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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...
Aimlessly Wandering

Aimlessly Wandering

Why are we cruising in this direction? Why not 10 degrees to the right or left? You should be heading in a precise direction, you should always be trying to increase your odds and find the next area of lift, even finding less sink is great. You should try each and...
Hero to Zero

Hero to Zero

No matter how many times we talk about this, it happens. Some of you might be following the FCC contest in Slovakia that finishes today. A club class pilot did it again. Won a day, then well, then he didn’t win the next day, actually he didn’t make it home...
Wrong start gate

Wrong start gate

How many different ways can we make this mistake?   At the 15 m Nationals in Tonopah NV, I was in one start group for multiple days. The organizers warned us that they would be changing groups daily, however, when my group changed, I didn’t notice. I...