School EN-A glider usability for cross country

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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UP Trango X-Race review after 80 hours

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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Advance Sigma 10 – first impressions

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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UP Summit XC4 – review after 110 hours

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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