I just hold my wing at the nose and throw at around 30 degree angle and almost WOT. Works perfect.
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All I'll say is watch your fingers.
I almost lost a finger.. in fact I sliced a good 4mm (along the side) from my ring ringer and put about 8 nicely spaced lacerations in my pinky from a flying wing. It could have been so much worse, as it was I had to go to the hospital because of the amount of blood I was spilling.
Now I'm super careful with my wing. Although the safest way to launch might appear to throw and then power up I find this can be a recipe for disaster. If a wing is too heavy you will need to grip onto it from the trailing edge... i.e next to the prop to get enough power in the throw. So you are handling it in the danger area and then having to run/do a massive throw and then time the power up as you release. This is too much to go wrong for me and I've seen many risky launches like this.
So instead I hold the plane by the nose with my right hand, thumb on top of the wing, palm underneath, holding the plane horizontally and behind me at waist height. Then I power up full throttle and it's like a straight over-arm throw. I always aim it high and release early to send it high up at like a 60 degree angle. Firstly to get the plane as quickly away from my hand as possible and secondly because I need time to get my hand down to the stick.
This way I'm most comfortable and it gives me the most consistent and reliable launches. I'll launch off a jetty over water like this no problem.
Last edited by londonguy; 14th December 2011 at 09:35 AM.
My X-5 has a dorsal fin and a cutout in the bottom of the wing.
2 fingers in the cutout and throw it over hand...
The Skyfun has a cutout underneath like that at the cg.
It's the only plane that the prop has hit my hand. That was the reason I started launching from the side, lol.
Here ya go, my new way to launch my ZII.
2 fingers in the motor cut out and throw overhand... do not turn on the motor until it is out of your hand.
How does RiteWing (Chris) throw it?
That Prop scares the heck out of me, almost cut my fingers off
on my Stryker last summer. I wear gloves now :-)