Author Archive for Bruno Vassel

Bruno Vassel IV started flying at the age of 2. After a few stitches he found he needed more lift than just jumping off the stairs. He flew in his first sailplane at the age of 20 and had his license two months later. Bruno currently flies an ASW27B based in Nephi, Utah after previously flying an ASW20 and a Phoebus. Bruno started taking videos of some of his flights a few years ago and has really enjoyed sharing his soaring experiences with others. His videos have been featured on the Weather Channel and have been watched online over 2 million times. Bruno's goal is to some day stop moving the stick so damn much and fly a perfectly cored thermal...he has a long ways to go. You can find his youtube soaring channel at

Glider 500km O&R State Record Attempt From Nephi [Video]

Cockpit footage flying a new Utah state gliding record (if approved) of 500km out and return for the 15 meter and Open class sailplane categories from Nephi, Utah. Cockpit footage flying a new Utah state gliding record (if approved) of 500km out and return for the 15 meter and Open class sailplane categories from Nephi,…

[HD Video] Gliders Playing Below Rim of Kolob Canyon, Utah

Gliding Kolob Canyon

This is the second of two videos I made shot over two days of soaring a few weeks ago. Launching from Hurricane, Utah a few high performance sailplanes explored the low altitude soaring potential of several southern Utah parks and landmarks. This video shows us enjoying the amazing red rock cliffs and deep gulleys of…

[HD Video] Gliders Racing 1000 ft Above Desert

It is hard to imagine that gliders could comfortably cruise less than 1,000 feet above the desert floor at ground speeds often over 140 miles per hour for over 20 miles with nowhere to land in sight! Note the completely unlandable terrain both above and below the ridge making for spectacular scenery but scary flying. This was a very fun day of flying! Thanks for watching, Bruno (B4).

[HD Video] Three Gliders Racing in the Wyoming Mountains

Gliders Racing the Wyoming Salt River Mountains

Sit back and enjoy 42 uncut minutes of fast low mountain racing in Wyoming’s Salt River Range taken during the 2011 Logan 15-Meter Nationals. This is not the regular YouTube soaring video with lots of short video cuts edited to music, but shows advanced mountain racing averaging well over 120 mph continuous ground speeds. Just tell your boss that you need to take a 42 minute break today…hope you enjoy!

SSA 2012 — Mountain and Ridge Soaring in Northern Utah

Northern Utah provides a unique opportunity in the USA to truly fly “in” the mountains. Logan has often been compared to Rieti, Italy, Saint-Auban, France and Omarama, New Zealand for the true mountain and ridge flying experiences. The skills and techniques required as well as the potential for long cross-country flights will be explored.

HD Video from B4 – “Gliding is so Freakin’ Fun”

Hi everyone – I’m Bruno Vassel IV (B4) flying out of Utah, (western USA) and have really enjoyed making soaring videos since 2007.  Inspired by Juan Mandelbaum’s amazing film A Fine Week of Soaring,  I started taking a video camera with me while flying first a 1967 Phoebus, then ASW-20B and now an ASW-27B as…