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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...