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Trying to Avoid Arrivals

Trying to Avoid Arrivals

Number 8,472 a student is trying to kill you. I have a phrase I repeat on landing, “Am I high? Am I low? Is my speed ok?” These are 3 separate questions all requiring 3 different things to be done to resolve them. If I am high I need to use more spoilers....
When to deviate

When to deviate

Effective deviation is covered a lot in cross country flying. Deviating too much and making little distance towards the goal, not deviating at all and not finding a good thermal, and partially deviating under the clouds but not going to the good side are common...
Look out, Look out, Look out

Look out, Look out, Look out

This has been the phrase used repeatedly by the contest organizers. Despite that, on Day 8 we had someone not looking out. I am not here to speculate what happened. You can download the IGC files and make your own assessment of what happened. What I will say is that...
Being Prepared

Being Prepared

We finally made it to the last practice day at the World Gliding Championships. It has been a string of difficulties from car delays, to weight issues, missing paperwork, phone issues, missed connecting flights, etc. But we made it and took to the skies. Mike learned...