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Failed Checklist

Failed Checklist

What’s wrong with the picture above?  It’s a battery connection.  A few weeks ago when the pilot who will remain nameless switched to Battery 2 mid-flight everything electrical failed…jet engine, radio, flight computer, transponder, and electric...

Last week we discussed a technique to find a missed thermal. You thought you would be the thermal master by not falling-out on your next tow. Beware, sometimes when you turn around to find the thermal, it’s really gone.  Why?  It’s time to learn about the...
How to Find a Lost Thermal

How to Find a Lost Thermal

Going back to find a thermal is always very difficult. It is generally in the opposite direction you want to fly and trying to find it sometimes takes a superhuman power of spatial orientation. A moving map is cheating, especially if it shows in green where you were...
How do you know when to pass up a thermal?

How do you know when to pass up a thermal?

Average cross-country speed increases significantly when you discard weaker, unnecessary climbs. Do you recognize key indicators telling you to stop and thermal? Keep in mind if you don’t stop and thermal a field landing is inevitable. It reminds me of a...