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R/C Soaring Digest - Aug 2004

R/C Soaring Digest - Aug 2004

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Page 1 August 2004
 August, 2004
Vol. 21, No. 8
 
R/C Soaring DigestPage 2
Copyright © 2004
R/C Soaring Digest
.Published by b2streamlines.comAll rights reserved.
CONTENTS
3
"Soaring Site"..............................................................
Bill and Bunny KuhlmanEditorial...........................................................................................................Dear
RCSD
Readers4"
 Tech Topics
".........................................................................................................Dave RegisterTechnical Analyis & Design..................................................................V-Tails and Turbulators8
"On The 'Wing..."............................................................
Bill & Bunny KuhlmanFlying Wing Design & Analysis.................................................................................Diva, Part 512
F3B World Record..............................................................
FAI Announcement...........................................................................................................Distance to Goal and Return13
 Technical Analysis & Design.........................................................
Mark Drela...........................................................Basic Sizing Checks for Homebrew RC Thermal Gliders16
"Gordy's Travels"..........................................................................
Gordy Stahl................................................................................................................Anatomy of Task Soaring18
 Tips and Tricks............................................................................
Bill Swingle.........................................................................................................Taking Care of Foamie Wings20
Event Report............................................................................
Mark Nankivil................................................................................................................................JR Aerotow 2004
RCSD 
Staff & Feature Columnists
 Judy Slates:Managing Editor, Article Submissions“The Soaring Site”B2Kuhlman:Publisher, Internet Support, Columnist“On the ‘Wing...”Dave Register:Video Coordination, Technical Editor, Columnist“Tech Topics”Lee Murray:Historian - Keeper of the Index, Columnist“The Natural Side of Thermal Soaring” Jerry Slates:Technical Editor, Columnist“Jer’s Workbench”Gordy Stahl:Advertising Coordinator, Roving Correspondent“Gordy’s Travels”Tom Nagel:Travel Saga Correspondent“Have Sailplane Will Travel!”Mark Nankivil:Columnist“Electric Connection”Greg Smith:Columnist“The Sloper’s Resource”Dave Garwood:Photographer, Writer
 About RCSD 
R
 /C Soaring Digest (RCSD)
isa reader-written monthlypublication for the R/Csailplane enthusiast and has been published since January,1984. It is dedicated to sharingtechnical and educationalinformation. All materialcontributed must be exclusiveand original and not infringeupon the copyrights of others.It is the policy of 
RCSD
toprovide accurate information.Please let us know of any errorthat significantly affects themeaning of a story. Becausewe encourage new ideas, thecontent of all articles are theopinion of the author and maynot necessarily reflect those of 
RCSD
. We encourage anyonewho wishes to obtain addi-tional information to contactthe author.
 August, 2004/Vol. 21 No. 9
 
Page 3 August 2004
The Soaring Site 
Dear
RCSD
Readers,Shortly after the July issue went up on the web site, Judy askedBunny and me to serve as temporary editors for
RC Soaring Digest
.This is both an honor and a privilege, and we sincerely thank her forasking us to fill in for a while. Her confidence in our abilities isinspiring and we’re going to do our very best to meet the challengeswhich are sure to surface. Judy has been working with us quite extensively over the past fewweeks in an effort to make the transitions as smooth as possible.Despite everyone’s best efforts, however, we’re sure to hit a fewsnags. Bunny and I very much appreciate constructive feedback, sodon’t be hesitant to let us know if you think of ways to improve
RCSD
or point out a glaring error in typography, layout orinformation.
RCSD
is a “reader written” publication and as such we rely oncontributions which spontaneously arrive in our e-mail andconventional mail boxes. If you have a particular interest or projectwhich you believe other
RCSD
readers would like to know about,please contact us. Single photos, contest announcements, suggestionsand questions are also welcome. With this in mind, we’ve set up atemporary e-mail box specifically for
RC Soaring Digest
RCSDigest@themacisp.nethttp://www.b2streamlines.com/RCSD.html
correspondence. The address is <RCSDigest@themacisp.net>, and all contributions should be sentdirectly to that address until further notice. We do have quite a bit of free server space for e-mail, so don’t be afraid to send large files — up to around 5 MB is OK. If you need to send something larger than 5 MB,please check with us first.A couple of notes of interest:• Mark Shryack is looking for an ASW 12 kit, fuselage, plans... well, pretty much anything. He has the3-views from Bob Banka, but is looking for something to really get him started. You can pass oninformation directly to Mark at <tmshryack@aol.com>.• The CVRC Fall Soaring Festival will be held this year on October 2nd and 3rd. 2004 will mark the 31styear of this annual CVRC contest. There's a limit of 325 entries, and while this sounds like a lot, it mayalready be too late to get a spot. Entry forms are available on the CVRC web site <http://www.cvrcsoaring.com/fall_fest.htm>, and this year entry fees can be forwarded via PayPal.As you can see from the facing Contents page, this issue of 
RC Soaring Digest
has a wide variety of material to present, from two technical treatises to a photo essay, with lots of stuff in between. We neededto add four pages to the usual complement in order to get everything to fit!The September issue of 
RCSD
will be posted to the
RCSD
web site during the latter part of August. If you’d like to receive e-mail notification when the issue is posted, simply join the RCSoaringDigest groupon Yahoo!
Alyssa and her newlycompleted Diva - painted,covered, and ready to fly! Divahas 1000 square inches of wingarea and a 123 inch span;overall weight is 56 ounces fora wing loading of 8oz./ft
2
.Despite numerous positivecomments on her good looks,Diva has proven to be a realhandful to control, particularlyin pitch, and flight testingcontinues as this issue ispublished. All the details arelaid out in this month's "On the'Wing..." column!

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