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Question about sailplanes

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I'm making a small freeware gauge (based on Slew mode) to simulate a cablestart for a sailplane.Can someone tell me at which typical speed and altitude the cable is released ?Thanks, Rob

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I guess it would depend on what you were doing for that trip. I would suggest 1000ft to 1500ft if you were just going to work around an airport. As for the speed. I would suggest 60 to 70 knotsAnyone else have some suggestions?

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Thanks David,Those are the kind of values I would have expected.Rob

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Of course, it's also rather model specific. I learned to fly on a Slingsby T-21, and 70 knots is above VNE on one of those. We used to winch at around 35 knots, then put the nose down and accelarate in a mad sprint to around 40 to release. Cruising speed was under 35kts, and it stalled at about 30 (Yep, only 5 kts below cruising! - but you had to work at it to make it stall.)Ah, the childhood memories...... :-)Richard

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