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5 days ago

Gatineau Gliding Club - GGC
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Length of Visible Light 11 h 3 m
Length of Day 10 h 1 m
Tomorrow will be 2 minutes 48 seconds longer

Things are looking up!
Reminder: Annual General Meeting: Saturday March 02 @ 12:00 PM Orleans (Ottawa) Library
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1 week ago

Gatineau Gliding Club - GGC
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New (to us) Junior! In December the club bought a used SZD-51-1 and trailer from a Dutch club. The picture is pre-purchase - registration has to come off for de-registration there, and registration in Canada. As you can see, it is in great shape! Two members fought freezing rain on Feb 4th, and picked it up at a warehouse in Montreal. It's resting in the carpenter shed at Pendleton, waiting for spring for an import inspection, new registration letters, non-metric instruments, and some trailer import work. It's pretty well identical to our first Junior, which should allow early solo pilots and newly licenced time-builders to fly either of them interchangeably. More bums in seats! The trailer's an older Komet clamshell. The Juniors go about 6 miles/10 km per 1,000' of altitude lost. On any reasonable day, they can do Silver Distance (50km flight). ...

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Well, if we keep getting snow at this rate, Ottawa will get 350 cm (3.5 m) of snow this season; 209 cm so far. So, to keep us in the flying mindset, here's a link to a YouTube video from Bruno V, "B4", in Utah... He makes very nice movies of mountain flying. For newer soaring pilots, note his grip on the stick - very light (I remember my first instructor telling me "Don't hold it like you're choking a chicken". Such eloquence!). Though he's flying fast, or thermalling slowly, or in turbulence, always a light grip on the stick, so that he feels the air. If you land and your arm's tired, you should probably try a lighter grip. Here's that link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tl5w-moQ3aQ . Bruno flies an ASW-27, 15m wingspan, with flaps. The first one was built in 1995 - over 20 years ago! At 100 km//hr, it moves 48' horizontally while dropping 1'. So, from 5280' - easily achievable - it can fly 48 miles (no wind). GGC has an ASW-20, a lovely 15m glider with flaps, the highest performer of our 7 gliders (3 dual seat, 4 single seat), the predecessor of the glider in this video. There are two other ASW-20'S at the club, privately owned.Enjoy the various parts of a flight from take off to landing while gliding over the western United States in a high performance glider (sailplane). The airpo... ...

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