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Thruster87

Thermals/ Lightwing

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Just thought I mention the great experience of thermal lift yesterday at the Oaks during training.Flying circuit ht 1900ft we were getting 300ft + lift with no no power and we glided and soared for about 5min maintaining 1900ft.The fun part was turning for base andthe VIS stayed on 0 with no power,then having to side slip all the way to the threshold.I put this thread in here as the A/C was a Lightwing 582 Cheers :)

 

 

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Just thought I mention the great experience of thermal lift yesterday at the Oaks during training.Flying circuit ht 1900ft we were getting 300ft + lift with no no power and we glided and soared for about 5min maintaining 1900ft.The fun part was turning for base andthe VIS stayed on 0 with no power,then having to side slip all the way to the threshold.I put this thread in here as the A/C was a Lightwing 582 Cheers :)

My first time thermaling in my lightwing was up at Mareeba North Queensland I had the engine at ide and was still climbing @ 1000 ft per min was unreal but then I had the down side as well dropping @ 1000 ft under full power now that was scary but had a ball learning my plane ,

 

 

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Sounds more like a mountain wave then a thermal doug

 

 

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Sounds more like a mountain wave then a thermal doug

Yes mareeba is mountain area Brad sorry should have said that but was still fun and I learn t a lot about that stuff !

 

 

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yeah sounds scary... I've never experianced a mountain wave, but it doesnt sound fun

 

 

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yeah sounds scary... I've never experianced a mountain wave, but it doesnt sound fun

It was not intimidating or scary going up but going down was a wake up call had full power and dropping like a stone an nothing I could do but ride it out , if I been low I think I may have been a pot hole on the side of the hill ....

 

 

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Yes mareeba is mountain area Brad sorry should have said that but was still fun and I learn t a lot about that stuff !

how did trhe a/c feel to u doug still capable and solid

 

 

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Yes mate she is a very stable and strong , I fine she is very predictable and can safely handle most weather conditions she will keep u more than interested when doing cross wind landing and she is more than capable of throwing u a curve ball every now and then .

 

As for strength I have seen a Ligthwing do barrel rolls loops and even a spin yes it is Not allowed but this was way back when I first stated to fly Almost 20 years ago .

 

I have flown my lightwing with 2 others up to weipa and around the cape We have flown the little two stroke down to nsw

 

lismore and back pretty much up and down the east coast with no problems .

 

Doug

 

 

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