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Being part of a wonderful young soaring group

My soaring group teaches me about team spirit and a wonderful sport. It’s great to know that I am part of a team – I’m mean all people who pursue this sport called soaring. These kind of free-time activities teach you how to work as a part of a team and learn to work with people who…

Nice Flight Soaring out of Estrella

Those of us who fly, and in particular, those of us who are fortunate enough to soar, often feel compelled to share our experiences and stories with others. This attitude is vitally important to the promotion of our sport. Camaraderie and a high level of esprit de corps allow these events to happen quite frequently.…

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,…

The Café Forums Are Here!

As promised, we have added Forums to The Soaring Café. We are proud to announce that the Forums are officially open! It is our hope that they will provide a venue to discuss topics of interest and engage in conversation as well as debate, but with a reasonable sense of decorum. We encourage everyone to…

Is it impossible to fly 3 hours?

Is it impossible to fly 3 hours?  The diaries of a beginner woman pilot – mistakes and memories. I started soaring in 2013 and had my first solo in June. Looking back to this period in my life I was so happy that I reached my goal: I can fly a glider. Wow. But what…

Dale Kramer, BMapper, and Windows 7

A month or so ago I was finally forced to abandoned my beloved Dell Precision M6300 laptop running Win XP for a newer ride.  I liked that old laptop so much I actually had two identical M6300 models so I could swap the hard drive from my primary to my backup (or vice versa) in case of…

History written during Dutch National Competition

The did it! The 701 km. task set at the Dutch National Championship was flown by 3 from the 10 participants in this class. Unfortunately “50 shades of grey” spoiled it for 7. What happened? The weather changed earlier than hoped for. After 3 in the afternoon various shades of grey covered the beautiful blue…

Mifflin, Day 2 – All the food groups

Today was a classic Mifflin non-ridge day.  A very unstable air mass with a significant cap kept us from getting T-storms, but we had just about everything else – wave, wave suppression, 8-10kt thermals, streets (some even aligned with the wind), blue holes, high overcast, spreadout, rain showers, snow showers, and just about anything else that…