This is an interesting aircraft… the VSkyLabs ContraVentus Electric powered glider. You basically climb it up with power on, and then set an effecient glide speed with the throttle back and charge the battery up by a combination of windmilling the prop to drive the motor/generator and solar panels on top of the wings. It doesn’t have ailerons, just elevator and rudder. I found out that it doesn’t handle windy conditions too well .
Here we are departing from Cardiff, for a flight down to Exeter. It really doesn’t need a lot of runway for takeoff.
That 747 doesn’t look so big from here…
Climbing out over the Bristol Channel.
I guess I’m committed now!
Phew! Feet dry over the North Somerset coast. You can see the rolling hills of Exmoor off the right wing.
I can already see Exeter Airport. Where the river Exe widens into an estuary, is a town called Exmouth, where my Grandfather lived. I really love flying around the UK using the OrbX True Earth scenery, spotting familiar places.
Using the speedbrakes to help increase my descent rate, I set up for the landing. This is all happening at a very sedate pace.
As I said, it is quite an interesting aircraft to fly. It really struggles with anything more than light wind conditions. For $12 it is a nice little distraction to have in your hangar.