After finding the thermal and turning in it, the most important thing to use a thermal efficiently is speed control, try keep your speed a steady 50-55 kts (assuming you are using imperial measurements). If your nose is going up and down (and the speed is changing as a result), you will quickly move away from the centre of the lift (where it is strongest). As a rough general guide, you should fly at around the same speed whilst thermalling as your aircrafts best glide in level flight, so in a Discus 2 about 54kts and you can check this in the technical details for each aircraft. Using the trim can help enormously here...
TheSoarer151 wrote: If you get 10 up going 55 knots in the center or 8 going up 40, you willl obviously go up faster at 40. So it really depends
You can't always do that. Say you are in a strong headwind abt 20 mph. I am going 60 mph because I am expecting a thermal. You go 3 seconds in, you turn and you are out... I wonder why? Beginners can rely on that but u can't always because it really depends on the conditions.
TheSoarer151 wrote:I'm sure I misunderstand you, but going up at 10 must be better than going up at 8. Confused
Well think going up at 8 ft per second at 40 mph or going up 10 at 60. When u go slower you go up faster, but as a consequence you have to do shallower turns
TheSoarer151 wrote:Well think going up at 8 ft per second at 40 mph or going up 10 at 60. When u go slower you go up faster, but as a consequence you have to do shallower turns
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