Author Archive for Michael Reid

I have been flying gliders since April 2007 accumulating almost 200 hours total time. I'm the proud owner of a Libelle 201b that has carried me on multiple flights over 500km and above 20,000'. I recently received my diamond badge and currently hold 2 California State soaring records for sports class.

Flying the ASH-25 with Kempton Izuno

Getting the chance to fly dual cross country with an experienced pilot in a real XC machine like an ASH-25 is a rare opportunity, so when I got the call from Kempton Izunoasking if I was available to attempt a XC mission from William Soaring Center to Crater Lake, OR, the only answer possible was,…

Libelle 201B – Return to Flight

During the annual inspection of my Standard Libelle 201B S/N 181, a crack was discovered in the main spar spigot.  This happened in March of this year.  The following 5 months were filled with repairs and communication challenges wi…

SSA 2012 Presentation—Brigliadori Distilled

Sailplane racing is an intricate and challenging blend of soaring skill, mental toughness, and strategic planning. Anyone seriously interested in improving their competitive performance needs to sharpen all aspects of their soaring skill set. The book, “Competing in Gliders” by Leo and Ricky Brigliadori, provides a valuable resource to help pilots of all levels perform better.

Competitive Soaring: Brigliadori Distilled

As presented at the SSA Convention in Reno, NV I have attached my presentation below.  It is a distillation of Leo and Ricky Brigliadori’s book Competing in Gliders.  Additionally I am working on a version that includes the audio of my talk.  Please feel free to email me with your questions and comments so that we can all continue to learn how to fly faster.

Keep flying, especially with the stick full forward.
Michael “BK”

(To view the presentation, click the Play button in the window below, select MORE, then FULL SCREEN in the lower right corner)

Competitive Soaring: Brigliadori Distilled

As presented at the SSA Convention in Reno, NV I have attached my presentation below.  It is a distillation of Leo and Ricky Brigliadori’s book Competing in Gliders.  Additionally I am working on a version that includes the audio of my talk.  Please feel free to email me with your questions and comments so that we can all continue to learn how to fly faster.

Keep flying, especially with the stick full forward.
Michael “BK”

(To view the presentation, click the Play button in the window below, select MORE, then FULL SCREEN in the lower right corner)

Racing the Libelle

I recently gave a presentation at the 2011 Experimental Sailplane Homebuilders Workshop in Tehachapi, CA on the modifications I have made to my Libelle 201b and some of my experiences racing it in regional and national contests. I would also like to w…

Breeze Fronts

This week we had some local fires that were started by dry lightning. Overall a bad thing but it did provide an opportunity to capture the daily afternoon phenomena of the breeze front (AKA Sea Breeze Front) pushing through the Tehachapi, CA valley on…

Calcuating Trigger Time

The last post covered the process of calculate trigger temperature and the mechanics of the atmosphere that are underway as the day heats up and thermals start. Today’s post will cover how to estimate what time the surface temperature will reach trigg…

Calcuating Trigger Time

The last post covered the process of calculate trigger temperature and the mechanics of the atmosphere that are underway as the day heats up and thermals start. Today’s post will cover how to estimate what time the surface temperature will reach trigg…