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Performance Tuning For Sailplanes DVD

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: We will discontinue selling all DVDs on or before December 30th, 2023, so if you need our programs on physical media, please order now. All titles will still be available in digital video format.

Purchase the Digital Download edition here.


UPDATE: The first edition of Performance Tuning was released in 2006 and we just updated this popular 2 hour program to make the information and tuning procedures easier to understand and apply. New tutorials were added on Incidence and Decalage as well as a new section on using your Smart Phone as an angle meter to help measure decalage angles and surface throws. Every thing just flows better in this updated 'makeover' of one of our most educational programs.

Do you want to get more performance from your glider? Do want it to fly farther and faster with less pilot work load? Do you want to have your plane 90% tuned safely before the first flight? My plane does not fly right, where should I start trouble shooting the set up?


I was getting really tired of answering the same questions on tuning and set up over and over again from customers and guys at my flying site so I decided to make the Performance Tuning For Sailplanes training video so they could learn how to tune their own planes on there own.

Learning to tune and optimize any plane is an essential skill but few pilots understand the theory and methodology required to get the performance and flying characteristics desired. While this training DVD is aimed at sailplane pilots, the tuning techniques taught can be applied to most any powered R/C aircraft.

Most gliders sold are not rigged or set up correctly and if any set up parameters are included, they are often extremely conservative and not tuned for maximum performance. In this high quality 2 hour DVD, glider expert I take you through all of the steps required to tune and set up any glider so it is 90% optimized before it's first flight.

I take an off-the-shelf ARF glider and applies my tuning techniques to it, greatly improving it's glide ratio, balance and handling. You'll learn how to rig a straight plane, how to measure the Center of Gravity, how to measure and readjust the decalage and incidence angles, and get rid of servo centering problems. Also covered are V-Tail set ups, radio programming tips, and other necessary sailplane preparation and tuning techniques.

A unique part of this DVD are the flight demo's which graphically illustrate how different center of gravity and aileron differential settings effect a planes flight characteristics. You will see how to test for correct CG using the dive test and inverted dive test. Once you study the flight demonstrations, you'll be able to replicate these tests with your glider and make the proper adjustments.

No matter what type of sailplane or powered aircraft you fly, if you learn and apply the techniques taught in the program, you will be amazed how much better even a trainer will fly for you.

Topics Covered:
• Tuning For Slope & Thermal flying • Build & Rig Straight • Center Off Gravity Measurements • Analog and Digital Incidence Meters • Programming Tips • Fix Flying Quality Problems • Center Of Gravity and Decalage Testing • V-Tail Optimization • Tow Hook Set Up • Adverse Yaw Problems • Flight Testing & Optimization

I guarantee this will be the most useful training DVD in your collection and like all of our other films, you can try it risk-free for 30 days. If you don't learn enough killer tips worth $24.95, send it back for a refund.

Just add this updated DVD to your cart and check out, or give me a call on our toll free line, 888-834-2261, M-F, 10am-5pm EST, and I will be happy to take your order information or answer questions. You can use any major credit for your purchases and we now accept Paypal.

Estimated shipping: US First Class: $3.75 - US Priority Mail: $7.75 - Int AirMail: $13.50, also calculated at check out.

What You Get: This region-free DVD was created from a Digital Video master on DVD-R media in the NTSC format that will work in any player or computer world-wide. This training DVD has a full money-back guarantee. Runtime 1 hour 48 minutes





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