Stratos V3 (Czech Republic) F3B/F3J/F3J-Super Light
F3B
F3J/SL
Air
foil
Wing Length 2,930mm 3,170mm
Wing type MH32 MH32
Wing Area 73.55dm2 73.0dm2
Wing Load
35.14g/dm2
Structure Carbon/Kevlar Carbon/Kevlar
Portability 3 pieces
Tail plane
Tail type V-Tail
other 1 piece
etc
Total Weight 2350g 2224g
Radio gear 6 servos, 7 Channel or morel
Fuselage Length
1,470mm 1,470mm
Stratos V3 The latest addition to the Thermal Techniks Range. The model comes in 3 versions. F3B, F3J & now also available F3J SL which simply stands for Super lite. The F3J SL is now very well known in F3J circles with Joe Wurst and Arend Borst making 1st & 2nd in the World Champ warm up 'the Corfu Cup' and also the fly-off in the Worlds 2000 along with numerous other pilots. The models are Fully molded using Carbon and Kevlar. The construction and quality of build is superior to anything I have seen or flown Ever! I will have a full report on the Stratos SL from Andrew Taylor our top Junior at the Worlds soon.
Designer
/Manufacturer
Mr. Jsenek Jesina, Czech Republic
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Price/Shop
Thermal Telniks(UK): is closed and its right to sell stratos will be moved to Jess Nicholson
SHREDAIR(USA):F3J-SL/ 895USD
cover
Cover
Radio Gear Room
airlon linkage
backward
V-tail feature
Radio Gear from front side
airlon linkage
whole feature
launching
whole feature
Mr.F3J Euro league Stefan Eder
History of Thermal Techniks (quoted from her Homepage)

In 1991, Steve Harvey was flying thermal soaring competitions with the FACCT club, consisting of Chris Tompkins, John Shaw and Neil Webb. At BARCS Interglide, Steve met Vojtech Valenta and his family, from the Czech Republic. At this time Steve was considering producing his own moulded competition gliders, but on seeing the DOGAN and THERMIK B models being flown by Vojtech, he decided that it would be better to import these models than manufacture his own. After a brief discussion in German, with Vojtech, a deal was struck between Steve, Neil Webb and VJV (Vojtech and Josef Valenta) to distribute their models and so THERMAL TECHNIKS was born. At this time the only other fully moulded glider available was the Ellipse F3B, but it was expensive and there was a long waiting list. The DOGAN was immediately popular and became a best selling model, not only because it was half the price of the Ellipse, but it flew very well and was very tough. It had the Quabeck HQ2,5/9 section which was not trendy at the time for F3B, so the DOGAN did not get to be seen in too many F3B competitions. As a slope sport model and a windy weather F3J model though, it was superb and over 200 happy THERMAL TECHNIKS customers who bought them In Britain and around the world, cannot be wrong. The Thermik B was the first all moulded F3J glider. It also flew well and was very under-rated except by those who flew them. It completely surprised quite a few 'top' pilots who tried to out -scratch one. Over the next few years, other models were introduced, the PARABOLA F5B 10 cell electric model and the TRIFFIK speed 400 racer. Both were the first all moulded models in their class and became the standard for others to follow. Steve named the TRIFFIK because it is just terrific to fly (corny but true). In 1993, Steve had specified to VJV, a model for use in F3J, which was to be the standard for that class for a long time. The model had to combine the handling of the DOGAN and the soaring of ability of the THERMIK B, 3,4 to 3,5 m wingspan and using the new SD7037 section. The THERMIK C was designed and produced to this specification.By now, THERMAL TECHNIKS was supplying models to customers all around the world. The THERMIK C had a long gestation period and did not see production until July 1995. By this time it was too late for Neil to fly one, as he tragically died, soon after winning the French F3J international event with his THERMIK B. Neil's death was a huge loss to the world of Thermal Soaring as he was one of the originators of BARCS and the percentage slot thermal soaring competition and had represented Britain in the F3B World Championships. Neil also made a great contribution to the beginnings of thermal soaring as an international class, with the introduction of F3J and also running the first F3J league events in Britain. He has been honoured by having the magnificent F3J World Championship Trophy named after him. Steve continued THERMAL TECHNIKS and the range was increased with the DOGAN replacement, the DRAGON, in 1996, along with the now famous THERMIK V which is one of the best all round thermal soarers to date. In 1997 the glider version of the PARABOLA was introduced and became an immediate hit with the local slope soarers. Although VJV models always performed excellently, have won a great many competitions and represent great value for money, there were now other suppliers and pretend suppliers with moulded gliders on the market. THERMAL TECHNIKS therefore had to expanded the range of models and did so with range of several new sport models. In 1999 some events happened that changed the course of THERMAL TECHNIKS. Firstly, After a discussion with Steve at the F3J World Championships in 1998, Rob Ashley came back to F3J after a long lay off and along with Mark Vandervelden, Tony Gibbons and Andre Borowski, the F3J Team Banana was formed, named so after their bright yellow jackets. The second thing was Rob agreed to be part sponsored and fly for THERMAL TECHNIKS exclusively, in exchange for producing the web site. Roger Knights won the British F3J league convincingly, flying a THERMIK V, thereby proving all the critics of the THERMIK very wrong. In 1999 Steve was also introduced to Jsenek Jesina who produces the STRATOS range of gliders and is now the exclusive distributor for those models in the U.K. THERMAL TECHNIKS now supply a number of the less expensive sport models to the trade. The final seminal event for THERMAL TECHNIKS In 1999 was Steve tried his hand at aerotowing for the first time with his second hand 1/4 scale Discus and could see a future in this most enjoyable pastime. Let us see how THERMAL TECHNIKS will develop in the new millennium.