[HD Video] Winch Launching Practice at Karl Striedieck’s Eagle Field

October 14th 2012.  Shot with an iPhone 5 and various portable and SLR cameras by Sean and Tiffany Fidler. Eagle Field is on the top of Bald Eagle Ridge at a private residence just west of State College, Pennsylvania. It is one of the most beautiful locations I have had the pleasure of visiting. Thanks Karl and friends!!!

  6 comments for “[HD Video] Winch Launching Practice at Karl Striedieck’s Eagle Field

  1. John Murphy
    October 28, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Great video.Glad to see that location for the first time. John Murphy (SRK)

  2. Operator
    November 6, 2012 at 2:11 am

    I liked this and I wanted to like it more, but I’ll stick my chin out and comment on flying by people undoubtedly better pilots than me (it’s my airline background making me do it). I can imagine an accident report which read “A major contributing factor to the landing accident was the decision to land downwind and to not have all the available field length free for landing”.

    Is this fair comment, or did I mis-interpret the video?

    • Bill Daniels
      November 9, 2012 at 10:52 pm

      Landing downwind from a winch launch is not recommended because of possible opposing traffic among other things. But, in this case, I didn’t see much wind in the trees and it’s Karl’s private strip which he knows extremely well and where other traffic is unlikely. I think Karl can land his DUO precisely where he wants to.

      FWIW, winch launch is MUCH safer than aero tow – and I know how to prove that.

    • diebywire
      November 10, 2012 at 5:45 pm

      Coming from the same background, I understand your concern, but… gliders have a much greater glide path window available to them than airliners, and approach with more speed to spare than an airliner (1.5 Vs IIRC – it’s been quite a few years for me.)

      Do you ever kick off the brakes and roll to the end when your gate is at the far end of the runway? That’s what he’s doing here… delaying the touchdown to minimize the tow back to the launch point. The speedbrakes are so effective he can put it on as soon as he decides to and the rolling runway allows. Have to admit, the rolling part looks like a bit of a challenge, though.

  3. Gerard the kiwi
    November 26, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Yes, it was me with the earlier comment about landing downwind. I endorse the comments about the beauty of the locality, while I have also been converted over the last couple of years to winching and enjoy the height I have over the end of the field compared with aero tow. regards from the start of the summer season down here,

  4. April 17, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Last weekend, we four from Sky Soaring glider club (Hampshire, Illinois), had the good fortune to attend Karl’s winch clinic. This video is a real work of art! It captures the beauty and the magic of the Eagle Ridge experience. Well done!

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