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.

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Photos of Concordia on Tow

The Café thanks Antonio Gemma More for these two beautiful photos of Concordia on tow at William Northern Field in Tullahoma, Tennessee. Antonio is a mechanical engineer and professional photographer.

Concordia Post-Flight Interviews

After Dick’s second test flight in Concordia on May 25th, we interviewed him (still in the cockpit) and his wife and lifelong crew, Sarah. Tow pilot Ted Beckwith and Soaring Café Publishing Editor Bill Elliott also appear in the video. We apologize for the wind noise in the second clip. Unfortunately, we didn’t have our…

Concordia First Flight Video – and More Photos!

Here’s a video of Concordia’s first test flight on May 25, 2012. We’ve also included several photos that didn’t make it into our May 25th post. We apologize for the quality of the in-flight photos, which were extracted from a video taken from the tow plane. As anyone who’s tried air-to-air photography knows all too…

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Read About Some Upcoming Changes to Soaring Cafe

Our goal is to have the best online site for Soaring related articles on the web.  We have had a spectacular first 18 months with over 700 posts created and we work hard on the presentation of the site look and feel, the quality of the content, navigation on the site, daily emails to alert…

SSA 2012 Convention Photos by Maria Szemplinska

We are delighted to provide the following images from Maria Szemplinska.  She creates truly beautiful photographs with a unique perspective.  Let us know if you would like a copy and we can put you in touch with her.  We hope you enjoy them as much as we have.  — Bill and Rand Photos by Maria…