The Yoda 1.5m DLG
is the latest design from Joe Wurts, master glider designer and pilot, and Vladimir's Models, with unparalleled technology, craftsmanship, and expertise in composite and production engineering. The Yoda DLG is uniquely a 6 servo polyhedral winged DLG, with separate flap and aileron surfaces.
The Yoda DLG
is the best DLG for top pilots: Best thermaling due its polyhedral wing; best penetration due to professionally designed airfoils, best speed range with an extra wide flap, and highest launch due low drag optimization.
is also the best for regular pilots. You will add 1 min to your flight time easily: Easy handling, like a F5J glider due to the polyhedral wing. Easy to thermal because the Yoda signals lift much more clearly than a straight dihedral wing model. Easy return to home because Yoda has a great glide angle and is very stable in cruise. Easy to land on the spot or catch because descent control is precise and it slows down better.
The following is a quote from Joe Wurts: "I have very high hopes for this design. In the air it is a wonderful thing to fly. Personal opinion is that this plane is a very large gain for the sport pilot as it is so easy to fly. The high end pilot, they know how to fly very well and can accept lower handling qualities so the objective performance gains are not as high. There are some small objective gains, the larger gains are due to the ease in flying more optimally. ... The improvement in flying qualities is not a trivial change. The recreational pilot will enjoy this change even more than the hard-core competitive pilot IMO."
The Yoda is superbly implemented by Vladimir's Models with perfect surface finish, an ultra strong and rigid structure, and attractive colour options. Four servos are mounted in the fuselage, with only the aileron servos mounted in the wing. The fin is removable to help with storage and transport, though only one piece wings are available currently. In the prototype planes the RC is powered by a 2S LiPo battery that has been opened up to make two cells one behind the other. Other configurations will also be possible.
We expect to get stock in April.
|Yoda 1.5m DLG Specifications|
||295 sq in
|Flying weight from
||4.1 oz/sq ft
|Centre of Gravity
||65-75 mm from wing leading edge
||Rudder, elevator, ailerons, flaps
|Yoda 1.5m DLG Typical Weights|
|Yoda Control Throws & Mixes - in degrees|
||10° each way
||6° up / 7° down
||17° up / 11.5° down
|Flaps (roll input)
||14° up / 9.5° down
|Recommended aileron and flap settings. Down=surface TE down.>
|Landing crow brake
||Ailerons 21° up, Flaps 45° down, 8° Elevator down