Alpha Whisky wrote:That's odd, because the Condor manual saysC/G bias: Here you specify the relative position of your plane's center of gravity (C of G). The influence of this setting on performance is very small. The more important effect is glider handling.
You would think if it wasn't modelled at all, the manual would say "This setting has no influence on performance".
TimKuijpers wrote:Of course nobody did a test flight on this subject, did they?
It's soo easy to find out...
Fiddeflygare wrote:Regarding Water ballast dumping during real cross country soaring it normally depends on how you will land when you should dump the ballast. I have been tougt to start dumping between 4-5km:s out from the finish line if its over an airfield. if you have lots of altitude when crossing finish line you don´t have to dump before. If you are gonna land straight in (passing finish line rolling on the ground) you can dump the ballast a little earlier. The general idea is that you should not have any ballast left when touching down on the field even though most gliders is landable with ballast left. The problem is that the wing tanks might empty themselves unevenly. This makes it more possible that you will have a ground loop when landing with risks of damaging the glider. This easily occurs if you are turning in one direction for a longer period of time during the dump.
mojo wrote:Hi all
I think I've finally got to grip with most of the concepts on offer in Condor, but would appreciate a bit of advice on the pros and cons of taking on water (ballast). I appreciate that increased speeds would be a factor, as would increased sink-rates, but I could do with some info on the effects of water placement. Why tail-heavy, or nose-heavy etc.
Also, what conditions would prompt you to consider ballast.
In anticipation, thanks!!!
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