May 27/28 (Memorial Day) Weekend

Looks like another good weekend on deck once Friday’s rain clears out.  We’ll plan to start at ~ 11am both days.  No flying planned for Monday, but weather looks iffy anyway!

Volunteers for Saturday, May 27 — start time 11am
Tow Pilot – Rob Montgomery
Instructor – Sue Tholen
Safety Officer (Wing Runner) – Russell Sullivan
Duty Officer – Tom Dundzila

Volunteers for Sunday, May 28 — start time 11am
Tow Pilot – Sue Tholen
Instructor – John Gary
Safety Officer (Wing Runner) – Bill Swartz
Duty Officer – Cindy Daigle

Tow Tips

Some thoughts on learning how to be towed for newer glider pilots.

First, think of it like flying formation.  If the tow plane banks, match their bank.  If it is level, keep your wings level.  If the tow plane is level but you’ve gotten off to the side, just yaw toward it.  Yaw, don’t bank, or you’ll likely overcorrect.  Bank mostly just to get the wings back to level.

Remember also to look for trends.  Trends are more important than location.  If the tow plane suddenly zooms upward perhaps due to an updraft, you do want to correct but remember that you’ll be experiencing the same updraft soon too.  So point the nose up HALFway toward where the tow plane is, then when you get to that same updraft you won’t have as much to correct back down.

The goal is to make rapid but small corrections.  If you ever start getting into ever larger oscillations, level your wings, take your hand off the stick for 3 seconds, take a deep breath, and try again – staying relaxed.

Another way to think of it is to ‘shoot the towplane’.  Point toward it at all times.  The instant it starts to drift from your sights apply a small but rapid correction.  Think more about pointing at it than trying to stay behind it.  Most of all, it just takes practice to anticipate and calibrate your brain and muscles so stick with it!

May 20/21 weekend


Looks like great weather… maybe even some lift?  The schedule below is still a bit tentative especially for start times, but this is the plan thus far…

Volunteers for Saturday, May 20 — start time noon
(note that there is a Young Eagles event this day also, 9-3!)
Tow Pilot – Bill Swartz
Instructor – John Gary
Safety Officer (Wing Runner) – Sue Tholen
Duty Officer – Cindy Daigle

Volunteers for Sunday, May 21 — start time 10am
Tow Pilot – Sue Tholen
Instructor – Bill Swartz
Safety Officer (Wing Runner) – Tom Dundzila
Duty Officer – Cindy Daigle