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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...
Deviation under Clouds

Deviation under Clouds

We have had a string of good weather and a few students were trying to get a cross-country flight in before I headed off to the Worlds. We also had clouds which is a rarity for us, it is much easier to play connect the dots when you can see them. The advantage is it...
Choosing your start gate wisely

Choosing your start gate wisely

Clearly the start gate that is closest to the line is the best one to use. The shortest distance makes sense. Problem solved, go there. If it was only that easy. It might be the shortest distance but it could come with a lot of disadvantages. Sometimes the best start...
How much Deviation?

How much Deviation?

We have all heard about the 30-degree rule. I also talked about Ingo Renner (Ingo Renner’s Discus was specially made without ailerons, he chooses to climb straight ahead.) being able to just drive his sailplanes straight on course. Then Dale Bush has his motto...
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...