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Assigned Speed Task

Assigned Speed Task

Your practice Assigned Speed Task (AST) can vary depending on the day and your focus. You could have a few turnpoints around the airport that form laps. Maybe it is time to work on one of your badges, just make sure you go past the center of the turn, not just nicking...
Area Task and Final Glide

Area Task and Final Glide

TAT (Turn Area Task) Last week I mentioned doing a timed task on your short day, however, you do not have to limit them to short days. As this is a timed task, you can use any length you want. Practicing every flight is what is important. On July 21st, 2006 at the US...
Setting a Task for the Day

Setting a Task for the Day

Last Week we looked at the weather forecast. Now to determine the best task for the day. This will depend on the weather, your schedule, your mood. However like any athlete you cannot take the easiest practice. You still have to have a plan to improve yourself. You...
Sealing the Canopy

Sealing the Canopy

Improve performance and reduce noise It is an art. Back in the day before kids, I was into tuning my trusty new to me Discus 2AX. In the evenings and on rainy days I sealed it. I spent roughly 100 hours sealing the glider. How much did it help? “If you make the...
Hybrid Soaring

Hybrid Soaring

Sustainer Engine: FES and Jet When you run the engine it is often thought of as your flight is over. A few flights ago Sean was flying his 304S JET Shark and decided rather than spending the next hour attempting to get high enough to try and make it home. He tossed in...
Uncontrolled Airfield Radio Etiquette

Uncontrolled Airfield Radio Etiquette

Pilot communication at uncontrolled airfieldsMost soaring operations are conducted from small, uncontrolled airfields which require communication between pilots to safely maintain separation from each other in order to avoid a conflict or collision. This requires...
Motorglider Complexities

Motorglider Complexities

When do you shut down or restart your motor?Motor gliders are great.  You take all of the problems and complexity of an airplane then you take the problems and complexity of a glider and put them together… I have been flying a Stemme S10vt since 2000 and no...
CFI Rating

CFI Rating

Your CFI Certificate is Waiting for YouSo you want to have people try and kill you for your fun? I mean you want to share soaring with others and teach others how to fly by becoming a glider flight instructor? Well the SSA announced on October 31, 2018, there is a...