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Electric Sailplane Clinic DVD
sailplanes are a fantastic way to enjoy soaring, but learning about
the motors, batteries, props and speed controllers along with all of
the other details needed to fly electrics is a huge and daunting
Essentials of Electric Powered Soaring
Handlaunch Tech Lab
Handlaunch gliders are evolving so rapidly one can barely keep up. I
spent this summer learning about the latest planes, equipment, and
installation techniques and I'm sharing what I learned with you in
my new DVD the Handlaunch Tech Lab. The cool thing about this DVD is
that even if you don't fly HLG's, the tips and information on 2.4
radio systems, RDS, lithium batteries, and installation techniques
can be applied to most sailplanes.
I first do a complete build out of the Swedish-designed Sirius, THE
rock-star competition glider of 2009. I'll show you how to fit out
it's all moulded kevlar Disser wing with a super tight top drive
flaperon system using the latest digital servos. You will learn how
to make a light weight spring return drive set up for the elevator,
and how to install asymmetric rudder blades in a moulded fuselage.
Rotary Drive systems are popular for driving flaperons and I teach
some tips on how to make this complicated but aerodynamically clean
system work perfectly.
The best part of the install is the tutorial on how to use the new
2.4 ghz radio systems in all carbon fuselages. 2.4 systems offer
many advantages over FM systems but you need to know the tricks, and
that's what I share with you. I use the new Spektrum 6250 superlight
receiver designed for all carbon fuses and you see it in action.
Another trend is to use lithium cells for power as digital servos
and 2.4 receivers need lots of clean power to operate. I cover all
of the basics on what cells to use, how to regulate the voltage
properly, and safe charging procedures. This section is very
We all have older gliders that still fly well but are in need of
some updating. I take an older XP-4 (the same one I built in the
HLG Building Clinic) and update it with new fins, updated digital
servos, 2.4 radio, and modified boom that will make it launch and
handle much better.
After all of the lab work, it's out to the flying field for some 2.4
range check procedures, fail-safe programming, and I talk about
flying rudderless planes and the lessons I have learned to fly them
effectively. I even do some thermaling with the Sirius and you get
to hear what I am doing as I fly.
As with my other building clinics, you get detailed instruction on
high quality video that makes learning about the latest techniques
really easy. Once you see me do things the right way, it is easy
for you duplicate what I do. Links on where to buy the gear I use
are also included on the DVD.
Soaring Master Class 3
So what's on the new DVD? Lots of cool and inspiring stuff.
I spent a long weekend in San Diego with ace
instructor Mike Smith, who did such an great job on the Master Class
1. We had talked about the skills he saw lacking in pilots (even
experienced ones) who he saw fly at his local field and at national
meets. We both decided to make this Master Class about skill
building. This DVD is not for the raw beginner, but those of all
other skill levels will surely benefit from this program.
Mike is great teacher because he makes you rethink
the way you fly and question those aspects of soaring you thought
you knew well. I always learn a thing or two every time we get
We shot hours of thermal flights over the course of 3
days with Mike wired up to the camera talking about every move he
made in the air and why he did it. What's really cool about this DVD
is that we had a HD video camera on his new F3J Aspire which was
recording the flights synced up to the ground camera. We also put a
yaw indicator on the nose of the plane so you can see how adverse
yaw effects flight in real time.
Mike demonstrates how to set up your rudder mixing
and differentials for coordinated turns, and you see those effects
on the yaw angle of the glider as he changes the mixes. The onboard
camera and Mike's zen-like commentary while thermaling really makes
this training DVD unique.
The Soaring Master Class 3 DVD is one of my very best
instructional DVDs, I'm really happy with how it turned out. I
already did many tweaks to my unlimited glider radio set up to
improve rudder response. If I learned a bunch of great tips and
insights, just imagine what you might learn.
Other subjects covered are thermaling technique, air
reading while in flight, managing the plane's energy, speed,
attitude and how to adjust the glider to changing conditions. This
DVD emphasises in-flight training, but there's a nice amount of
ground school tutorials as well. This DVD will be incredibly useful
to all soaring pilots as the skills and tutorials taught can be
applied to any type of glider. (except maybe a 4 kilo PSS sloper)
Handlaunch Master Class 3
The last 3 Handlaunch/F3K DVDs have brought you up to date on the
latest techniques, developments, and gear for HLG/F3K flying.
Incredible material, but some key parts of modern HLG mastery were
still missing from the series.
And that's what's covered in this Master Class.
This DVD will be a bit different then some, it will
be more informal, just me in the shop with a huge dry erase board,
tuning tools, some planes, some radios, and the camera.
I do a total brain dump, teaching you my techniques
for tuning and optimizing a modern F3K glider to perfection. You'll
learn ways to integrate your computer radio and it's program with
your frontal lobe, so your plane will fly more efficiently on it's
own, with minimal pilot workload. The more your plane can fly on its
own at the the 3 basic speeds needed, the longer flight times you'll
get. It's that simple.
While some of the subjects covered are taught in some of my other
DVDs, but the tuning and programming techniques shown are specific
to HLG's and their special calibration requirements.
So what's covered in this DVD?
First I cover basic alignments,
decalage settings, Center of Gravity tuning, both static and active,
and how to get a smooth and accurate elevator system working for
you. It's all about the elevator baby! If you can't get these tuning
basics down, no amount of radio tweaking will get you plane to fly
I then combine the tuning tips together with advanced
radio set ups, teaching you how to use Flight Modes/Conditions to
make your plane react to changing lift and wind conditions. I also
cover differentials, mixing, trim steps, snap flap, and other
settings that will make your plane fly better and more efficiently,
without you! You will also see how I have my personal gliders set
up, and I'll talk about some different strategies on how to use your
flight modes/conditions more effectively to set trim and wing
camber, both critical adjustments to get your plane flying with less
As a special bonus, I have my good friend and
super-pro pilot Mike Smith describe how he has his HLG's set up and
tuned for competition.
Soaring Master Class 2
If you thought the Master Class 1 DVD was
cool, then you will have to buy the next in the series,
Soaring Master Class 2.
Soaring Master Class 2 expands on the content of the first
DVD with detailed tutorials of advanced soaring techniques
with an introduction to competition thermal flying.
Featured instructors include outstanding pilots like 4-time
world F3B champ Daryl Perkins, world F3J youth champ Cody
Remington, and soaring pros Tom Keisling and Skip Miller.
Mike Smith also returns sharing even more advanced soaring
techniques with you.
Pro Daryl Perkins shows you how to set up your plane for the
best launch, how to practice speed control for spot
landings, and shares some great pro-level thermaling tips.
Mike Smith covers caller and timing techniques, reading the
plane on tow, and a cool tutorial on finding thermals
without ground signs. Cody and Skip talk about flight
strategy and plane tuning. (Cody won the contest with a near
All of the footage was shot live at the big Southwest
Classic soaring competition in Arizona, and you get to tag
along with the pilots as they fly each round of this tough
contest. Pilot and caller are mic'd up, so you hear and see
what they are doing through out the flight. The pilots and
callers describe what they are doing and talk about the
techniques they are using to place high in the standings.
This is a fantastic opportunity for you to learn from some
of the super stars of soaring.
If you have not purchased the Soaring Master Class 1 or High
Performance Thermal Soaring, use my 3-pack discount deal and
treat yourself to some world-class instruction that will
help you quickly build your skills.
The content of the DVD is aimed pilots of most skill levels,
intermediate to advanced, and the skills taught can be
applied to all types of gliders, not just the higher
performance ones. Combine this DVD with Soaring Master Class
1, and you get a potent pair of audio visual which will
surely cut years off of your learning curve.
Soaring Master Class 1
If you want to learn the nuances of R/C soaring, hang
around world class pilots and listen to every word they say and
watch what they do.
If you don't have access to those few pilots who possess that raw
championship talent, then get my new DVD Soaring Master Class 1,
which is is the next best thing to having a pro as your personal
Instructor Mike Smith has been flying gliders for over 25 years and
has won numerous National Championships, the Soaring Masters, the
huge contest at Visalia, and is a 3-time U.S. F3B team member.
Besides being one of the best pilots in North America, Mike is a
skilled and confident teacher, easily explaining complex subjects in
an easy to understand manner.
I spent 3 days filming Mike in San Diego as he covered his
techniques for plane set up, launching, and optimizing performance.
You will learn an amazing amount of basic and advanced soaring
skills from someone who really knows what he's talking about.
Along with the lectures and flight demos, your learning will be
helped along with high quality information graphics which illustrate
the subjects Mike's covering.
The launching tutorials alone are worth the price of the DVD, but
Mike covers so much more in great detail that you will improve your
skill set immediately. Especially cool is Mike's demonstration of
high wind flying where he talks you through his techniques for
finding and staying in lift in really breezy conditions.
The content of the DVD is aimed pilots of all skill levels, beginner
to advanced, and the skills taught can be applied to all types of
gliders, not just the higher performance ones. Combine this DVD with
High Performance Thermal Soaring, and you get a potent pair of
classes which will surely cut years off of your learning curve.
High Performance Thermal
Radio Carbon Art's latest
DVD High Performance Thermal Soaring teaches you advanced techniques
for catching thermals and flying them more efficiently. You will
learn to fly smart and smooth, and develop an understanding of the
importance of trim, rudder use, tuning and air reading.
Along with detailed technical tutorials, you will learn by watching
one of the world's most talented pilots, 2 time world F3J thermal
soaring champion David Hobby. David thermals on camera and describes
his every move, teaching you his techniques for successful
performance thermal soaring.
David also teaches you some great plane setup and air-calling
techniques. You will learn cutting edge techniques from Dave and I
know you will impressed with the information he shares with you.
You might think of this DVD as the sequel to the Secrets of Thermals
Soaring DVD, with more of an emphasis on advanced flying techniques.
Covered subjects are CG methods, trimming with flight modes, rudder
theory, ballast strategies, bank angles, and minimum sink and lift
over drag ratio.
As a DVD extra, Paul Naton teaches a tutorial describing his thermal
Combine all of these subjects with an hour of David Hobby's
teaching, and you have a DVD that contains a great wealth of useful
Soaring expert Paul Naton takes you through all of
the steps required to maximize the performance of your sailplane.
You will learn how to properly rig and balance your plane so it will
fly great from the first test flight. Paul teaches you how to build
your plane straight, set the incidence and decalage angles, choose
the right center of gravity, and set up your control throws with a
computer radio. You will also learn about adverse yaw and
how to set differentials to control it. Flight demonstrations of
common flight problems are included along with detailed explanations
of cures. This high quality DVD will have you flying at a new level
of performance in no time.
Radio Clinic For Gliders
The Radio Clinic For Sailplanes
DVD will teach you how to program your computer radio so you can fly
more efficiently and get top performance from your model. You will
learn not only what all of the radio functions are, but how to apply
them to a variety of different glider types from simple 2 channel
rudder and elevator planes to modern high performance 6 channel
models including electric gliders.
The techniques taught can be applied to any slope or thermal glider
including hotliners and electric-assisted sailplanes. This high
quality DVD covers complex flight mode programming, dual rates,
exponentials, programmable mixing, camber changing, compensation
mixers, and more.
Secrets of Thermal Soaring
This extensive educational film
covers the complex art of thermal soaring and meteorology. Using
high quality illustrations and graphics along with video, the viewer
learns the basics of thermal formation and movement as well as
aircraft thermaling techniques. This revolutionary video is required
class work for anyone interested in improving his R/C glider or free
flight model flying technique. DVD Running time: 1 hour & 15 minutes
F3 Building Clinic
The F3 Building Clinic takes you
through all of the construction and preparation procedures needed to
complete today's high performance glider kits. This 2 hour training
DVD will help you build up your modeling skill set with detailed
tutorials and pro-level tips. You will learn how to build all of the
subsystems of a 3 meter moulded glider kit including wiring, servo
installation, radio set up, push rod builds, battery packs, and
detailing. The F3 Building Clinic is an excellent visual building
guide and all of the skills you will learn can applied to most
modern ARF glider kits of any size.
Handlaunch Pro Clinic
This exciting 2 DVD set covers
the latest techniques in Discus/SAL handlaunch glider preparation,
tuning, and flying. With over 3.5 hours of content, this intensive
training film will help you maximize your glider performance and
improve your throwing and flying technique. Disk 1 covers basic
building tips, equipment choices, air frame tuning, and radio set
ups. Disk 2 is filled with expert level tips on throwing, plane
preparation, tuning, and flying techniques. Handlaunch Pro Clinic is
perfect for beginning, intermediate, and advanced HLG pilots looking
to perfect their technique. DVD Running time: 3.5 hours
Handlaunch Building Clinic
Sailplane expert Paul Naton
takes you through the construction of 2 popular Handlaunch glider
kits, the XP-4 and the Raptor. You will learn many basic modeling
skills including soldering, fiber-glassing, radio installations,
push rod building, and techniques for building light and straight.
This high quality program will help you build most of today's modern
HLG kits and all of the skills learned can be applied to almost any
building project. DVD Running time: 3.7 hours
Best of Scale Soaring
The Best of Scale Soaring is a
collection of the best large scale glider footage from .filmmaker
and soaring pro Paul Naton.
You will first visit the prestigious 2007 JR aero tow event where
North America's top pilots gathered to fly the biggest and baddest
1/3 to 1/2 scale gliders. We're talking BIG planes here guys!
Featured sailplanes include a 1/2 scale ASW-28 with on-board video
camera, soaring champion Mike Smith's 1/3 carbon DG-800, a rare 1/3
Horton Parabola flying wing, and Eric Myers amazing jet-powered Fox
aerobatic plane. The flight sequences flown by these pro pilots set
to classical music are amazingly cool. Youíll be impressed too when
you see these big scale planes fly.
After you settle down from the aero tow event, check out the
extensive extras on the DVD. You will find four informative
interviews with some of the JR pilots who talk about their models in
Thereís lots more flying too, with hot aerobatic sequences flown by
the sportís best like Peter Goldsmithís 1/3 DG-800 show-stopping
aerobatics at the SEFF and Steve Condonís epic Discus flight during
a thunderstorm at Los Banos.
Other extras include a classic Minimoa cruising the cliffs of Torrey
Pines, and Paul Naton flies his 1/3 Discus in huge air conditions at
Oregonís gorgeous Peterson Butte slope.
After watching all of this scale flying, if you donít yet own a
scale glider, you soon will!
Pro Aero Tow
Spectacular footage of the
largest R/C sailplanes in North America. Filled with beautiful
sailplane flights and pilot interviews, Pro Aero Tow also has
instructional content which gives an overview of aero tow technique.
The aircraft featured are based on real gliders and represent the
pinnacle in model building and flying technique. One of Radio carbon
Artís most popular and acclaimed films. This DVD has a 30 day money
back guarantee. DVD Running time: 1 hour & 20 minutes