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While we do normal winter things at the club - maintenance, close out the financial year, etc - at the CuNim club in Alberta, yesterday, a pilot flew a flight of 1005.5 km! Photo of the flight log attached... then I looked further; he's had some really amazing flights. On 22 November - 1052.4 km. On 11 December - 1024.5 km. On the 10th of December, 502.9 km... He is flying a new 20m span Arcus. Very nice glider. As the days start getting longer, who knows what he will do?
Final thought - on the 16th, there were 19 one thousand km flights, and 172 flights totaling over 80,000 km - mainly in the Southern Hemisphere. www.onlinecontest.org/olc-3.0/gliding/daily.html?sc=&st=olc&rt=olc&c=C0&sp=2019&df=2018-12-16
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According to a posting on a glider website, Virgin Galactic will be flying Unity this morning. Here is a link to FlightRadar24: www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/n202vg . Looked up TFR - starts 15Z/1000 EST (dawn out there) which makes sense.
Only 26 more sleeps until the once-a-year Ottawa area glider pilot groundschool starts! Details in posts below!
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There is a National Film Board short film, "Flight", from 1967, which features some nice older gliders, including Standard Austria (two still at GGC), an HP-11 and a Sisu flying in very nice scenery in the East and West. The soundtrack... well, very 60's experimental! Just under 8 minutes. A nice diversion for a couple of minutes. www.nfb.ca/film/flight/

Flight
Take flight with this short film about the sport of gliding, and enjoy a captivating journey into near space, where all the beauty of earth and heaven meet ...
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1 week ago

Gatineau Gliding Club - GGC

Nice wave forecast and lennies over Lake Placid NY this morning! HRRR forecast, Plattsburg winds aloft, and the GOES image confirming it. Also wave up the Ottawa Valley... It also looks good at Mt Washington. It would be a bit chilly... -40 at 24,000'! ...

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3 weeks ago

Gatineau Gliding Club - GGC

Do you know someone who looks up at every airplane flying by? Maybe they've mentioned that they would like to fly... someday. They have time on their hands through the winter evenings. You don't know what to get them for a present this year. Why not give the gift of learning? Our highly regarded ground school starts in early January and satisfies the Transport Canada ground education portion of the TC Glider Pilot Licence, and it is taught by TC-qualified instructors. It comes with a certificate for an introductory flight, valued at $140. Great value for 10 weeks of education! For families, GGC has a great clubhouse with stoves, fridges, bathrooms, showers, playground, internet, swimming pool, wildlife, social events, many nice club gliders for those suitably qualified... close to the city but quiet and relaxing. Why not take the first step to learn to fly? A great resolution for 2019! ...

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