|WOT NO ENGINE?|
Sooner or later, it had to happen. I would lose the engine.
However, fortunately - this time it won't be an emergency. Instead, it would
be intentional! On the 30th January 2000, I started to learn all about
gliders at the Soaring Club of Houston, in an ancient Schweizer 2-33.
Once again, I'll keep a flight journal of the events so I can remember what
went on a bit better, and so that others can hopefully share the experience!
|Session 1||My first formal introduction to gliding. Boy does this thing have a lot of adverse yaw!|
|Session 2||Box the wake, steep turns and lessons that gliders don't get flared quite as high up as power planes...|
|Session 3||Slack line recoveries, boxing the wake, incipient spin recoveries, and finding a huge area of sink (resulting in a downwind landing)|
|Session 4||An hour of flying without an engine...we found thermals, big time!|
|Session 5||Emergency review and some more thermal soaring.|
|Session 6||All Blaniked Out! Strong winds and spins.|
|Session 7||Second First Solo.|
|Session 8||Introduction to the Grob and 15G30 winds.|
|Session 9||Grob Checkout|
|Session 10||An attempt at thermalling the Grob almost works...|
|Session 11||An attempt at thermalling the Grob almost works...again!|
|Session 12||Finally! I get some soaring flight in, and find out why the penetration capabilities of the Grob are so useful.|
|Session 13||Eagles May Soar... (My longest soaring flight to date)|
|Session 14||...But Weasels Don't Get Sucked Into Jet Engines! (The strongest sink I've encountered)|