Sailplane & Gliding
June - July 2003
The June-July contains five pages of news and photos from AERO 2003 to bring you right up to date with what the sailplane manufacturers are doing.
This biennial aviation trade fair in Friedrichshafen, Germany, was the showcase for two years’ worth of developments from the major European glider factories: new sailplanes (such as the LS10 and LS11); added engines (ASW 28-18e) and new versions of old favourites (Ventus 2cx, DG-808s). Our photo shows the Zeppelin NT, offering sightseeing tours above Friedrichshafen’s impressive new exhibition complex, which is next to the airport and the Zeppelin factory. The Czech company HPH was one of those using a model remote-controlled airship inside the exhibition halls to promote its own stand at AERO…
This S&G also has a flight test of the ASW 28-18 – without engine – by Jochen Ewald over the Wasserkuppe. Back in Britain, Mike Cuming and Red Staley offer advice on your summer outlanding choices; Dan Pitman takes a theoretical look at the game of competitive gliding; and Ian Dunkley shares with us the accumulated wisdom of 45 years about check flights. On the safety front, Phil Phillips and Graham McAndrew offer tips on how to fly Open Class gliders.
Finally, Ian Craigie took his camera to Plain Soaring, the Australian ranch where three-times World Champion George Lee offers training courses to help junior pilots. While George explains the philosophy behind his courses, Ian’s super photos transport you there. Let’s hope we see fair-weather cu like those in Britain this summer!
Flying the ASW 28-18
Jochen Ewald tries out the new 18-metre offering from the Alexander Schleicher factory
Spot your crop for the drop
The second of two articles by Mike Cuming and John (Red) Staley on field selection looks at your options in June, July, August and September
Are you playing the game?
Competition tactics can be a maze to navigate. Dan Pitman explains how Game Theory can help you to think through the interdependencies
On show at AERO
Helen Evans went to AERO 2003 to investigate the latest on offer from the sailplane manufacturers
Opening doors for juniors
Ian Craigie is one of the lucky British juniors who has flown with George Lee in Australia. He explains the experience, and George explains the philosophy behind the opportunity
Inside the cockpit
In the third of his five-part series investigating human performance limitations for glider pilots, Ian Atherton looks at the ergonomics of cockpit design
Look out over the side!
Roger Emms, a former CFI at Nene Valley GC, explains why he still remembers his first glider flight … and launch
Wally Kahn tells of a pioneer whose remarkable achievement deserves recognition alongside other epics of aviation history
How to survive checks
Ian Dunkley draws on 45 years’ experience to offer tips for pupils and instructors alike, while Paul Harvey’s advice is definitely on the joky side
Flying big wings
A conversation between Phil Phillips and Graham McAndrew about safe flying in Open Class gliders
Our anonymous writer explains how he found out the hard way that the aim of a spot landing is not to deposit a pile of shattered fibreglass as close as you can to the airfield boundary
Also in this issue:
BGA and general news; your letters; BGA Communications News; BGA Development News; Gliding Gallery; club news; club focus (Norfolk GC); obituaries; BGA Badges; incident and accident summaries
Tailfeathers: seasonal greetings from Plat