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  1. Every landing should be on glide slope IMHO, but I do fly gliders 🙂 You should (MUST) know best glide speed of ANY aircraft you are flying and also min sink speed. I will be corrected on this but I think (particularly with more than one blade) a prop at idle (or free spinning) actually creates more drag that a stationary prop. Ergo: you will glide better with a prop that has stopped than one which is still turning. Any aircraft can climb in lifting air without thrust, just depends what the min sink speed/sink rate is vs the lift available and how you could use it - including how mu
  2. Hi, Does anyone have a copy of a manual or POH for Fisher Mk1 (Drifter). I recall Wayne had one available on the Spectrum Aviation website years ago. Cheers, Tex
  3. PS I have a suitable EarthX here, used no longer in use if you want it PM
  4. As I said above....I have consistently used Lifepo batteries in aircraft for a number of years. They were of the brands Antigravity and EarthX. I have used all variants of LiPo/Lifepo4 etc in hobby use for RC aircraft for many years as well. I have had no issues with the brands I used in my aircraft but (given my experience with RC hobby batteries) would not recommend using the RC variants because you really need do need something to act as a shut off in low or high voltage or balancing cells type situations. The EarthX has a BMS inbuilt for that purpose. The best option IMHO. Unless wei
  5. This is Lake Wivenhoe from the south getting close to the dam wall (it is off to the right a ways). Fires in the distance.
  6. It would be interesting to see where the MBRC claim the offence is created to allow a penalty and then where they get the power to enforce it.
  7. Tex

    Drifter Heaven

    Where did you end up getting the jury strut eye bolts from?
  8. Tex

    Jury Strut Eye Bolts

    Except the original part is actually SS and was taken from use of boat turnbuckles. I searched far and wide for these myself and could not find them the next best thing is eye bolts alluded too by OME.
  9. Weight of these? 80-85kg fitted PSRU?
  10. Look at the trailing edge of the wing. You can see the end of the battens, the black batten tips. unclip (not the tip battens) and come out of their recess in the seam at the trailing edge of the wing. As a result the trialing edge can move and luff without the restriction from the battens holding it properly. Now that is how a weight shift aircraft works, sail manipulation; move weight to one side the cross bar/keel move and the sail will respond.
  11. He didn't use his weight efficiently but they actually set up the same situation with a 'test' pilot ... locked in also and deplyed reserve succcessfully. The pilot in the video did not make it. Yes failed deployment of reserve. They aren't that hard to get out but you need to practice. Flex wings are just that. If they luff because of say G and speed, or batten failure there can be hidden dragons lurking.
  12. Tex

    Drifer Maintenance

    Dalby Air Maintenance... won't be cheap.
  13. I just have to say, as an observer, that this plane gets my vote as best on field? (But then the Trojans.... hmm ) What about those others who were there; what's your pick?
  14. SB Drifter with white pod, blue fuse and yellow tail.
  15. Actually if you just click in the link at the top "Jason Hendry Highlights" they come up....
  16. Yes we would have passed there somewhere around the half way mark. I was also checking out your trailer as well as the "Death Machine"
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