Flying In Gaggles | Finding Lift | Maximizing Climb Rate
One of the most rewarding parts of soaring is getting your glider to climb based on your skill and a little hot air. In this seminar, I cover how to safely and efficiently share a thermal with other gliders, how to find lift, how to maximize your climb rate using two different centering methods, and some common errors you will need to avoid.
There are quizzes at the end of each section, and a final test at the end of the course. A score of 80% or greater is required on the final test to pass the course.
Russell is the author of two well-respected and widely-used soaring flight training books in the United States - the Glider Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge and the Flight Training Manual for Glider Pilots.
Russell grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering.
He obtained his Private Pilot Certificate in gliders in 1995, in airplanes in 1996, his Commercial Certificate in Gliders in 1998, and his Certified Flight Instructor rating in gliders in 1999. He completed the FAI Silver Badge requirements in 1997, and the Gold and Diamond requirements in 1998. Russell has given over 2,800 hours of primary, cross-country, contest, and aerobatic flight instruction, and has over 4,000 hours total time in gliders.
Russell's passion for understanding and communicating soaring knowledge is evident in his teaching.
This is an excellent overview of what to do (and not to do) to find and center thermals. I always felt like I kept passing in and out of the core...and I figured out why :)
This is an excellent overview of what to do (and not to do) to find and center thermals. I always felt like I kept passing in and out of the core...and I figured out why :)Read Less