Author Archive for Jim and Simine Short

Summer 2014 Issue of VSA’s “Bungee Cord”

The Summer 2014 issue of Bungee Cord is distributed to Vintage Sailplane Association (VSA) members and we thought the rest of the gliding and soaring community should know about this special 40-page issue, published in conjunction with the VSA’s 40th anniversary. Summer 2014 Bungee Cord: Table of Contents The editorial by Jim Short discusses “Fine…

Summer Issue of VSA’s “Bungee Cord”

The Summer 2013 Bungee Cord has been published and sent to Vintage Sailplane Association (VSA) members. If you have an interest in vintage or classic gliders, consider joining the VSA. The purpose of the Vintage Sailplane Association (VSA) is to promote the acquisition, restoration and flying of vintage sailplanes by its members, and to assist…

VSA Bungee Cord – April 2013 Edition

Thanks to Simine Short, Editor of the Vintage Soaring Association’s Bungee Cord, for sending us excerpts from the Spring, 2013 issue, including Rusty Lowry’s risk assessment checklist and article on operational risk assessment, and a photo of the nose of a Falke sailplane (1930s vintage) that Joe Steinhauser had built in 1932. Click on the…

SOARING100 Introduces 10,000 to the History and Sport(s) of Soaring

At 9:45 AM on October 24, 2011 a ceremony convened at the Wright Brothers National Memorial honoring the centennial of Orville Wright’s 9 minute 45 second world-record soaring duration flight that fulfilled the early requirements of a “C” badge and heralded the beginning of modern soaring. A few hours later the four-day celebration called SOARING100 was also history. More than 10,000 spectators, participants and members of the interested public had met at the Outer Banks of North Carolina to celebrate history and introduce the various forms of soaring to the many visitors.

SOARING100 Events: October 21-24

SOARING100, a four-day celebration that marks a century of recreational soaring, will open Friday, October 21st in Nags Head, North Carolina, near the site where Orville Wright made an almost 10 minute soaring flight 100 years ago. With this historic flight, Orville established a world duration record for gliders that stood for 10 years.

Soaring100 News

It is always amazing how little the general public seems to know about the sport of soaring, and it is especially amazing to see how some foreign postal agency finds subjects to print on their stamp issues.

Vintage Glider Nationals

he Third U.S. Vintage Nationals officially began in Lawrenceville, Illinois on Monday, June 13th and continues through Sunday, June 19th.
The first weekend at Lawrenceville (prior to the meet) included two absolutely beautiful summer days; several pilots arrived with their gliders and experienced moderate soaring conditions above this inviting agrarian part of southern Illinois.

A Century of Soaring

Almost a century ago, on October 24, 1911 to be exact, Orville Wright soared for nine minutes and 45 seconds, heralding the first extended soaring flight and a flight that was intentionally planned to be a soaring activity. On the weekend of October 21 – 24, 2011 this flight (a record that lasted almost 10…