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Phil_Taylor
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Gravity launch

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How to launch a glider - you just roll it down the hill !
(roll the vid to 1:00 if you're feeling impatient...)



I've flown bungee launches off the Long Mynd - thats fun, but this looks like even more fun !

Phil

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Philkiteflyer
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That was fabulous. Thanks for posting.
I wonder if it would work for our models ? ?
Makes me want to go out and try full size gliding . . only problem its 400km to the nearest glider field.

As an aside, does anyone fly GPS with 'Vintage' gliders? That Bocian seemed to be the best performer, maybe a future model build ? ?

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John Fairbairn
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That was fascinating. It's certainly a 'clean' and carbon free way of launching and I was wondering just how/where they landed.

I don't see why it wouldn't work with models and I and a fair number of my club members have launched Zagies and the like from slopes by putting them on the edge of slopes like Haresfield beacon and launching them off with a shove from ones boot :mrgreen:
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John Fairbairn wrote:
03 May 2021, 11:38
That was fascinating. It's certainly a 'clean' and carbon free way of launching and I was wondering just how/where they landed.

I don't see why it wouldn't work with models and I and a fair number of my club members have launched Zagies and the like from slopes by putting them on the edge of slopes like Haresfield beacon and launching them off with a shove from ones boot :mrgreen:
Around 8mins in, they are doing winch launches "the other way round", from the base of the hill. I've seen some other videos where they land out at the base, near where they are winching from.

As for green/carbon free.. not so sure as they use a 4x4 to tow them to the top!

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