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December 13, 2018
Flying the model glider

It's a good idea to fly this model in a wide open space area, away from electric wires, people's homes and traffic. In addition, you need to be on a cliff with the wind coming head on ie perpendicular to the cliff. These conditions are necessary for providing proper uplift to keep the glider airborne. This method of glider flying is generally refered to as slope soaring. As a safety precaution, you may want to take someone along with you who has had previous experience in model gliding. You will probably find someone from a local R/C model club who would gladly give you the kind of help you need. Now let's see if this mechanical creation can imitate the movements of a gull.

Turn on the transmitter, then the receiver. Check to see if you have left and right rudder when you move the joystick left and right. Next check for up and down movement of the elevator. Good! everything is ok and ready to go. Launch the model head on into the wind and watch it lift right before your eyes. Oh so graceful, so majestic! Look at it soar higher and higher. Try moving the stick gently to the left, watch the aircraft bank to the left. Careful now! not too much stick on the left or the plane will come spiraling down. Let the stick return to the neutral position on its own. The model will fly parallel to the cliff as far as you can see it. Don't let it get out of your sight or you may have a disaster on your hands. A slight bit of right rudder will cause the model to move away from the cliff and away from you. Use some more right rudder to bring the aircraft back toward you and parallel to the cliff. Watch it go right pass you and move to the right. When it gets far enough to the right, use some left rudder to turn it away from the cliff and away from you. Always turn away from the cliff and you'll stay safe. You can practice these maneuvers to your heart's content. As long as there is a steady breeze and your batteries last, you can stay airborne for hours. However if you get tired and want to land the model, I would advise handing the controls to the more experienced flyer. It really takes some advanced techniques to land safely. Perhaps it's best to save that for lesson two.

As you can now appreciate, it does take some skill, patience and time to enjoy this hobby. But like most skills, you get more proficient the more you do it. Soon you will want something that presents more of a challenge, such as a model that can do rolls,loops and flips. And who knows, the next time you go to the slopes you may just happen to see one or two curious gulls flying along with you. Happy gliding!