I am new to the forums, but not new to ELG.
So I am going to be flying at the OSU State tournament, where the air will be on. I have found modest success in our high school gym with the air on flying my FF glider at a low pitch (altitude) angle, somewhere between 20 and 25 degrees with a pullback of 55cm. My good flight times where 14.3-15.2 seconds. However, I will be flying against some of the best glider teams and would like some tips on what to do. Please note the air is flowing downward from circular vents and the flyable ceiling height is around 28 feet.
Also, another one of my FF gliders has a major roll issue. At low launch velocity (pullback of 30-40 cm) it banks left where it launches up moderately while rolling and turning around like the rudder/wing are creating to much roll to the left. However, at a higher launch velocity (45-50cm), the glider flies normally but then straightens out mid-flight. I pulled off my wing and its CG is slightly right of the pylon. I wonder if the CG of the wing is counteracting the rudder as the glider loses momentum. Any tips would be great, as I would like to change the CG to dead center over the pylon without reducing wing surface area and with minimal room for error (eg. minimal sanding or room for over/underestimating). I have re-glued my rudder at a less severe angle and will see how that affects flight when I get a chance. Upon further testing, I appeared to reach a "0" where the roll created by the rudder counteracted the CG difference of the wing. However, at the end of my flights, the glider would randomly swoop upwards into a stall, and then nosedive. This is a similar flight pattern to when I launch a glider without much roll, eg. no transition. Is it possible that my glider is "running out" of roll or cannot sustain itself in a circular flight pattern? Please note that this was observed at 35cm of draw length.
P.S. I am using 1/16" rubber on a flat piece of 2"x4" softwood.