Friday, September 22, 2017

Long range forecast

From today until March 22, it will be mostly dark.

Season's Greetings!

52165 feet

The Perlan team claimed the World Altitude Record earlier this month, and this is probably the first time that a non-rocket-powered glider has made the cover of Aviation Week and Space Technology.

Contest in progress

New Castle, Virginia is a special place for glider pilots.

Today is the second-to-last day of the annual competition known as "New Castle," and whose official title is "Region 4 South."

Evan Ludeman (T8), Dan MacMonagle (EA), and John Good (X) are all competing. This year, as usual, the partying at this contest is better than the weather - and the weather has been very good!

Yesterday John, Evan, and Dan were 2nd, 3rd, and 5th - not bad!

Mountain Flying, Explained, Again

Here is another video describing how airplane pilots can get in trouble flying near mountains.

It is amusing in at least two ways.  First, it actually contains some humor, which is unusual for a safety video.  But it also contains a fair amount of misinformation, which always brings a smile to my face.

We went through this with AOPA, whose Air Safety Foundation made three attempts to create a lesson on Mountain Flying for power pilots. The final version was OK, and they get credit for correcting their initial errors.

You can’t blame the guys in this video for trying to keep ignorant power pilots away from the turbulence and sink. But why can’t they ever make the distinction between turbulence and sink?  And why don’t they ever mention how smooth it can get?

And, of course, they never explain why some pilots are actually attracted to mountain waves.

Here’s a challenge.  Let’s collect a list of inaccuracies in the comments. I’ll go first.

Thanks to Andy G for finding the video.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Another visitor to Newmont Farm

Yesterday, Eric made his first off field landing in the northern hemisphere.  He chose the Newmont Farm in Fairlee, the fourth club member to do so since 2013.  We should put a windsock in that field.

Dennis and Don made quick work of retrieving him, and Eric was back on the field in time to tell his story to the gathered crowd.