Video of Today’s Flight In My Sailplane: 2 1/2 minute video of a flight today in my sailplane… assembled from short clips I shot from my iPhone in flight…. neat view of space mountain about 35 seconds into the video… apologies for the dorky audio… I had no idea how much I talk to myself when flying, lol.
Well, it was painful but I sold my G-102 to a fellow pilot in Clermont, and upgraded to a new DG-300 Elan. I’ve made some upgrades (all new Cambridge Avionics), and have a few more in mind (gear warning indicator, winglets, and maybe more depending on the budget. I’ve got my eye on setting some altitude, distance, and speed records for Florida this spring.
Just like my Grob, I could not find a DG-300 polar for WinPilot, so i made my own. Feel free to download the polar here: DG-300.plr. This is not an official polar, use at your own risk (i.e. don’t blame me if you fly into a mountain or land out in a swamp.)
Twice the fun! I traded up from a single surface Falcon 2 170 and now am flying a dual surface Sport 2 135. She’s a feisty little thing, but I’m getting used to her. You won’t catch me giving up flying my sailplane, though!
The happiest day of my life: After more than 10 years of waiting and longing, at long last I have my own plane. She’s a Grob 102 Standard Astir II, a standard class racing sailplane with goodies like retractable gear, water ballast, audio variometer, radio, etc. I flew her two hours on my maiden flight, andI hope to fly her in my first soaring competition over the Thanksgiving weekend