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    I do miss Gliding

    It has been a long time since I last flew a glider but I do still miss it.

    In this video I would have been beyond worried at about the 5 minute mark.

    I notice he is on oxygen at a later stage in the video.

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    Re: I do miss Gliding

    David - thanks for posting that.

    Early in the video, he seems to come really close to the ground several times. How does he get back up in the air? Thermals are one thing, but wow - he sure seems "lucky in lift"!

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    Re: I do miss Gliding

    Sorry if it starts in the middle.

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    Re: I do miss Gliding

    He is over a ridge so there is always the escape to the valley but I would have been looking for landing sites at several points in the video.

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    Re: I do miss Gliding

    Thank you David.... I too miss my soaring!
    That must be one heck of a long runway... it seemed like he was over it for an eternity. Most of my landings have been on grass strips but not all!.
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    Re: I do miss Gliding

    I did my share of field landings. Some kind of small fields.

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    Re: I do miss Gliding

    My favorite gliders to fly were the Grob and the Pilatus.
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    Re: I do miss Gliding

    If you read through the video's comments, seems like what we see is a compilation of several flights.

    (And that runway looks verrrrrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyy long to me too. I was taught to try to land "on the numbers" at the beginning of the runway- not to stop on the ones at the end!)
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    Re: I do miss Gliding

    Landing on the “numbers” works for powered planes but in a glider it’s impossible to taxi to your exit point so landing further down the runway works better in a glider.
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    Re: I do miss Gliding

    I had thought that it seemed to be a very long flight then read the comments and gathered it was a compilation of flights.

    The gliders these days have too much electronic/screen type instruments for me. We had an electric vario and a mechanical vario, altimeter, air speed indicator, a turn slip indicator
    and compass. The radio was 2 Chanel. We also had oxygen on the panel.

    We were trained to land at a designated spot and on bad soaring days they would hold spot landing competitions. It helped sharpen your skills for field landings in small British fields.

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    Re: I do miss Gliding

    Final glides were calculated using a map and a rotary slide rule. Seem to remember that electronic help was not permitted in competition at the time.

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    Re: I do miss Gliding

    Haven't shown this since my son passed 5 years ago. One of his flying posters, still hard to look at. Kids loved him at the shows, adults were amazed what he could do with his glider, he was a champion!


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    Re: I do miss Gliding

    Thanks for sharing that Paul.
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    Re: I do miss Gliding

    Thanks Elliot, I added his picture also.

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    Re: I do miss Gliding

    What a great legacy!
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    Re: I do miss Gliding

    Aerobatic glider pilots always amazed me. The sense of spatial awareness needed and mental planning to arrive at exactly the right height and position to finish the show.

    Was not my thing when I flew. Closest I got was full spin practice which was enough for me as my glider had a steep vicious spin once you had provoked it.

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    Re: I do miss Gliding

    The way to get into the air with a Green launch.

    Did several launches from this site.

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    Re: I do miss Gliding

    You were expected to salute/wave to the bungee crew as you passed.

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    Re: I do miss Gliding

    later post

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    Re: I do miss Gliding

    Flying over the ridge looked pretty close to tera firma
    It appeared at times that the altitude was <100 ft. Once in the flow of the ridge the gain in altitude was pretty quick. Never did a bungee launch seems like fun and has got to be less that a tow.
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