Articles

III. The future of Technology

GPS only the start. Here are some things I see on the horizon. 1. Weather information. In-cockpit satellite weather is now available. It can be extremely valuable in a contest. The visible satellite loop and radar loop in particular can help with the agonizing decision, do I go on in this turn area or go…

II. GPS

GPS is the most obvious change. GPS made navigation much easier. There was a lot of grumbling, “real pilots know how to look at a map.” To this day, there’s lots of grumbling that “pilots will just stare at their GPS all day,” ignoring how much head-down time map navigation and glide planning took, and…

AERO Friedrichshafen

The springtime AERO Convention, held in Friedricshafen, Germany, hosts a full range of aviation displays – from R/C models (with indoor flying zone), to sport aircraft, to avionics, to sailplanes, to acro planes, through to general and business aviation – each with dedicated exhibit areas and halls. The event was held on a biennial basis…

Latest Developments at the Cobra Trailer Factory

Alfred and Agnes Spindelberger of  Alfred Spindelberger Fahrzeugtechnik GmbH in Germany recently shared the latest developments regarding their Cobra brand of trailers. As an owner of several trailers over the years (both Cobra and other brands) the features and attention to detail were definitely worth a closer look. According to the pilot couple, the current…

Visit to the Wasserkuppe

I haven’t yet visited the U.S. Soaring Museum in Elmira, NY, but it would be hard to match the Wasserkuppe museum as a repository of gliding history. f you’re a soaring enthusiast and you find yourself in Germany, I heartily recommend a visit to the Wasserkuppe. You won’t be disappointed!