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Need to know how to buy, build or set up your sailplane? How about flight simulators or magazines about sailplanes? Here are some links to to web pages that may help you.

These resources may well be more details than someone new to this sport wants or needs. To avoid wasting time and money getting started, you should contact LISF and we will be happy to help and guide you – we don’t charge for this. In general, members start to become available to help on the field in April and stop in November, with the greatest number available when the weather is warmer.


The Novice Lounge

Thermals and how to catch them

Everything You Wanted to Know About Electric Flight – An e-Book

Things to Check on a RTF

Magazines On-line

RC Soaring Digest On-Line Magazine

The Lift Zone

Flight Simulators

Getting Started with a Flight Simulator

Real Flight Basic (mode 2)

Phoenix R/C Pro Simulator V5.0 with DX4e

CrrcSim – a free flight simulator for Linux, Mac OSX (ppc and rosetta compatible) and Windows (98/2000/XP/7). The Supra model feels like flying a real Supra.

Setup notes for crrcsim-0.9.9 and crrcsim-0.9.12 on Linux Mint 13 – The control box setup notes are applicable to Windows computers.

Plane and Radio Setup

Trimming your airplane

Aerodynamic Center of Gravity

Online CG Calculator

Canard CG Calculator

Setting up the JR 9303

Electric Gliders and Planes Legal at the LISF Field

HobbyZone Super Cub

GWS Slow Stick

GWS Slow Stick

Multiplex Easy Star

Multiplex Easy Star

Multiplex Cularis e-glider

Multiplex Easy Glider Pro

GWS Tiger Moth

ParkZone Radian E-glider

ParkZone Radian E-glider

ParkZone Radian E-glider

Ascent e-glider

DJ Aerotech Chrysalis HLG -electric

DJ Aerotech Chrysalis HLG -electric

GUPPY electric sailplane

Art Hobby – Serenity-EV 2.5M

Supra Electric


Skybench Glider Kits

MM Glider Tech Glider Kits

Used Airplanes and Gliders

Advanced Sport or Intermediate Competition Gliders

Competition Flying

The Eastern Soaring League

Contest Flying Tips – Secrets to Contest Flying

Contest Strategies

The Purpose of Ruddering – When flying gliders we want to fly in the most efficient fashion possible. In the article at this link, Dr. Mark Drela provides an excellent discussion on the value of good ruddering.

Finding and working Very Light Lift – Mark Drela

Timing the Zoom on a Winch Launch

FAI Soaring Rules – Click on “Sporting Code Section 4: Aeromodelling”. FAI is the world governing body for air sports and aeronautical world records

Launch Settings – Launch-Meister by Daryl Perkins

Launch Meister.pdf

Launch Settings – Maximizing Your Launch Potential by Joe Wurts

Maximizing Your Launch Potential.pdf

Trimming – Center of Gravity and Dive Testing by Ben Clerx

Center of Gravity and Dive Testing.pdf

Trimming – Maximum Performance by Ben Clerx

Maximum Performance.pdf


Discus Launched Gliders

Interested in Discus Launched Gliders – DLG

SuperGee Thread 1

SuperGee Thread 2

SuperGee Thread 3

SuperGee Thread 4

SuperGee Thread 5

Slope Soaring

Long Island Slope Soaring


Painting Multiplex Elapor Foam

Tips On Balancing Your Model

Boom making

Aerodynamics for Model Aircraft

AVL Aerodynamic and Flight Dynamic analysis software

Foam cutting power supply

Fuse molding

Wing strength – spar calculation

Build Threads

MM Glidertech Marauder

Sig Riser 100

Sig Riser 100

Gentle Lady

Skybench Big Bird

Spirit 2M RES

Skybench Oly 2

Dynaflite Daydream

Bird of Time

Bird of Time

Skybench Little Bird