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Crazy mountain wave: flying a glider at redline and still going up!
Mar18

Crazy mountain wave: flying a glider at redline and still going up!

What do you do when you are flying a glider at redline, and a strong wave is pushing you into class A airspace?  Join Ben Hirashima me on a winter wave flight to find out and discover what flying sailplanes is really like. This is the story of a full glider flight, from take-off to landing, shown in time-lapse. It includes voice-over commentary, 3D visualizations, instrument overlays, statistical overlays, 360 video, and post-flight...

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Best of gliding 2023
Jan30

Best of gliding 2023

Glider pilot and influencer Flyingmutz highlights his 2023 gliding season by creating a montage of his best flying sequences. During the year the pilot became the Swiss Junior Champion, and completed successful flights in both the Alps and Southern Germany....

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Why gliding makes you a better airline pilot
Nov13

Why gliding makes you a better airline pilot

It is believed that many skills learnt flying a glider are transferable to a professional pilot flight training. Talking at the European Airline Transport Symposium (EATS) Sergio Gómez Brito, head of training at Spanish ATO Quality Fly discussed the merits of using gliders in commercial flight training. This video from Quality Fly illustrates a number of ways in how gliding can help under training commercial pilots in terms of manual...

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Can sailplanes be used for commercial flight training?
Nov13

Can sailplanes be used for commercial flight training?

The use of sailplanes in commercial pilot flight training programmes was one the presentations discussed at the 2023 European Airline Training Symposium (EATS) held in Portugal.  Sergio Gómez Brito, Head of Training at Spanish ATO Quality Fly, gave a presentation on the use of sailplanes in integrated ATPL training programmes, saying that it combines an enhanced competency-based training (CBT) methodology with sustainability. In an...

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Spectacular glider touchdown in the rain
Sep06

Spectacular glider touchdown in the rain

https://youtu.be/0tIGLZUFHIQ?si=XJGtKfZHhsyW-PX6 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...

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