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.

The 2014 Snowbird Contest

Ah, Thanksgiving!  Food, family, football….and flying?  While most of the soaring activity in the northern climates of the U.S. takes a winter hiatus, Harris Hill Soaring Corporation (HHSC) held its 72nd annual Snowbird contest on the Friday and Saturday (Nov. 28/29) after Thanksgiving.  (History of Snowbird is here) Snowbird is not like most contests.  First…

CloudStreet – Soaring the American West

New trailer online Mike Abernathy sent us good news from New Mexico reporting “The new CloudStreet: Soaring the American West Trailer is now available! This trailer features the beautiful CloudStreet: Soaring the American West score. The program is expected to air on PBS in the US in spring, and will be available globally on iTunes…

Lights out! Spot on! The flying musicians from Stoelln!

Note: The entire interview in German can be found HERE! The following interview has been roughly translated into English to preserve the meaning of the artists. A little thing, which first started off as a little joke on Stoelln airfield (Brandenburg/Germany) has finally evolved into a truly serious hype throughout the German-speaking soaring community. What I am talking about is not some…

No Adults allowed – Youngest German Pilots competing

It’s fall season, and like every year the youngest pilots and students have been practicing their accurate pattern work during several weekends to compete in the annual fall contest. Early in September they competed at regional contests, to find the best three glider pilots from each of the 16 States, who are then allowed to…

Ten DG-1001Club Trainers for Brazil

After delivering their famous DG-1001Club to four different countries, DG Flugzeugbau has now signed another contract with a fifth country. In the near future the Brazilian Air Force will be instructing their cadets on DG trainers like for example the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs already does successfully. Here is DG Flugzeugbau’s official…