Author Archive for Bill Elliott

Bill is a Soaring Cafe Co-Founder and the Publishing Editor. He is a two-time U.S. 18m national champion with extensive racing and cross-country soaring experience. He represented the U.S. in the 18 meter class at the 2010 and 2012 FAI World Gliding Championships Bill earned his airplane rating in 1981, but was looking for new challenges by 1989 when the lure of motorless flight induced him to join the Huntsville Soaring Club. After soloing in a Blanik L – 13, Bill began soaring cross country in the club 1-26, then bought a Duster followed by an HP-18 a few years later. It was with that HP-18 that he won the Region 5 South Sports Class Championship in 1995, his first championship.

Cherokee II Homebuilt First Flight

Another “test flight” in Tullahoma, Tennessee on the same field the Concordia first flew, but perhaps a little different.   The Cherokee II was a very popular plans-built glider, circa 1950s. The particular ship was passed around for many years, until Gary Flandro got his hands on it. The original logs were lost but the…

Visit to Boulder Colorado

Last weekend I went to Boulder to meet Elke and her family, fly a little, and visit with my sister who lives nearby in Ft. Collins.  The trip was wonderful with many unexpected pleasures. When I arrived on Thursday I went straight to Elke’s home to have dinner.  They live in southwest Denver so the…

Twenty Centuries of Professional Aviation Experience at Dutch National Soaring Center Terlet

On May 6, sixty retired airline pilots attended the yearly “VGV gliding day” at Terlet. Several of them started their aviation career at Terlet many many years ago as a teenager attending the Dutch government sponsored “scholierencursus” gliding course. Gliding instructor Hans Groeneveld, age 80 now and still active as a gliding instructor, trained many…

Another Big Flight on the Ridge for Linwood Stevenson

Thank you for your kind words regarding my flight yesterday. I’m still trying to recover and it just isn’t as easy as it once was. Kind of crashed after the adrenalin wore off (grin). The route of flight declared was Lutrell – Scheer South – Tazewell Gap North – Sweet Springs Hotel – Lutrell, for…

Interview with Dick Butler about the Concordia

Markus Völter with the Omega Tau website recorded a conversation with Dick Butler, pilot and head of design and construction for Concordia, currently the world’s most advanced sailplane. In the audio episode they discuss the team behind Concordia, the design challenges, the unique aspects of construction as well as Dick’s preliminary experience flying the airplane.…

AERO Starts Today

AERO exhibition at Friedrichshafen (Southern Germany) started today.  Helge Zembold will be there tomorrow for Soaring Café, finding out the latest trends and reporting live from the exhibition on our Facebook and Twitter sites with lots of pictures. We are very excited to have Helge join our team and look forward to his Facebook posts…

Schleicher Announces the ASG 32 (Update with Photos)

Alexander Schleicher has just announced their newest design.  From their website, Sailplane pilots worldwide have noticed, that there is a gap between the basic flight Trainer ASK 21 and the Open class two seaters in the Schleicher product range.  A new 20m two-seater will now close this gap. Introducing:   Next to our ASK 21 trainer and…

2000 Posts … and Climbing!

By any measure, 2012 has been a banner year for the Soaring Café. We are delighted at the response of the worldwide soaring community and the overwhelmingly positive reviews and comments that we’ve garnered from our Soaring Café audience. Today, Sunday, October 21st, our good friend and prolific blogger Ritz published the Café’s 2000th post! When we launched the Café on January 1, 2011, that was a goal that seemed too far in the distant future to even contemplate. It seems appropriate at this milestone to look back and review some of the events, posts, projects, and people that have made this venture successful.