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ELECTRIC SOARING PAGE

Electric models use a small electric motor and battery pack along with a folding propeller to launch them. The extra weight of these items increases the wing loading of the plane and decreases its' efficiency as a soarer, but for the lone flyer who doesn't want to drag out winch or bungee every time they are an excellent way of getting air time.

Many of the models that are available as thermal soarers also have an electric powered variant. The Graphite form FVK is one such:

"Graphite" Model, electric variant in inset

In some cases this carries as far as being able to buy 2 nosecones for the model. One for normal thermal soaring and competition and the other for electric motors.

 

Two "Hotliner" type electric models. Designed for speed and soaring ability Two "soaring" type electric model. They use the motor to get to height and the "float" on the rising air. Basically thermal soarers with motors

 


NIMSA Electric Comp.

8 Minute precision thermal flight.

Points off for over and under time. 1 point per second.

Points normalised for each round.

More than 60 secs over = zero score.

Time starts when motor is turned off.

Motor time:

15 seconds for BRUSHLESS motors

60 seconds for BRUSHED motors