NZ8800 From New Zealand, joined May 2006, 425 posts, RR: 2 Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 1778 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!
MDZWTA ~ Mobile Disaster Zone When Travelling Abroad
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...
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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