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Ever Been Soaring?  
User currently offlineAirbus3801 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1089 posts, RR: 5
Posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2318 times:

Have you ever been soaring in a glider by being towed up by a plane or a self launch? I did that yesterday and must say it is very exhilarting! What did you think of the experience?

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User currently offlineTupolevTu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2185 posts, RR: 28
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2301 times:

I got self launched in one of these...

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Got thrown upto 800ft, the flight only lasted 3 or so minutes, but the angle at which you are launched is amazing, if only it had lasted longer!

Tom Big grin



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User currently offlineYYZflyer From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 3643 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2298 times:

I have never been soaring but when I get my pilots licence in the future it will be very close to the top of my "things to do" list.  airplane 


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User currently offlineViv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 28
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2286 times:

Yes, many times.

I love it.

My longest soaring flight to date was 5.5 hours.

[Edited 2006-06-01 15:11:58]


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User currently offlineAirbus3801 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1089 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2258 times:

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 1):
I got self launched in one of these...

How did you self launch in that?


User currently offlineJspitfire From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 308 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2243 times:

I have been towed up many times, and it is a great experience. We usually went up to around 2500', and the flight lasted about 15 mins. I would love to go back and get my glider license sometime.


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User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6085 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 9 hours ago) and read 2229 times:

I was planning on working on my rating this year, but am having to wit on it due to finances. When I do get my rating, though, I have a few models in mind for pruchase.  Smile


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User currently offlineNZ8800 From New Zealand, joined May 2006, 425 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 5 hours ago) and read 2222 times:

It was exhilarating - all I could hear was the wind rushing past. We glided, we soared, released from the towplane over German Hill Airstrip and then out over Lake Mangamahoe and the gentle green hills and valleys round about, and a reasonable look at the mountain which was behaving itself for once and not hiding behind clouds like it usually does... it was great!


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User currently offlineWingscrubber From UK - England, joined Sep 2001, 852 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 months 5 hours ago) and read 2220 times:

Quoting Airbus3801 (Reply 4):
How did you self launch in that?

I would imagine he was winch-launched, the cable is attached underneath the glider and pulled at very high speed by a winch which pulls you into the air like a kite. You have to call out the commands to somebody or over a radio, normally goes something like...'Open, Closed' (Attaching the cable) 'Take up slack' (winch winds up slowly) 'All out!' The winch gives you a fudging hard yank into the air, 0-60 in about 3 seconds or something, once you're as high as you can go, you release the cable which parachute back down and look for a thermal! If you can't find one, spoilers out time to land...



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User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6085 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 months 2 hours ago) and read 2215 times:

Quoting Airbus3801 (Reply 4):
How did you self launch in that?

Unlike the above example, the prefix 'self' usually means 'performed by the object in question.' In this case, the Grob 103C Twin IIISL, pictured above, is a self-launching model with a retractable engine and propellor mounted on a pole that comes out of the fuselage, just aft of the rear occupant. It can carry a payload of 463 lbs., which is good for two 200 lbs people, and 12 gallons of fuel.



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User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6085 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (8 years 5 months 1 hour ago) and read 2214 times:

I found a good picture, courtesy of sailplanedirectory.com, and copyright its respective owner.




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