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Old 04-30-2017, 06:11 PM
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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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