Your Café staff is grateful to Tilo Holighaus, owner of Schempp-Hirth Sailplanes, for granting us this interview. Schempp-Hirth's Quintus M, a new 23-meter open class design, has been doing extremely well at the 2012 World Gliding Championships in Uvalde, Texas. At the time of the interview, Quintus pilot Laurent Aboulin of France was leading the open class in cumulative standings, and Tassilo Bode of Germany was third.
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Rand is a Soaring Cafe Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief.Fascinated by soaring since early childhood, Rand learned to fly sailplanes while in graduate school (at Harvard’s Center for Astrophysics), and earned his private glider rating at Yankee Soaring in Plymouth, Massachusetts. He joined the M.I.T. Soaring Association in 1974, where he completed his Silver Badge and became a flight instructor. After moving to Huntsville in 1977, Rand flew and instructed on weekends at Eagleville Sailplanes south of Nashville, Tennessee. In 1985, he and a handful of other soaring enthusiasts organized the Huntsville Soaring Club at Moontown Airport. Rand chaired the 1996 SSA National Convention and has served as an SSA Director-at-Large, SSA Governor and State Record Keeper for Alabama. He has set two U.S. national soaring records and many AL and TN state records.