to start podcasts again so stay tuned!
I’ve gotten a bunch of requests about the plane in the intro section of this site which is currently Carl Mass’s Aerostream flying at Soar Utah. Dan Sampson is the guy who is fulfilling the kit orders for the Slope/Aerostream as well as several other Slope Scale designs by Brian Laird. Check out his site […]
Joe C sent this to me! Check it out and see what creative thinking and solid engineering can do. http://blog.greenbird.co.uk/2009/03/27/greenbird-smashes-world-record/
We are in the middle of moving the shop…all the way next door. It is something of a sashay more than a move as I have to get the other tenant to move half their stuff out, paint and prep the first half of the new space, move my stuff in and then get the […]
Espen and his partner have designed a timing system for F3F. What is so special with this system? They have incorporated a weather station into the timing devise. The device captures wind and direction measurements from leg one to leg ten, average values can be calculated for both parameters, and the results displayed along with […]
Santa Barbaran, Steve Lange, has begun what promises to be a super website on slope aerobatics. The site is located at http://www.slopeaerobatics.com (I’m surprised that domain name wasn’t already taken!). So far there are photos, reviews and videos. A copuple of planes are well represented those being Le Fish, the Voltij and the Weasel. As […]
Reed’s interviews of some of the best known names in slope soaring make for some great reading and give some insight into the thoughts and experiences of an influential bunch of guys in our slope soaring hobby. As of this writing Reed has interviewed the following folks: Vernon Hunt Dieter Mahlein (ShredAir) Carl Maas, Jr. […]
I caught the Raptor Force episode of the PBS series Nature today. It was a very cool show all about various raptors and their influence on aircraft design and studies of flight. One segment had Kyle Paulson DSing his 100-inch Exxtreme! RC on PBS. How cool is that? The segment was about dynamic soaring and […]
If you are a Mac using slope soaring pilot this Widget for OSX is a must have! I have mine set for the data location closest to my local slope, about 6 blocks away, and check it regularly. Living on a large lake we get conditions at the lake that can often be different that […]
Hi, All. I made a Frappr map. Check it out at http://www.frappr.com/slopeflyer. Go ahead and add your location or the location of your local slope. Over time I hope this helps pilots find locations to fly and pilots to fly with.
If you know about the JART slope plane you know it is one mean looking aircraft! Reed did a great job designing and prototyping the original and now provides plans to slope soaring legions around the world! The site, www.jartworld.com, has lots of pix, info, interviews and videos as well as a Cafe Press store […]
The RC soaring community suffered a tragic loss with the death of Eric Molstead in a light plane crash near Vancover Washington’s Pearson Field. Very sad news indeed. There is a thread at RC Groups that may help if you feel like talking about Eric and your memories of him. http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=365972 After corresponding many times […]
Hey, y’all sorry for the delay with the report. I recently spent several days with Jack Cooper of Leading Edge Gliders working on a video project that you will see in the not too distant future. We are at the editing stage which often takes longer than I expect but I think the effort will […]
Dave’s 1-26 is one of the best “do it all” EPP planes available. This may be the most popular EPP 2-meter ever made. Beginners and experienced pilots alike LOVE this airplane. Sky King is bringing back both the 2-meter and 60 HLG versions of this classic plane. Sky King RC Products has spent the past year or […]