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Oh Please Just Stop Rolling…

Oh Please Just Stop Rolling…

The pilot from NM will remain nameless but the deer whistles he received at the pilots meeting will remain priceless. It was a beautiful landing, however as the antelope was sighted running across the roll-out path of the glider it was evident that the weak drum brake...
When Will Your Rope Fail?

When Will Your Rope Fail?

In the USA we have a tradition to use a weaker rope to meet FAR 91.309. Polypropylene is probably the most common. However in Europe a heavier duty rope is more common. At the JWGC 2005 I borrowed a rope from the glider owner (each pilot was required to bring their...
Spares and Pit Crews

Spares and Pit Crews

Parowan Utah was the home of the Sports Class Nationals 2012 (same event as mentioned in last weeks newsletter). I managed to borrow a Ventus CA, it was a little rough around the edges but it went well enough to get team selection points. After staging we went out to...
Dangers of Old Mylar

Dangers of Old Mylar

On the last day of the 2012 US Sports Class Nationals in Parowan Utah, as I descended under the start height with the spoilers the right top surface mylar lifted. It made a horrible buzz as it was lifting off of the wing. When I closed the spoilers it settled down. I...