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Spectacular glider touchdown in the rain


This landing was filmed on the final day of the first EGlide competition and is a nice chance to get a brief sightseeing tour of the historic Italian city of Pavullo nel Frignano, in the province of Modena.

The EGlide formula is reserved for electric aux-powered sailplanes. Each sailplane has an allowance for a defined energy quota to be used during the mission. Ultimately pilots can therefore avoid out-landings, or increase their average speed with the electric motor’s help.

Exceeding the daily energy quota is subject to a time penalty. Regatta Start procedure, and cumulative time scoring complete the simple general frame of the EGlide.

The pilot says the ‘finish cylinder’ was big enough to stay out of the rain shower, and finish the mission, adding, “with a lot of patience I managed to climb with thermals above the final glidepath, by using the front electric sustainer (FES) I was able to gain some more meters.”

Unfortunately it is not permitted to to use the FES in the rain and there are no out  landing fields north of Pavullo,  resulting in the spectacular landing.

Author: FTN Editor

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