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Final Glide Confidence

Final Glide Confidence

In previous articles, I talk about using an MC=6 for your final glide settings. Here are other considerations to make sure that you make it home using your flight computer. At the 2018 WGC Mike and I flew our first flight together in the EB28 ASH25 with an electrical...
Practice Efficient Cruising

Practice Efficient Cruising

35:1 at 70knots A typical flight in the ASW-19 I would see 35:1 at 70knts (I fly on the strong days). However, the glider is really only able to achieve somewhere around 20:1 at that speed. Either this ASW-19 is really good or I was selecting a good path. So a fun...
XC Practicing by yourself

XC Practicing by yourself

What about practicing by yourself? Most of us end up flying by ourselves, many of my single seat flights are mid-week when it is slower with students. The problem becomes that you do not have any other pilots to base your flying against. There is no way of knowing if...

Optimize Water Ballast in 5 Questions

The topic is how much water ballast are we going to use? This is not an all or nothing type of tool. Some pilots will takeoff full everyday and dump down in timed increments (20 seconds for example). However if you have a stock water system the tail ballast will dump...
Water Ballast Practice

Water Ballast Practice

Inspections Currently, we are doing yearly condition inspection and inspecting the water system. The bags have not been used for a long time and the current owner has never used them. We decided to start out first by leak testing the bags, pulling them out of the wing...
Cross Country Aerotow

Cross Country Aerotow

Normally we all brag about how far we soared. Little brag about how far they have gone while still attached to the towplane. I am sure we do not have the record aerotow, but we have done Warner Springs CA to Red Deer Canada (1,315 miles, 12 hours on tow, one-way),...