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Old 10-17-2014, 04:07 AM
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While I enjoy researching and writing the articles in this book I also like to share other resources I find that may be helpful in your understanding of electric powered flight.

Here is a good article from Model Airplane News, October 2014

Tips for Getting Started with Electric Airplanes
by Gerry Yarrish
http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blo...s%20and%20more
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I just updated the chapter on BECs to bring it up to date.
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For the benefit of new readers, I have recently revised some of the chapters to bring them up to date. You may see that the article was posted in 2008 but will note a "revised" or "Updated" date shown under the chapter title.

Some of the articles were written when brushless motors, lithium batteries and 2.4 GHz radios were just becoming common. So I have updated the articles to make them more relevant to today's equipment.

As always, ask away! We are all here to help each other.
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Wow. This is great information and exactly what I was looking for. My club just lost out to a curmudgeon living near the field. No more nitro/gas. I will miss the smell and sound or nitro mostly. The smell especially brings back very great memories. I need to switch my entire hanger to electric. I am no engineer, but it sure seems like a degree is necessary to fly electric. My first endeavor will be to build a Senorita kit I have not started yet as electric, I figured that would be easier than converting one already built. Thank you for the great head start.
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Electric is not hard once you learn to give up the idea of this glow motor = that electric motor and learn to work from watts/pound. However if you can't give that up there are electric motors sized to approximate their glow counterparts.

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Electric power is great for airplanes but it has really changed the world of gliders. Used to be that if you didn't want to use a winch or a hi-start you put a glow motor on your glider and ran it till the fuel ran out. Or you put in a brushed motor and some NiCd batteries and ran the motor till the battery ran out. The electric batteries were so heavy and the motors so inefficent that electric gliders were not very popular.

Today the brushless motors are so powerful and the LiPo batteries so powerful that e-gliders can now be very close in weight and performance to their pure gliders brothers. And very few put glow motors on gliders anymore
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