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Preparing for the upcoming soaring season

Preparing for the upcoming soaring season

How are you going to schedule your time? Are you out for the winter and start getting the glider ready the first weekend in April? Are you headed to the seniors in March then off to Perry, and stay in South Carolina for the 15meter Nationals, then…? Maybe you...
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...
Hybrid Soaring

Hybrid Soaring

Sustainer Engine: FES and Jet When you run the engine it is often thought of as your flight is over. A few flights ago Sean was flying his 304S JET Shark and decided rather than spending the next hour attempting to get high enough to try and make it home. He tossed in...
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...
CFI Rating

CFI Rating

Your CFI Certificate is Waiting for YouSo you want to have people try and kill you for your fun? I mean you want to share soaring with others and teach others how to fly by becoming a glider flight instructor? Well the SSA announced on October 31, 2018, there is a...
Relax…for your own safety

Relax…for your own safety

We have a new instructor at Sky Sailing and since one of our requirements is to have all of our pre-solo students do spins, I figured it would be good to brush up and review the spin lesson that we like to see. Somewhere in our conversation we started talking about...
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...