Just a story, how and why we started to fall in love with fpv gliders.
Flying Wings are still great and the best fpv platform for many purposes, but over all those years we also encountered some downsides, which I will list here:
- loud pusher setup = higher risk to upset other people (angry bystanders might ruin the flight experience and the location for you)
- a lot of range and speed (in general that’s a pro but in smaller areas this is a con to us because it’s boring to fly fast wings in small areas)
- hard to launch (many flying wings are quite challenging to launch, compared to other foamie planes)
So if the wind is gusty, and the location does not allow very wide areas to chase each other close to the ground, we will not have a lot of fun or great video footage with our wings. Or let’s say we found a descent location, but there are some houses pretty close to us. Then there’s a high risk that we will draw other peoples attention and maybe upset them with the sound of those wings.
Electric Gliders on the other hand are very silent (even with the motor running) and its really relaxing to fly them. I would also say that I don’t feel the need for a great location and video footage, while letting my glider float through the air.
That’s also the reason why I really like the PAN mechanism on the glider (although I don’t have a head tracker), so I can enjoy the view, while gliding hands off. If you find some thermals and you can stick to them, that’s even a greater feeling.
Last week for example, I was able to find thermals many times and fly my Vegas for ~88minutes with a single 4000mAh 3S LiPo and get up from ~90m altitude to more than 700meters without motor power. That was quite amazing (especially because the Vegas is a ~1.9kg hotline glider and no thermal glider).
Leo has reactivated his Multiplex Cularis which is much slower than my Vegas, but the Cularis can catch and use thermals way better than my Vegas does. With a 4000mAh 3S LiPo his Cularis can stay in the air for ~50minutes without thermals.
Since we are back from Bavaria/Austria, we haven’t done a single flight with our flying wings, but at least 8 flights with our gliders 🙂
Don’t worry, of course we will grab our flying wings again, if location+weather are promising. In the meantime we will chill and get some stick-time on our gliders.
Short tip, that works really great for us: If you arrive at a descent location at 4:00pm (just an example) and it’s still a bit gusty, just relax and fly your glider (you can also explore the area that way). As soon as the wind gets calm (let’s say at 7:30pm), you can put the glider back in the trunk and launch the flying wings to take advantage of those calm conditions.
On most days the wind is really calm early in the morning and late in the evening, right when the sun goes down.
Here’s another video of my Vegas, flying at sunset and just enjoying the view.