Skies over Eagleville, Tenn. 2011

Well! the 2011 soaring season is getting into the fall season, and still some good soaring days  are yet ahead.  The summer has been very hot, but flying must go on. We are in our  second year of our newly formed club, and many new members have been added to the membership. Here are some recent photo's I took from my H301 Libelle as Scott Myers (NX)  (AS-W24) from Franklin Tenn. buzzing

along side of me  while on cross country flying.   Come check out the club   www.eaglevillesoaring.org

Ron Murphy    H301

 

Ron Murphy

Local Middle Tenn Photographer & Videographerenjoys fishing in the Elk, and Duck River, also photographing, and videoing events. But most of all love soaring in my 1966 H301libelle. on the Tenn ridges for ridge lift, or over farm land hunting for thermals. Thanks for stopping in. Ron Murphy

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  2 comments for “Skies over Eagleville, Tenn. 2011

  1. Chuck Overton
    December 10, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    I have a H301 but haven’t flown it much since buying it 4 years ago. Could
    you give me any advice on landings besides the obvious “fly more”? I’ve
    been flying the club’s 123 which is so easy relatively speaking. My wife
    has towed me, platform style, on my hang glider behind a truck now for about 15 years over 1000 flts. She doesn’t fly herself but obviously knows what I need. Got a 172 also but don’t want to hassle with medicals anymore.
    Thanks, Chuck

    • Linwood Stevenson
      March 24, 2012 at 6:14 pm

      Chuck,
      My first guess about problems flying with the Libelle is related to rudder usage, or lack of proper usage. My suggestion would be to go get some tail dragger dual in a relatively short coupled tail dragger powered aircraft. Learn about the rudder. Fly it in good crosswinds, learn the interactions between rudder and aileron and slips, and again, crosswinds in the taildragger. Lessons learned there will be an easy skill set to transfer to the Libelle, since it is also a taildragger. Nothing to fear, but these aircraft must be flown, and with the good skill sets developed there, skills can easily be transferred to other aircraft. Flying a C172 does nothing for good skill sets, and basically hides or covers mistakes, which a taildragger will not. Once comfortable with those skills, the Libelle, or any other higher performance taildragger glider will be a piece of cake. Just FLY it from the tow hookup to the wing drop after landing. If fear is holding you back, my suggestion is that fear can be overcome with the development of confidence of taking charge, knowing you have the skills necessary. These skills are learned, but only with the help of a good hard ass CFI in a taildragger. Without the training, you are only a passenger.
      Just my .02 cents
      Steve
      CFIG and CFI-I ASMEL, ATP
      ASW-20C PS

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