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Glider landing with a high "pucker factor".

post #1 of 13
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Not exactly humor. But nobody was hurt and he probably needed to change his shorts afterwards. He was lucky that it wasn't a conventional glider. It would have snapped in two. Video
post #2 of 13
Whoa, he was coming in way hot and I didn't see any spoilers/flaps deployed. That was close to a lawn dart situation
post #3 of 13
HIGH PUCKER FACTOR Wow! It begs the question, what the heck was he doing flying in that weather in the first place. There is such a thing as weather reports.
post #4 of 13
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That was at a recent contest with some of the best pilots in the country. A few of them was returning from the task. They had been calling ahead on the radio for the conditions as it was starting to look ugly over by the airport. It was light rain, but with a VFR ceiling and visibility The rain clouds opened up just as they were approaching. Timing is everything!
post #5 of 13
Understood. There ain't no go around with a Glider. Your first approach better be good and on the mark.
post #6 of 13
Hangar flying time, OK, I like hangar flying!

Now, I don't know where this happened so the terrain is questionable for sure but since it was known that conditions were looking ugly at the airport, why race back to a landing where the shizz is hitting the fan?

The concept is not new, it's called "landing out" and it happens all of the time. It's a sailplane (glider ), and the wings come off and there is a chase crew and trailer.

IMHO, without a lot of details, he/she took a hell of a chance racing into known bad conditions, probably just to make it back to the field (get-home-itis), when there was possibly/probably a wheat or cornfield that would have been suitable.

What happens at the edge of each storm like that .... yep ... massive downdrafts (sink) and a change in the tail wind component and that was probably what he was reacting to by coming in at the edge of the yellow arc and pointing it at the ground.

Not tossing stones here, I did my solo in a 2-33 with a major boomer heading towards me across the Pennsylvania corn fields. Some dance close to the edge and live to tell about it and that's the difference between plain stupid and incredibly stupid.
post #7 of 13
There are old pilots and bold pilots. But there are no old bold pilots.



Soloed a plane before I drove a car. (Cessna 150) Have a bit of sailplane time too. (Harris hill above the Schweitzer plant in Elmira.) My flying time is many many years ago. But you still remember all the safety stuff they drill into you. I think it makes me a better driver.
post #8 of 13
Or:

"There are those who have landed with the gear up ... and ... those who are about to!"

post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by Ski_the_Steep View Post
Not exactly humor. But nobody was hurt and he probably needed to change his shorts afterwards. He was lucky that it wasn't a conventional glider. It would have snapped in two. Video
That's clearly a pretty exceptional pilot. Wow.
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by Yuki View Post
Or:

"There are those who have landed with the gear up ... and ... those who are about to!"


And that brings us to another video. The gear-up warning only works if you listen to it. Nobody aboard asked what that loud beeping was!? What a sick feeling that must be.
post #11 of 13
"I would have remembered to put down the gear, but I couldn't think with all that #$%& beeping."
post #12 of 13
Does that beeping come over the radio earphones, or is it suppressed by them?
post #13 of 13
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I don't know, but I can tell you that I can hear my stall warning horn quite well while wearing my Bose ANR headset. They don't completely isolate you from outside noise. One time after shutting the intercom off, I could still hear a passenger in the co-pilot's seat talking away. I'm sure the pilot could hear it. That is probably one of the most common pilot errors.
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