Since my last post here, I've been patiently waiting for HobbyKing to get more Turingy 9x radio systems in stock. Alas, they sold out of Mode 2 before I could get an order together with a friend at work, so I went for a mode 1 when he placed his order and laid plans to break out the tools and change things over.
However, after a short wait, the assorted kit we ordered arrived and I have now started flight training in a borrowed 4ch trainer like this one.
The weather over the last few days has been pretty much perfect for soaring and the training is going well; I've gone from piling the plain into the ground on launch, to actually being able to hold position reasonably well, turn downwind and back into the wind and use ailerons to correct from gusts. I even landed for the first time today (landed rather than crashed that is!)
Here's a pic of both planes prior to the flights. Mine is the one with black tape all over the nose.
However, all that is secondary... My APM has been waiting for its chance, and with the shipment from HobbyKing we finally got hold of an airframe that has space to spare for the second LiPo and the APM board. The last few components should be available from toolboxes or the local model shop (servo extension cables to connect to the APM) and we should be good to go. The only thing we need from that point forward is a Windows laptop for waypoint programming. Oh, and a camera system. And decent weather.