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?
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.
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.
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.
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)
Having a chance to fly over 2 hours last weekend, let me put short impressions for new UP Summit XC4. First day was almost laminar with only few thermal bubbles, 6-7 ms wind. Second day started 5 ms wind and it picked up, I decided to go home when it was 8 ms, thermal activity was good despite some high clouds and inversion. Continue reading “UP Summit XC4 – first impression (final version)”