>>I think it was the first PRODUCTION electric SLG. See WIDOLA of that year.
There was an electric Silent 1 for sale in around 2007. The Antares was the first heavyweight production glider. From memory, the original Silent had a pylon mounted motor. So far as solar panels go at night… most flying in Australia starts in the middle of the day and finishes before sunset. That gives a while to charge batteries. Yes, you'd need a fair array to recharge between flights - I won't say overnight but many electric gliders come with the array built into the roof of the trailer. D _______________________________________________ Aus-soaring mailing list Ausfirstname.lastname@example.org http://lists.base64.com.au/listinfo/aus-soaring