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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...
Time to work on your New Year’s resolutions

Time to work on your New Year’s resolutions

Excited to fly your new toy, winter will be coming soon and you are desperately trying to get some flights in before the snow shuts everything down…Snow, clearly not talking about Southern California. You have a few things you should be tinkering on, but it is...
Practice Good Soaring Habits

Practice Good Soaring Habits

In a stressful or out of the ordinary situation you are going to do what you have been practicing and will probably use muscle memory. I will highlight a few of my pet peeves.Get out of the glider in the order you bailout. Have you watched some pilots practice each...
Tow Release Inspection

Tow Release Inspection

Sounds like something your Mom told you growing up. Unfortunately, some have forgotten that lesson. I had a student pilot arrived from another soaring site and told me he just wanted to work on thermalling and did not need any help or supervision with the pre-flight...
Choosing the Right Tire

Choosing the Right Tire

Not all tires are equal. We all know from buying car tires that qualities varies depending on brand. But another consideration in aviation is size varies based on brand. In February I talked about having my Pit crew and doing a quick change on a flat tire. But we...
When to Replace Your Trailer Tires

When to Replace Your Trailer Tires

Rolling down the I-8 in our Blue, White and Rust colored van towing a Discus back from the Standard Class Nationals in Hobbs NM, we heard a loud bang as the back window exploded. We thought we were shot, it was Arizona, so we didn’t rule it out. In the rear view...