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Kickstarter - Wings Over Sweden [UK/SE]

Thanks to the world gliding community and friends of soaring, this project is funded.  (Mar 10, 2013 | post #1)


Glider pilot makes emergency landing near Watton [UK]

Absolutely. Some of the outlandings in the US wind up in the FAA's incident list. Cell phones have made it far too easy for people to immediately report the 'crash'. We generally advise the pilot to call emergency services to report that all is well. Thanks for commenting.  (Jun 5, 2012 | post #2)


Gliding may be the closest you can get to soaring like a ...

In the early 1990's in the UK, I took on a paraplegic partner in a sailplane we had modified for hand control of the rudder and an air brake locking handle. These adaptions, plus cell phone coverage allowed Steve to soar cross-country safely, even if he were to land out. Read the full article.  (Nov 2, 2011 | post #1)


Pilot hurt in glider crash at Deer Park

A slight clarification on the roll of the Soaring Society of America (SSA) regarding this contest is needed. The local organizers of this contest applied for and received a sanction for this contest from the SSA and that it conforms to racing rules. The sanction also gives the organizers a discount on the air meet insurance required of them. A sanctioned contest requires that all participants be members of the SSA, carry appropriate individual insurance, and fly conforming aircraft. SSA Medallions are presented to the top three finishers in each class. Participation in regional competitions may serve as qualification for higher level competitions. Pilots attend daily briefings before competing. Some aspect of soaring safety is usually discussed at these briefings. Aviation is a small world, and soaring is a very tight niche. We all are concerned when a pilot has an incident or accident and review what led to it and try to share lessons learned for the prevention of future such events.  (Jul 6, 2011 | post #1)


Shropshire's Skylaunch set to produce electric winch

A welcomed addition, but hardly the first. Among others, the ESW-2B electric winch has been around for some time. See the 2004 video. http://www.electri ic-winch/Electric- winch-133.html .com/watch?v=JPfVD R20R6Y  (Oct 26, 2010 | post #1)


2011 party to mark Wright's flight on Outer Banks

Soaring Society of America, National Soaring Museum, and Vintage Sailplane Association will be joining the First Flight Foundation and the park service in this celebration of the centenary of soaring flight. We hope local soaring organizations will follow suit, perhaps with group photos of club members, open houses for the public, and raising awareness of soaring with their local media.  (Oct 14, 2010 | post #1)


Glider crashes into soybean field

The headline is, of course, quite erroneous. Landing out is one of the eventualities of flying gliders cross-country, whether for badges or records or in competition as this story describes. Although glider pilots do their level best to match their planned flight routes with the predicted weather conditions. Ever been surprised by a missed weather forecast, surprise storm, or nice day when a poor forecast was made? We all have, including soaring pilots, despite detailed use of advanced forecasting tools. Certainly not a 'crash', really just a safe, and actually a normal end to a soaring flight. This type of eventuality is something the pilot had trained for. He picked a perfectly reasonable field for a perfectly normal landing. For more information about soaring visit , the Soaring Society of America web iste> or search for "Extreme gliding" on YouTube and take in some interesting features.  (Jun 18, 2010 | post #1)


Soaring Society has eyes on sky [RC soaring]

Lee might find it interesting to fly in a full sized sailplane with the Louisville Soaring Club which operates from the Bardstown airport. See for more details  (Apr 28, 2010 | post #1)


Let's Go Flying - Sailplanes - "What are the possibilities?"

The world's first recognized soaring record was Wilbur Wright's 9 minute 45 second flight on October 24th, 1911. That record stood for ten years before being doubled in Germany. From then it's been onward and upward. The late Dr. John Campbell thought it would be fitting if the US soaring community would recognize the centenary of this flight by submitting introductory youth glider flights here http://www.youthen .  (Mar 28, 2010 | post #1)


Hi-Tech, Satellite-Controlled Robot 'Gliders' to Scour Oc...

Although the fluid and the dynamics are different from those encountered in soaring flight, these 'gliders' show what modern materials and electronics are capable of exploring. It's not unlike sailplane pilots recording their exploits using GPS engines and logging devices. These flights are posted here one the online contest /yddkevq Action is mainly in the southern hemisphere now, but will return to the northern latitudes beginning in March. It's possible to replay the IGC flight logs using an evaluation copy of software like SeeYou from Naviter to study the flights in detail  (Jan 15, 2010 | post #1)


Soaring Society of America Convention 2010

The link leads to the schedule of events. The Soaring Society of America is delegated by our national aero club, the National Aeronautic Association, to represent soaring flight and related competitions and records for US pilots. As a voluntary, non-profit organization, it provides member services to individuals, chapter clubs, and business member organizations as well as fosters and promotes all aspects of soaring.  (Jan 15, 2010 | post #1)


Let's Go Flying Blog - FAI Grand Prix Sailplane Racing Sa...

I was only able to watch the final day live. The gliders are equipped with Iridium capable devices that could transmit speed, position, and rate of climb or descent. This allowed computer generated gliders to be superimposed over Google terrain images. 80,000 viewers were reported during the contest, 24% from Germany, 20% from Poland, and the bulk of the rest from the U.S., U.K., and Czechs. Great way to enjoy the competition from a long distance.  (Jan 14, 2010 | post #1)