17 February 2013

Packed turnout at the Glider Control Lecture

Many thanks to all of you who rounded off a great day's flying to come and learn more about the best techniques for controlling your glider. I am also indebted to all of those experienced pilots who turned up to contribute their wisdom to the debate.
The first day of spring?
Just a selection of the right ideas:
- think seriously about extra training, over water to develop your skills.
- check your harness adjustment.
- look carefully at how you hold the controls; could it affect your response in an extreme situation?
- airspeed is your friend.
- hold the rear risers when gliding, whilst keeping the brakes in your hands. This allows you feel the glider and have gentle pitch control. In rough air if control is becoming difficult, let go of the risers and control with the brakes.

I have become more and more interested about the intricacies of high level glider control and went to Flyeo to work with Fabien Blanco on developing my glider handling skills for the first time a few years ago. Its now its a regular part of my own development. I can say it has made a huge difference to my flying!

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