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More on Netto

More on Netto

Netto vario sometimes called the airmass vario just shows you what the airmass is doing, regardless of your sink rate.  So if you are cruising at 100knts, descending at 5knts and the airmass is not moving then it will read 0knts. There are many pilots (now including...
Cruising in Netto

Cruising in Netto

The Nimbus pilot who will not be named is at it again… I almost feel bad because I charge him shop rates to fix his problems, then he gives me a wealth of material for the newsletter. I received a frantic call that I need to fix the vario in his glider, because...
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),...
Trying to Avoid Arrivals

Trying to Avoid Arrivals

Number 8,472 a student is trying to kill you. I have a phrase I repeat on landing, “Am I high? Am I low? Is my speed ok?” These are 3 separate questions all requiring 3 different things to be done to resolve them. If I am high I need to use more spoilers....
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...
Look out, Look out, Look out

Look out, Look out, Look out

This has been the phrase used repeatedly by the contest organizers. Despite that, on Day 8 we had someone not looking out. I am not here to speculate what happened. You can download the IGC files and make your own assessment of what happened. What I will say is that...
Being Prepared

Being Prepared

We finally made it to the last practice day at the World Gliding Championships. It has been a string of difficulties from car delays, to weight issues, missing paperwork, phone issues, missed connecting flights, etc. But we made it and took to the skies. Mike learned...
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...