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Soaring... - Tina Marie's Ramblings
Red hair and black leather, my favorite colour scheme...
I scheduled a glider both days this weekend. It was a great soaring day. Yesterday, I got off tow at 3000ft, made it up to 4100, and stayed up for an hour until I got a radio call telling me the next person in line wanted the glider. Today, I got off at 2000, and made it up to 5200ft - then stayed up another hour.

1:03 yesterday and 1:17 today. Pretty good for a 4th and 5th solo.

I'm going to spend the afternoon trying to download the GPS data into something web-viewable. Not that I have any illusions that anyone would care to see me flying in a lot of circles....

Current Mood: tired tired

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acelightning From: acelightning Date: June 29th, 2003 07:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
ohhh... soaring...

i've had exactly two chances to go up in a glider, both of them many years ago. the second one, the pilot let me take the stick for a bit. really, it is about as close to pure flight - the way we feel it in our minds - as it's possible to get. (well, i haven't tried hang-gliding or ultralights, but you know what i mean.) you lucky gal, you ;-)

and, speaking of assorted unusual aircraft... next time you find yourself headed towards Dallas, check this out:
Cavanaugh Flight Museum
my brother took me there while i was in Dallas - he knows the guy through the Civil Air Patrol.

alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: July 1st, 2003 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)


It's good fun when you get up there...nice and cool, isn't it :-)

I did some towing in this on the weekend: http://alioth.net/tmp/auster.jpg

I have come to the conclusion that heel-brakes suck. Especially of the cable operated drum brake variety on a plane with a pure castoring tailwheel. Even more so when taxiing downwind and not having any help from the rudder. But other than that, the Auster is a nice flyer.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: July 2nd, 2003 07:38 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Cool

That's cute - looks like a Cub on a diet!
alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: July 2nd, 2003 10:11 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Cool

It's a little bit larger than the Cub (although the proportions are different - longer wings). It's between the size of a C140 and a C170. Side by side seating with a stick instead of a yoke, and bizarrely, the flap handle is above the pilot's left shoulder! The split flaps are surprisingly effective though, and the flap down stall speed is 29 mph. Doing approach stalls, it really does feel as if you're just hanging in the air. The stall is very benign, I had a lot of trouble getting it to 'break', I usually just ended up mushing with the stick all the way back.
They were originally fitted with an inverted inline 4 cylinder Gipsy Major (IIRC) engine of around 90hp, but this one has been re-engined with a Lycoming O-320 of 160hp, so its climb performance is quite a bit better than the original. Without a glider on the back, it has very good STOL performance - it easily gets airborne at about 30mph, although climb performance is much better if the speed's increased to about 60mph.
Other oddities - the airspeed indicator reads zero with the needle pointing at the bottom of the instrument (most ASIs have zero at the top). The altimeter's legend is alternate green and white numbers instead of the usual all white (0 white, 1 green, 2 white, 3 green etc.) - this kind of altimeter is common on older British aircraft.
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