- The FAA's statement as of early February
- The STC applicant's description of the inspection and repair process
The parts kit alone would cost about $8,700.
On some long trips to the dunes at Pismo Beach, CA I invented my "Seagull Soaring Index". I watch the seagulls that are ridge soaring, and mentally count the longest intervals between episodes of flapping. If they can soar for 6 seconds at a time or longer, the wind is strong enough to launch my Highlander. Any less, and I will be trekking down the hill to retrieve it.
Smaller ships would probably fly on a SSI of two or three. I've thought of getting a wing or smaller glider, but since I really don't get to fly R/C all that often (I'd rather fly "full-scale") it's not worth the cost.
What weather-related "rules of thumb" do you use to help decide whether today (or tomorrow) will be a good soaring day?
Because my experiences may reflect on other pilots, instructors, examiners etc., I won't use their names.
To learn about soaring, I highly recommend Learning to Fly - Gliding & Soaring