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Choosing Your Oxygen System

Choosing Your Oxygen System

This can be a daunting task at first, I admit. I just installed a system in a Duo for a student of mine. Yes a student pilot with a new Duo, I love my job. Start by figuring out what size bottles fits in the sailplane. The next consideration is consumption. If you are...
Sailplane Ground Handling Mishaps

Sailplane Ground Handling Mishaps

I fought the light and the light won… Fine, don’t sing it with me, just sit there and cringe, it’s understandable. With open class gliders it is common to see a wing wheel on each wing. This really helps when you have to make a turn with strong wind...
Prevent Your Trailer From Swaying

Prevent Your Trailer From Swaying

Cruising at 55 the trailer was fine, at 57 mph it was a whole different story. My mom was behind us as the trailer started touching the yellow and white line at very close intervals. She called on our hand held radios that the trailer was swaying. “Yeah no...
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...
How Hypoxic do You Fly?

How Hypoxic do You Fly?

At the 2002 15 meter Nationals in Tonopah Nevada, Dr. Philippe was using his new pulse oximeter to test pilots’ oxygen saturation while on the grid prior to takeoff. I remember his comments that many were so low he would not have let them out of his office. We...
Time to Retire Your Parachute?

Time to Retire Your Parachute?

1.4 PARACHUTE SERVICE LIFE Independent testing of aged nylon materials has proven that its strength degrades over time, therefore, Para-Phernalia, Inc. and Free Flight Enterprises have established a 20-year service life from the date of component manufacture for the...
Towing Your Cobra Trailer

Towing Your Cobra Trailer

Cruising through the middle of the night I heard an odd clanking noise. After a few miles I pulled over to notice the round tongue had broke with less than an inch of metal remained. Turns out that the round tongue was not strong enough when being towed by a RV. The...

Glider pilots will spend $7,000 on a new flight computer without thinking about it. But do not want to spend $450 to replace their sun decayed belts. The ones that will be the last line of defense keeping you alive in an accident. Most manufactures have a 12 year...
Find the Towplane

Find the Towplane

Flying into the sun near the end of the day you quickly determine the quality of your canopy. A well polished canopy could make the difference seeing another glider or bird circling. It might be the difference seeing the other traffic and avoiding a mid-air. Someone...