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Old 03-28-2013, 05:45 PM   #1
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Luca Bertossio extreme glider flying

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Old 03-28-2013, 06:21 PM   #2
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:26 PM   #3
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Why doesn't he puke??
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:37 PM   #4
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Interesting. Glider acrobatics are a 'total energy' game - My Dad looped ours regularly but I did not know how to do it safely, but even a classic wing-over takes a long time with 50' of wingspan out there.

I know a few guys who did this. It's not as easy as he makes it look, I'll tell ya that.

On the other hand, it's quieter, much.
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:21 PM   #5
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Aero-tow? Pussy.

When I flew with a British club in Germany, back in the 80's, we used a winch launch. Much more epic, especially when you get an unexpected cable break at 500' and 30 degrees up angle.

Aerobatics are fun. It's hard to puke if you're the PIC, and know what's coming. I used to eat a full English breakfast before going up, topped off with a coke, and have a full day flying with nary a quease. My first time up, demo flight day, was the worst sunburn of my life (blistered my nose for 3 weeks) 'cause I was too excited about what we were doing to even think about sunscreen on a sunny day at altitude.

God I miss that.
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:25 PM   #6
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Pretty cool, but begs the question of where does a young 22 year old get the kind of money and free time to practice this expensive persuit?

I too love the energy management game
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:26 PM   #7
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Aero-tow? Pussy.

When I flew with a British club in Germany, back in the 80's, we used a winch launch. .
Where did you fly? At the Wasserkuppe?
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Energy management....Hoover defined it

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Old 03-30-2013, 01:11 PM   #9
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Is that pressure breathing, he's doing?
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Is that pressure breathing, he's doing?
Looks like it to me
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Old 03-30-2013, 05:37 PM   #11
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The guy in the video is certianly doing some serious manuevers...looks like fun.

Over the years I have accumulated a few hundred hours of sailplane aerobatic time in the Pilatus B4, 2 Place Fox and L13 Blanik AC. Big fun to do but very costly because you really piss through the altitude quick and wind up taking lots of tows when practicing. For awhile I had a part time gig doing aerobatic rides for a small airport, good practice but none of the passengers could really tolerate much more than basic manuevers. The energy managment thing is really no big deal to get a feel for, gliders are slippery by design and hold energy pretty well.

Biggest fun was learning to thermal the Pilatus while inverted, the climb rate sucked but the "cool" factor was terrific. I still fly the Pilatus regularly, and once in a while I wring it out pretty good. Kinda got my fill of aerobatics, probably a good thing because the cost of tows has risen to a point where taking a half a dozen or more of them in an afternoon of practice is now out of my league.


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Old 03-30-2013, 05:52 PM   #12
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When I flew with a British club in Germany, back in the 80's, we used a winch launch.
Have you flown the SG-38?
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:31 PM   #13
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Aero-tow? Pussy.

When I flew with a British club in Germany, back in the 80's, we used a winch launch. Much more epic, especially when you get an unexpected cable break at 500' and 30 degrees up angle.

Aerobatics are fun. It's hard to puke if you're the PIC, and know what's coming. I used to eat a full English breakfast before going up, topped off with a coke, and have a full day flying with nary a quease. My first time up, demo flight day, was the worst sunburn of my life (blistered my nose for 3 weeks) 'cause I was too excited about what we were doing to even think about sunscreen on a sunny day at altitude.

God I miss that.
Hear, Hear. Been there done that. I had the opportunity to fly gliders at a RAF glider club in England. We got to both air tows and winch launched. On my solo flight with a winch launch that's about the height where the cable snapped. Was lucky enough to not have a stroke and do all the right things to come around and land without breaking anything.
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Old 03-31-2013, 09:19 AM   #14
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I've watched winch launches and auto-tow...the auto tow was fun - if they missed the shift from 2 to 3, the glider was in trouble - they used a thousand foot of tow rope and a mile of runway...

What looked to be fun was retrieving the glider after a missed shift - they would use a 200' rope and the glider would fly behind the tow car back to the upper end of the runway....at about 70....those 1-26's took a beating...

I did qualify as an aero-tow pilot, private. Dad and I used to own a Pik-20d model and a Varga Kachina 180 horse that was outfitted as a towplane. Matching paint jobs.
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