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.

GTA Race at Monroe, GA

Report for the GTA race at Monroe, GA August 23-24 A Class Cumulative Score Rank Points ID Name                  Glider 1      1999   FS Silva, Fernando ASW-27 2      1933   BZ Mittell, John      ASW-27 3      1759   H6 Ruf, Chris         303 Mosquito 4        965   FP Pin, Francois    ASW-27 5        915   DL Linnekin, Dennis ASW-27 B Class Cumulative Score 24-Aug-14 23-Aug-14 Rank Points…

Bill Batesole reports on the VGC Rally 2014 in Arnborg, Denmark

One sunny Wednesday-afternoon, right when the Northern German record summer of 2014 had started, Bill Batesole, his wife Annie and dog Roscoe randomly picked an airfield north of Hamburg to start their trip which ended after four sunny weeks in Arnborg, Denmark at the 42nd Vintage Glider Club Rally. Bill, who had just volunteered to…

Ventus-2cxa marries FES!

Luka Znidarsic, the Slovenian Schempp-Hirth representative and CEO of LZ Design has successfully added an engine to his Ventus 2: His company had been working on electric propulsion systems for several types of gliders. So far some LAK gliders have received a front electric sustainer, and they are already flying in different countries. FES is…

Passengers at the Airport

Soaring has always been a myth for a lot of people – for example most of them don’t know how winch works or the details of aerotow are unknown.The biggest mystery is that a glider can fly a few hours without engine and even without strong wind! Naturally it’s hard to make a sweeping statement…

2014 WGC in Leszno, Day 7

At pilot meeting today, MikeYoung of the UK seemed to speak for many when he asked, “Did you set the tasks last night?” Perhaps because the organizers did not want to face the wrath of those who believed that canceling Tuesday, 5 August, was a mistake, there was no captains’ meeting scheduled this morning. Several…

VGC Rallye – Vintage Gliders are gathering in Europe

On August 2nd the 42nd Vintage Glider Club (VGC) International Rally 2014 started in Arnborg, Denmark, right in the middle of the small northern European country. More than 170 pilots from 15 different countries will be flying vintage gliders over the countryside around Arnborg. The area is flat, so thermal flying will be the best…

CONCORDIA’s perfect landing in 35 kts. storm!

    Leszno with it’s huge airfield. Back from Leszno after 2 VERY interesting full days.Specially the landings on the short overshoot -runway -15 , last Sunday , were at the least spectacular as the decor for this landing was a dark, very dark sky to the NW of the airfield with flashes-of lightning “from…

2014 WGC: How to Avoid a Mid-Air Collision

Today’s pilot meeting included a safety talk about mid-air collisions from the competition Chief Steward Robert Danewid. From 1974 to 2013, there have been 58 mid-air collisions involving gliders. Gaggle flying seems to be the culprit for many of these collisions. Some possible solutions to reducing such collisions include: 1) Giving a bonus to pilots…

WGC 2014 Leszno Day 4 & 5

30 July, Day 4For the fourth day, all three classes will fly area tasks. Each class today will fly with 3 areas with a Minimum Time of 2 hours. Fear of late afternoon thunderstorms drives this decision, which makes for a short day of flying and a de-valued day, pointswise. Rain is predictedtomorrow, although the…