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Emilie Glider Training

Emilie’s Glider Check Ride

November 27, 2022
Emilie Phillips

As I described in my post about scheduling the check ride, I had exactly two days available for the check ride, and no chance of postponing or retaking it. Seven days out, I started watching NOAA’s long range fronts forecast. There were several low pressures bunched together, and some cold fronts tagging along. The timing […]

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Practice or nothing

November 19, 2022
Emilie Phillips

My glider check ride date was set. I was nominally ready. But was I? I had better make the best use of October and November. I practiced no spoiler landings, and regular landings. My pattern was too tight. I should be 2x as far out as up at the midfield downwind. Finally, finally I got […]

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The check ride gambit

October 8, 2022
Emilie Phillips

After flying every weekend day in September, I got my instructor sign off for the practical exam on October 8th. I would schedule the exam, I thought, practice for a few more weeks, take the exam and then be done. Success. But when I contacted the examiner, the earliest he could do was November 27th, […]

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Schweizer 1-26

September 17, 2022
Emilie Phillips

With the club back at Sterling, the Blanik was once again busy with dual instruction. I needed to learn to fly one of the single place gliders. According to two other lightweight pilots, the ballast system in the 1-34 sounded insecure. The L-33 has been out for major repairs all year. So that left the […]

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Gardner

September 10, 2022
Emilie Phillips

September 10th and 11th the Sterling Fair takes over Sterling airport. A few of us relocated to Gardner. It turned out to be a great learning experience just by being different. For reference, here are the rest of my glider training posts. We staged the gliders off the end of the taxiway. The tow plane […]

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Franconia Soaring

September 3, 2022
Emilie Phillips

There are plenty more days of the Alaska trip to post about, but I wanted to catch you up on a few of our September activities. I am focused on getting good enough to take the glider check ride before the club shuts down for the season. For more context, check out the rest of […]

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Emilie’s First Solo in a Glider

July 31, 2022
Emilie Phillips

To get ready for what I hoped to be my first glider solo, I did the same thing I do to prepare for any exam. I went to bed early, 8:30 pm, without studying. I got up at 5:30AM and cooked myself a big pancake breakfast. Then I checked the weather and reviewed my personal […]

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Windy practice flights

July 30, 2022
Emilie Phillips

I had to be patient to start my plan for soloing. The weekend of July 24th, I sent Isaac to sleep away camp, and we packed Tyson for his flight to Alaska. That left me only one weekend to solo. My preferred instructor would be teaching on the very last Sunday. If the weather went […]

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Emilie learns to fly gliders. These posts tell the story from first flight through the latest events towards getting my glider license.

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