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Old 28th Jan 2020, 15:55
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Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Only occasionally above FL50
Age: 67
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I reckon the 16l of petrol carried in my self sustaining (turbo) glider would give me a total of about 20,000 feet of climb. From what I hear, electric self launchers would do about 4000 at best. In practice they usually use another form of launching to preserve their battery for getting home when the lift runs out. At low power they will fly a fair distance - certainly enough to get to a landable field, and usually enough to get home. Electric passenger transport is a very different matter!
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