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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-04-2019, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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Default Got current in glider today.

Ready for the season. Had three flights today so legal to take passengers again.
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Nice photos, Guzzi...

I never tried gliders..outside of a truck glider, that is!

..But it must be serene and peaceful, compared to other forms of flight, even balloons, since they have to fire the torch periodically.

How about some photos of your craft itself?

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What are you flying and where.
I have a glider rating. I fly mostly a Blanik L33 out of Gabreski Airport on Long Island (FOK) or a Little old Schweiser 1-26 out of Blairstown, NJ (1N7).

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Well I guess you don’t need to worry about engine failures in a glider.

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What are you flying and where.
I have a glider rating. I fly mostly a Blanik L33 out of Gabreski Airport on Long Island (FOK) or a Little old Schweiser 1-26 out of Blairstown, NJ (1N7).
I fly with the Wichita Soaring Assoc. We fly out of an old WWII navel air station south of Hutchinson, KS. We have a 2-22, 2-33, Grob, Slingsby T-31, Ka6C, Ka6E and a Libelle. Our primary tow plane is the very first Cessna 182.
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The national finals or what ever it's called is held just down the road from me. Jack Gomez was a pilot and the driving force in getting it held in this area. I like to watch them but have never had an interest in going up in one.
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Well I guess you don’t need to worry about engine failures in a glider.
Nope. You do, however, get really good at landing. No go arounds.

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Well I guess you don’t need to worry about engine failures in a glider.
Actually you do, the towplane's. Things can get exciting for all if the towplane engine quits soon after takeoff or the tow rope breaks.
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When I was going through basic training in Texas there was a glider pilot in my flight group he was from California down south and east of Bakersfield said out over the desert and mountains you could fly for hours by using all the up drafts that they had in that area he was in love with gliders.

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When I was going through basic training in Texas there was a glider pilot in my flight group he was from California down south and east of Bakersfield said out over the desert and mountains you could fly for hours by using all the up drafts that they had in that area he was in love with gliders.

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True. Out west is where the big sky offers some real thrills. For years the altitude record for saiplanes was held by Paul Bikle out in Lancaster, CA.
Recently, last September, the altitude record for saiplanes was set in a flight over the Andes at 76K+ feet. Not a routine glider and a tow to 44k ft. Still in all, not bad for having no engine.
The US distance record for sailplanes is over 1000 miles. It was set by Ton Knauff on the Bald Eagle Ridge in the East.
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