Author Archive for JP Stewart

JP is a junior contest pilot and the training officer of the Blue Ridge Soaring Society. He recently became SSA Virginia Governor and Record keeper and received the Kolstad scholarship at the SSA convention in 2014. He currently studies Aerospace Engineering at Virginia Tech and spends most of his time working on gliders and UAV's.

A Great Summary of a Flight with Karl Striedieck

While at the Seniors I was introduced to Hugo Vifian and told by one of his club members that he writes amazingly detailed flight reports. I recently was given a copy of one from his flight with Karl at Seminole and Hugo has allowed it to be shared here. For background, this day was cancelled…

R6N Day 2 and Summary

      Day 2 was another day full of doubtful beginnings but with enough time, things cooked up and the day became strong enough to support around 4000-4500ft and anywhere between 2-5 kts. The task for the day was a 1.5 hr TAT to Alma and Wabasis lake with fairly large cylinders. I started…

R6N Ionia Contest Day 1

Hello Cafe readers, One of the best benefits of me now taking the LS-8 instead of the ‘6 to Ohio (R6S) is that it gave me the ability to go to another contest! (Really Peter…Thanks!) Additionally, thanks to Sean/Tiffany Fidler who drove the glider (PF) from Ohio to Michigan and has loaned me his car…

Contest Day #1 at CCSC

There were some doubts that I would be able to make it to CCSC this year for the contest but with some help from all at Blue Ridge Soaring Society (My club) I have made it in Peter Pfortner’s LS-8 for my first contest (Thanks again Peter!) The CCSC saga started on Saturday, meeting Peter…

Blue Ridge Soaring Society at WeatherFest

A group of BRSS members made a strong showing on October 19th and 20th at WDBJ7’s Weather Fest, to educate the general public on soaring and our club. Initiated by Peter Pfortner and organized by JP Stewart, the event was held at WDBJ7’s news studios with over 2,500 school kids on the first day and…

CNN iReport

A great opportunity has presented itself to give soaring some positive exposure to a large audience. At the suggestion of a thread on Rec.Aviation.Soaring (https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!topic/rec.aviation.soaring/-Rmx_BLTPYQ) Andrew Kriz uploaded his photo taken this past year on the ridge of myself flying. http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-821190 Please take a moment to suggest this photo to be on CNN (there is a button…

CCSC XC Camp Day 2 – Now with flying!

Well after the morning lecture on gaggle flying we got a so-so briefing saying that there would some CU to the NW but the front would move drier air in as the day went along and the wind may break up some of the thermals. Following lunch we assembled and set up on the grid with…

CCSC XC Camp Day 1

Hello to all readers of soaring cafe! My name is JP Stewart and I am a 17 year old relatively new pilot (a little under 2 years) flying from New Castle, VA. I am very active with Condor flying, hosting the US Nightly Soaring series of races with Daniel Sazhin. After some thought a small…