Every year I read discussions of impotent EN-A school gliders, especially in flats. As a curious mammal I needed to validate it. Fortunately I know well some school owners and agreed to borrow an EN-A certified – UP Ascent 4 (next “School glider”) for some test flights. Not sure how different are other brands.
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Step up to a two liner is mind blowing experience, especially for a cautious pilot. Last year I flew Trango X-Race, which has identical aspect ratio 6,9, so are doubts reasonable?
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New EN-C gliders are so expensive. Fortunately, an advert with acceptable price for slightly used UP Trango X-Race, sold by a very skilled pilot, was too hard to refuse. I fly at 90 kg from 78-100 kg certified range in Advance Lightness 2 harness and bellow you will find my extensive experience after about 80 thermic hours with it.
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EN-A is often described as lazy and non-agile. It was a while since I flew EN-A glider, probably 5 years. Did not have any comparable experience but many pilots rush to EN-B category. What modern EN-A offers in eyes of experienced (almost 1000 hours) pilot?
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It was a while till I tried a school glider. Old Sky Atis 2 I tried last year did not impress me at all, but as a curious pilot (and pre-instructor) I want to know what new design of school glider offers. When I had a chance to test Gradient Golden 5, gave it a shot.
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Reading a lot about Littlecloud wings, their miniwing genes always discouraged me. With Gyps introduced, it promises high fun factor and also nice XC abilities. Fortunately, I had a chance to try one for several flights.
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I was lucky to get new Sigma 10 for flight. Ziad’s reviews are always positive, but the one for S10 is extremely positive. My experience was limited mostly to 50 minutes of soaring strong but laminar wind (7-10 ms), fortunately with tiny thermic activity.
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During a testival in Kossen I had a chance to fly Ozone Delta 3 MS (at ~87 in 75-95 range). I wrote some impressions.
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I tried Summit XC3 two times in past two years but did not felt confident to fly it regularly. Probably because of lack of experience, or bravery. With new version and 200+ flight hours later, I felt UP Summit in new incarnation (XC4) is a perfect companion for me from the first date. (article was updated after ~110 hours total, usually ~93 of 100 kg)
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When flying through inversion layer I hit a turbulence caused a collapse. Some can say collapse is massive (80%), some can say collapse is small (extra fast and smooth recovery).
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