This morning, after re-taping the wings on the Grob, we had five flights. Two "high" tows (~3000), two pattern tows, and a simulated rope break. I practiced:

  • Slips to landing (no spoilers)
  • Stalls with brakes open
  • Precision landing
  • Turns to a point
  • Steering turns to a point (tow pilot didn't get it though)
  • Boxing the wake

The slips are getting better but not quite there yet. Ground track control is harder than I thought it'd be in a full forward slip in the Grob 103.

More of this to come. It sounds like we'll do some spin training in the DG-100 at some point too. That'll be fun. Maybe I can sneak a loop in too. ;-)

In related news, I had to buy a new log book. The old one is now full. I have 275 flights and about 175 hours total. Not bad for about two years, I guess.

Posted by jzawodn at September 09, 2004 04:57 PM

Reader Comments
# brent said:

Sorry for my lack of glider knowledge, but after you are towed up to a certain altitude, then released, are you relying on winds and thermals to take you to a certain destination (hopefully a runway) or back to where you took off from? What happens if you can't make it back due to lack of wind? Who tows you...a Cesna prop or something bigger? Just curious. Thanks.

on September 10, 2004 07:30 AM
# Nate said:

I was in the US Army in Germany until March 2004 and flew a Grob 103 there. Mot of my flights, though were in a Bergfalke III (a great old-school aricraft made from wood and fabric.)

One of these days, I'm going to get back into flying. Nothing like it in the world.

I really enjoy the articles in Linux Magazine, Jeremy.

on September 12, 2004 01:11 PM
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