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Efficient Deviation

Efficient Deviation

Remember our clouds from last week? The three clouds to the left and a larger one to the right. Rather than deciding early and head towards one on a long glide. Split the difference and head for the middle. As you get closer you might be able to make a more informed...
Choosing the Best XC Route

Choosing the Best XC Route

Last week you practiced on the ground looking at clouds and planning a route. There are a lot of decisions and limited flying hours. You may have noticed a few wisps which turned into the correct decision 10min later. The cloud street to the right looked better at the...
Cloud Reading Made Easy

Cloud Reading Made Easy

Clouds lie, sometimes they are honest, some days they will get you home and others they will put you in a field. The cloud was formed by some kind of rising air, however, this could have been a bubble so small you pass underneath it. The little wisp could be marking a...
Practice Good Soaring Habits

Practice Good Soaring Habits

In a stressful or out of the ordinary situation you are going to do what you have been practicing and will probably use muscle memory. I will highlight a few of my pet peeves.Get out of the glider in the order you bailout. Have you watched some pilots practice each...
Advanced Thermalling Part 2

Advanced Thermalling Part 2

In open class I use the motto “To thermal is to admit defeat”.There are some great books that explain in detail the many techniques used for centering. My general technique is based on the Huth Method where you tighten the bank angle in the surge of the...