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Ken Bates' e-Windlord

September 2017 issue highlights

FRONT COVER: Ken Bates' e-power Windlord climbs out at Wood Crafters 2017. The Windlord spans 100 inches and was designed for Standard Class competition. The construction article appeared in the March 1978 Model Aviation and plans are still available through the AMA Plan Service. Photo by Joe Sampietro.
Nikon D5300, ISO 100, 1/2000 sec., f5.6, 135mm


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  • 100 Days at Torrey Pines - Will Bushnell relates his experiences moving to and flying at the premier California slope site. This is the first part of a two-part series.

 • Wood Crafters 2017 
- This annual reunion was held June 3-4 and featured e-power and non-powered RC sailplanes of a wide range of eras. Text by Ray Hayes with photos by Perry S. Bell, Scott Black, Tom Davies, Steve Merrill, and Joe Sampietro.

 • On the Hills of Raną - 
Text and photo coverage of the annual event held in Monticello Illinois. By Stephane Ruelle. 

 • ReMotCam F3F - 
Elia Passerini takes RCSD readers to a beautiful soaring site in the Czech Republic where a large number of classic full size vintage sailplanes were on display and flown. All photos by Elia Passerini.

 • Science mimics nature; researchers test AI-controlled soaring machine - By Allison Linn a senior writer at Microsoft, with photos and video by John Brecher for Microsoft.

 • Catch-and-release sloping - Philip Randolph travels via the Washington State Ferry System to Whidbey Island where he experiences the classic fisherman motto in multiple dimensions.

 • FrSky G-RX8 - This 8-channel receiver with built-in variometer is specifically designed for use in RC sailplanes.

 • Martin Simons' Sailplanes volumes available again! - Three books covering 1920-1945, 1945-1965, and 1965-2000 are once again in print and Paul Remde of Cumulus Soaring has them all in stock.

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