1000 POINTS!  A day I will always remember!

Very few competition soaring pilots are fortunate enough to experience a day win at an FAI World Gliding Championship.  I am now honored to be one!  The 18-meter class was an extraordinarily competitive class full of past World Champions and many others who were fully capable of winning their first one here.  Amazingly, this flight also earned me the largest winning margin of the competition including three highly competitive classes (Open, 15m, and 18m).  It was the second task at my first (and only) FAI WGC.  I was the top performing US pilot by a significant margin (% of winners score) despite a very costly land-out on contest day five (costing me roughly 700 points).   I prepared for this event by attending the FAI Sailplane Grand Prix Australia just a few weeks before this flight (a perfect practice platform) and by flying every US contest I could for 3-4 years leading up to the event.  Thank you to Tiffany for endless support and crew work.  RESULTS

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i guess the nice thing about landing in tall corn is that the groundloop is over by the time the glider touches the ground...

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On Sunday I made some aerotows with my ASG29 to make tests for a future video project, which I´m very excited of. But it´s a challenging project and needs so... ... See MoreSee Less

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Bradley says this is a finish (bead up) and not a gear up. But why are the spoilers open? I think this was a gear up but with that grass is so smooth this one probably just shined up the bottom. ... See MoreSee Less

Bradley says this is a finish (bead up) and not a gear up.  But why are the spoilers open?  I think this was a  gear up but with that grass is so smooth this one probably just shined up the bottom.

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The best recovery I ever saw was at the WGC 1991 in Uwalde. The guy came fast, the belly already marked a white mark on the runway, when the pilot gave full positive flaps, got the belly up and wheel out in an eye beat. Amazing! 👏👏

I did my gear up on the 16 grit concrete of Salida, Colorado’s paved runway 09. That smell. There is nothing quite like the smell of fresh carbon fiber, hardened stainless steel (cg hook) and my complete embarrassment as Tiffany, my dad and a dozen others watched. Was fixed by end of next day by David Nelson 😉

Witnessed Paul Bikle land gear up once with the horn BLAZING As we walked up I asked: "did the gear fail?" not believing such a God of soaring could make such a mistake. He just looked at me and glared with the butt end of his cigar still in his mouth. I shrank out of sight.

Hmmmmm! We don’t want all that pesky landing gear drag and this is a photo op! Landing gear is bush league. Now, hold my beer 🍺! Let’s use the spoilers, then pop out the landing gear once past the cameras with a little POI for style points, at 6 feet. Wait. No road to dodge the cars? 😂

Awww ignore that horn. It’s just the vario.

It wasn’t a conventional finish but the wheel did make it down 😂

One of my instructors stated: There are two groups of pilots, those who did a belly landing already and those who will do it in future. 😋

Not a wheels up

better late than never... 🙈

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Uplifting socks?😂

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This is perhaps the COOLEST SOARING VIDEO that I have ever seen. I have witnessed this in a sailplane many times (vultures, eagles, herons, etc) but its almost impossible to film as I am mainly trying not to hit them (which takes both hands, both eyes, and great care). This is great to share because it shows how it feels to be part of "their gang." One of the most awe-inspiring and incredible experiences in flying and very few pilots (power pilots won't) will ever know this feeling.
#amazing #thermal #soaring #gliding #birds #flying #nature

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You are absolutely right. This is awesome. Last week it happend to me to fly with an eagle over the alps. Incredable experiece.

Great American Pelicans, saw 12 of them thermalling at 15,000 feet and they adjusted to match my thermalling direction

horizontal video > vertical. still cool though.

Good example of the danger of flutter.

https://youtu.be/BZwhRr-5zK4Seconds from Disaster ! BOEING 777-9X Electric Ducted Fan (EDF) RC AIRLINER: RAMY RC The first flight of Ramy's 777-9X nearly ended in disaster but thanks to...
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WOW, talk about the possibility of loosing an investment and fun toy.

About 15k of toy, conservatively

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