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Staying Relaxed

Staying Relaxed

Have you ever seen a 2-33 land two-point? The skid and main-wheel at the same time, even worse is skid first. I tell my CFI Applicants, instructing is enjoyable but always remember the student is always trying to kill you. Normally I say it as a joke emphasizing to...
More Ways NOT to Move Your Glider

More Ways NOT to Move Your Glider

Reader-submitted golf cart towing suggestions: Carry a Fire extinguisher to help prevent the photo from last week. Most golf carts are not designed for the abuse we give them running around an airport. The plastic pieces or tall grass might–or one reader...
The Ever Dangerous Golf Cart Tow

The Ever Dangerous Golf Cart Tow

It was brought to my attention that even more difficult than the aero-tow is towing the glider back with a golf cart. Following are my “golf cart tips for dummies” that might seem obvious, but are based on mistakes that have all been done before. Make sure...
“Just Get the Wings Level”

“Just Get the Wings Level”

When I am trying to teach aero-tow to students I spend most of the time telling them to ‘get the wings level’. Most of the time they over control and try too quickly to get aligned. This results in going back and forth behind the towplane. Most of the time...
Where to Cross the Start Line

Where to Cross the Start Line

It is easiest to think about starting on the upwind side of the line or cylinder. But unless it is really windy my biggest concern is getting the best energy line or strongest thermal. If you are starting a race and your first climb is good you are better off...
Going Faster With 2

Going Faster With 2

Team flying is an art and it takes a lot of practice to be good at it. I have attempted team flying at three World Gliding Championships and  one Junior World Gliding Championships. I remember one day at the Juniors I was able to share some information on the...
Rope Break

Rope Break

You want to be surprised when the rope doesn’t break. I use this same pessimistic attitude while slope soaring. Be surprised when things go your way. But this should be applied to the entire tow too. When you do your takeoff checklist you really want to be ready...
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...