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Old 01-08-2002, 09:58 AM
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Default HLG Gyro

Gyros are somewhat of a new thing that are being used for disus launched gliders. The sole purpose of the gyro is to keep the plane tracking straight from the moment the plane leaves the launchers hand until it finishes it's climbout. Usually it elimates the need for having a rudder preset in a discus launch plane (because the plane tends to want to roll into the direction of the throw).

Once the plane is done with the launch, the gyro doesn't have much effect on the way the plane flies. The gain is set so low that at normal cruise/thermal speed, it doesn't do much (it can actually be a hindrence if set to high because it will make the plane damp out the more subtle attitude changes you look for to indicate lift).