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Recap of flight
They landed at sunset with 2185 OLC km. It came to 2007 OLC points. Will claim a US multiplace motorglider 300 km O and R speed record of 241 kph (about 150 mph). More ...
Posted: 3/30/2014 By: James Payne
Wave flight on 2014-03-29
Jim and Dennis will launch from Rosamond Skypark at sunrise to surf the Sierra wave. They can be tracked near real time on SSA tracker or Glideport.com. If you login on Glideport (upper right corner) you can "follow" JP. You will receive an email notification whenever he launches. I will post updates sporadically during the flight. We will try to post in-flight photos as connectivity permits. More ...
Posted: 3/28/2014 By: James Payne
Spring Go South
Here is the story of my flight from Wellington, KS to De Queen, AR on March 12th. The flight can be found on the OLC here: http://www.onlinecontest.org/olc-2.0/gliding/flightinfo.html?dsId=3486851 More ...
Posted: 3/17/2014 By: Tony Condon
Soaring over the Flint Hills
One of my favorite flights of 2013 was one that allowed me to explore some new territory, parts of Kansas which I have never seen from the cockpit of a glider. Many KSA members will recall that July 19th, 2013 was “The Day” of 2013. Several pilots flew at Sunflower on long flights and/or record or badge attempts. At that time the NG-1 was in its trailer at the Wichita Gliderport so I decided to fly from there. I was very grateful for the help of Leah and Gavin Smith who both helped me rig the glider on Thursday night in preparation for the flight the next day. I emailed my boss to let him know not to expect me at work on Friday, and Bill Ashby agreed to give me a tow. My task was going to be a 300km triangle, aiming for a KSA speed trophy and a Wooden Wings claim. Turnpoints would be Emporia and Fredonia More ...
Posted: 1/2/2014 By: Tony Condon
South African Nationals
Report on SA Nationals at Welkon SAMore ...
Posted: 11/25/2013 By: Ian McFall
The Sparrowhawk and I
My incredible Sparrowhawk adventure started in May when Chip Garner called me at work and asked if I’d be interested in flying a Sparrowhawk at the 13.5 Meter Super Regionals in August. Well, of course! I had given a little thought to the contest but up until that point had pretty much decided against going due to vacation time constraints. However this offer was just the motivation I needed to make it happen anyway. More ...
Posted: 10/11/2013 By: Tony Condon
CFI-G Soaring Society of America Instructor
I have finally completed my CFI-G w/ Russ Hustead at Sky King Soaring (excellent instruction and aircraft there), and became an SSA Instructor! It's been a long road with several diversions such as becoming a CFI for airplanes, getting endorsed for tailwheel + complex + high performance airplanes, and becoming a tow pilot. Both the journey and the destination are well worth it. I'm so glad I did it. More ...
Posted: 9/30/2013 By: Kevin Johnson
Diamond Distance Kowbell Win
Here is the story of my 2013 flight for the Kansas Kowbell Klassic. This was my 5th Kowbell attempt and first time to win the coveted Kowbell. This was also my first successful Diamond Distance flight after many attempts in the last 8 years of flying straight out distance flights. More ...
Posted: 7/10/2013 By: Tony Condon
Talihina, OK weekend
Here is the story of my weekend in Talihina, OK Feb. 16 & 17, 2013. Enjoy!
Posted: 2/22/2013 By: Tony Condon
Slip Slidin' away
More 'Slip' exploration this weeked. Feels strange in a slip. I'll get some decent video and post up ASAP. The yaw string really goes over a LOT!
Posted: 9/10/2012 By: James Wynhoff