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.

More WGC Coverage to Come…Watch this Space!

Watch this space for more coverage of the WGC 2012 closing ceremonies and prize-giving. We plan to post a slideshow and videos of the national teams, the winning pilots, the fly-bys, and more. Everything should be on the Café by tonight or tomorrow, so stay tuned!

[Video] Dick Butler Wins Day 12 in Concordia!

The U.S. Team was elated on 17 August when Dick Butler posted the fastest speed in the open class and won the day—for the second time in this contest. He was obviously delighted with his flight, as was his teammate, Ron Tabery (SS), who ended up a mere two points behind Dick and in second place for the day.

[Video] Day 11 15-18 Meter Grid

On Thursday, the 15 and 18 meter pilots, crews, and tow pilots were plagued with frequent dust clouds while waiting to launch. In the video, you can see the blowing dust and crews valiantly trying to keep wings and canopies clean before launch.

Ritz – Our WGC Blogger Extraordinaire!

Ritz has been doing an extraordinary job throughout WGC 2012, keeping us all updated on what’s happening at the WGC in Uvalde, almost minute-by-minute. Even better, she frequently adds her personal insights into the mix, based on decades of experience in soaring and her vast network of friends in the sport. Ritz has been heavily…

Bill and Carol Settled in at Uvalde

Carol and I are settling in our new home in Uvalde. The home is quite nice, spacious and quiet. But, no mobile cell service and no internet. I can fix the cell problem but not the internet. So, I will only be getting on in the mornings and again in the evenings. Rand will be…

Our Daily Digest Now Offers Choices

We have continued to investigate how we can improve our Daily Digest. We have moved the Daily Digest to the MailChimp email server. This change will not require current subscribers to do anything. We were able to import the current list into MailChimp automatically so tomorrow’s Daily Digest will be delivered by MailChimp. Let us know what you think.

We’re Ready to Report from Uvalde

Our readers will soon begin to see more and more posts related to the 2012 World Gliding Championships to be held in the in Uvalde, Texas from July 28th through August 19th.  The official site can be found here. The Café will have several reporters on the ground as well as incorporating RSS feeds from…

George Lee’s Website is Back Online…Plus Photos

Recently, the Café posted an article about George Lee’s upcoming autobiography, “Hold Fast to Your Dreams.” Unfortunately, his website went offline the following day. Fortunately, the problem has been solved and the site is now back online…and we have added sample photos from George’s website gallery.