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Posted - 08/31/2006 :  12:07:47 AM  Show Profile
Updated December 2012

Discus launched gliders are sweeping the glider hobby. These planes are so
easy to fly and require nothing in terms of support equipment. No winches,
hi-starts or other launching equipment. You don't have to be big or strong
to launch them because it is all technique. A weak launcher can get 70 feet
easy. A strong launcer can break 150 feet. And, on that launch you can get
a great flight as you hunt for lift.

If you have never seen a discus launched glider being thrown, click on these links.

This is a more relaxed throw using a 2 channel Mountain Models DL50 DLG. This plane can also be simply side arm launched.

This is a more competition oriented throwing technique. You will see a running start, a strong throw and impressive height achieved.

Many of the models I list below have videos of them being launched and
flown. MSome are kits, some are ARF, and one is an RTF. Typically the ones
over $200 are ARF composite construction planes. More competition
oriented planes typically range over $400.

- Some have video links on their pages
- One is a RTF plane
Quick build and a simple 2 channel radio can put you in the sky with one of

The Gambler+

Quick Flick 2
Built up balsa wings - Kit

Mountain Models DL50
This will probably be my next one
Build thread

Swyft - $89 kit - smaller than the ones above
This one breaks down for easy transport
Discussion Thread

MiSAL - RTF - $300
This comes all built including all electronics on your channel of
choice. You add the radio and go! They also sell radios to go with it if
you like

Other DLG Examples

Soaring USA DLGs

The Top Soaring TopSky DLGs are very reasonable in price
and get good reviews.

Hi-Start Launch?

Some people put a tow hook on the bottom and use very light hi-starts to
launch them as well. Then you can get them up 200-300 feet and hunt for
lift from there. At 200+ feet you can get quite a flight even with no lift.

Fling hi-start -
Intended for the Fling HLG

Dynaflite up start - $25
This is not advertised for HLG/DLGs but I expect you could add more line and
get a great launch with this. Should be safe considering the forces of a DLG launch.

Hand Launched/Discus Launched gliders are a very fast growing part of soaring, so consider these as part of your fleet and perhaps your entry into RC Soaring. And when you are ready, enter one of our Eastern Soaring League Hand Launched contests.

We have Expert and Sportsman classes, but if you are very new to this you can register as Novice. You will get lots of help and you will make many new friends.

Try DLGs, you'll like them!
Try an ESL contest, you'll like that too! :)

Hand Launch Links of Interest

Updated March 2011

Best regards,
Ed Anderson
Long Island Silent Flyers

Edited by - aeajr on 03/09/2011 11:22:43 AM
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