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After 46 years, I can finally say that I am no longer a student glider pilot

In the fall of 1967, I was in eighth grade at St. Eugene in Detroit, Michigan and I was really excited over something a friend had told me.  His older brother had gone for a glider ride.  I just had to learn more about this glider flying.  Even more important, how could I convince my parents to take me?

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Posted: 1/7/2015 By: Don Grillo

XF Gets A Facelift

XF is getting a facelift.  Click on "more" to see the progress.

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Posted: 11/20/2014 By: Lane Bush

Flying the HP-24

Here is the flight report of my flight in the HP-24 Prototype, the "Tetra-15" built by Brad Hill. Enjoy!

Posted: 8/26/2014 By: Tony Condon

Gold Distance and Diamond Goal Achieved

It took two tries over two summers but it's done!  South Georgia is a challenging place to fly a 300K with only flat farmland for miles and miles.  No ridge or wave action here.  Last year I set out on a declared 300K to only fall 30 kilometers short.  

This year I adjusted my triangle a little to the North to avoid overflying miles of timberland late in the day.  I suppose planning tasks do teach you something!  On May 19th myself, Hugh Gardner and Daryl Hickman took tows from club member Bill Walker.  The plan was to fly at least some of the 300k together.  Daryl and Hugh are just learning the xcountry techniques.  As luck would have it we never joined up after the tows.  After a 12:15 tow I struggled around 2500 msl for almost an hour.  At 1:15 I heard Daryl reporting 4000' so I began the task even though I was only at 2500'.  Just like last year, the first leg was painfully slow at 35 mph.  After two hours I turned the first waypoint Ashburn, GA.  I then turned South for Quitman, GA.  The second leg saw improving conditions and I finally broke above the 4000' altitude band and began working 4000' - 5000'.  Turning Quitman I began to worry about the time as it was already 5 pm.  Luckily the conditions held strong.  However, I still managed to get low over Cairo but dug myself out.  I stayed with the Cairo thermal all the way to 6000' to assure a safe final glide.  Too late now to blow it on the final glide!  Daryl flew to Cairo and accompanied me back to Bainbridge.  If you have been doing the time math you now realize that Daryl got his Silver duration in the process.

Thanks to all the guys for helping me get this done.  What a hoot soaring is!

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Posted: 5/26/2014 By: Lane Bush

Re-Cap of 4-25-14 Wave Flight

Fabulous day, with a bit too much moisture. An hour after landing at Rosamond, we got a downpour of rain which is unheard of for late April in the Mojave Desert. That night Mammoth ski resort reported 21 inches of snow. However Kirkwood ski resort (SW of Minden) got 28 inches of snow the same night!  More ...

Posted: 4/28/2014 By: James Payne

Reason to Turn Around

Posted: 4/28/2014 By: James Payne

Near Lake Crowley

Photo #10912 | Over Lake Crowley

Posted: 4/25/2014 By: James Payne

Independence Looking North

Photo #10913 | Independence looking

Posted: 4/25/2014 By: James Payne

Clouds Filling in Near Mammoth

  1. via sat phone: Jim said foehn gap was starting to fill in. They turned for last time near Mammoth. Headed south for Rosamond now.

Posted: 4/25/2014 By: James Payne

1000 km but Wx softer

Jim just called on sat phone. Conditions are much softer around Rosamond. At 13,000 ft they turned around for last trip north. 

Posted: 4/25/2014 By: James Payne

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