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Flying the FES-equipped Silent 2 Electro

A while back, I had read that a nearly 700 lb (315 Kg) sailplane equipped with an all-electric FES (Front Electric Self-launching) system had demonstrated serious climb rates (around 400 fpm, or 2 m/s) as well as multiple launches on a single charge; and I remember thinking at the time: “This is the future: All the advantages of self-launching and self-retrieving without any of the drawbacks of retractable pylon-mounted propellers or IC (Internal Combustion) engines.”

Silent 2 Electro Grass Take-Off Video, Alzate, Italy

The new electric Silent 2 launching for the first time from a grass surface on a calm day. Note the fence movement from the propeller blast. Alisport has recently announced the version will be named the “Electro” and that the Silent 2 Targa with its retractable gear and variable incidence stabilizer will be available with this…

Florida 500km Goal Flight in a Light Sailplane

For several years I’ve had the opportunity of visiting Wallaby Ranch in Florida during the week of the EAA’s annual Sun ‘n Fun fly-in. The Spring-time weather has typically been excellent and I have enjoyed sharing the sky with Steve Arndt in his Magic Dragon and other ranch pilots flying various light gliders and hang…