Tag Archive for Glider

Concordia: An Interview with Chris Woodward

This winter, Chris Woodward has been a regular in Dick’s workshop, applying a lightweight plastic film called SolarTrim to Concordia’s control surfaces. Last weekend, we interviewed Chris and asked him to explain the process and the rationale for using SolarTrim rather than gel coat or paint.

[HD Video] First Flight of the Quintus M

Schempp-Hirth recently finished the brand new high performance, self launching, 23 meter wingspan glider, the QUINTUS M. The test flight was done by the president of the company,Tilo Holighaus on December 23, 2011. On this 6-1/2 minute video you can see it fly, including an interview with Tilo. The interview is in German with English subtitles.

South Africa, Namibia and Botswana!

www.soaring.eu More places in Africa welcome overseas guests to enjoy great soaring circumstances! From Potchefstroom in SA  another great flight last week from well known pilot Oscar Goudriaan.Here is the news I received and share with you. “Oscar declared a 1000 km FAI triangle: Potchefstroom-Dealsville-Pomfret-Potchefstroom, and came close, landing out nears Klerksdorp some 60 km…

A season in the sun – 12 contests in one year

A friend suggested to me that I should write up a summary of my 2011 soaring season, so  here it is: 12 contests total: Clermont, FL (Seniors):  placed 4th overall – best I’ve ever done there Perry, SC (R5N): Landed out on 1st day, wound up 12th out of 19 Chilhowee, TN (Sports Class Nationals):…

Solo Baptism!

A big event for the Vihlen Family this past Saturday, November 5th, as another Vihlen boy soloed a glider. 15 year old Preston Vihlen soloed on a beautiful day at Hawks Nest (4TN3), just east of Memphis. Preston’s instructor was Jim Slocum. After a warmup pattern tow, Jim hopped out of the vintage Schweizer 2-22…

Quintus M – New open class glider

Schempp-Hirth started its newest glider’s Quintus M serial production. Quintus is a 23 m. span single-seater open class sailplane which was first presented during the yearly expo at AERO in Friedrichshafen. It is a new product from Schempp-Hirth with cooperation with Lange Aviation.
Manufacturer expects that newly designed fuselage and airfoils will bring both comfort and […]

How to Pull a Camper and a Glider to a Contest

It all started with a simple principle; if you are going to do it, it has to be overboard. The evolution of my tow vehicles: My first tow vehicle was an Econo line van, blue, white, and rust. With a window air conditioner mounted in the passenger window for camping in Waynesville OH. The common…