Coaching Corner

Flying tips and guides by our experienced pilots

Our experienced pilots share their words of wisdom with less experienced members of the gliding community.

What speed should I fly between thermals? pdf An exploration of the question 'How fast should I fly between thermals?'

The effect of weight on the stall speed of a glider pdf How does weight affect the stall speed of a glider? What happens to the stall speed of a two seater when flown two-up as against flown solo? What about when flying with water ballast?

The effect of bank angle on the stall speed of a glider pdf What is the best thermalling speed for a glider? What happens to the stall speed in a turn? Using the DG1000 as an example, this article shows how the optimum thermalling speed can be calculated.

Exploring the Polar pdf This article discusses the use of Jim Rennie's POLAR10 spreadsheet and explains how it can be used to examine the performance of a range of gliders. The spreadsheet can be found here xls.

A Beginners Guide to Soaring Competitions pdf This article is a simple guide to getting started in competing in gliding competitions.

Cross Country Manual pdf A simple guide to cross country flying.

Cross Country 1 pdf The presentation made by Derek Ruddock on the first Winter Briefing night on 23rd June 2012.

Cross Country 2 pdf The presentation made by Derek Ruddock on the second Winter Briefing night on 21st July 2012.

MacCready pdf The presentation made by Derek Ruddock on the second Winter Briefing night on 21st July 2012.

Weather pdf The presentation made by Christian Werner on the first Winter Briefing night on 23rd June 2012.

Glide Computers and XCSoar pdf The presentation made by Michael Brandon on the third Winter Briefing night on 11th August 2012.

Using XCSoar as a Problem Solving Tool pdf The presentation made by Michael Brandon at the Camden Clubhouse on 13th September 2014.

XCSoar for the New Cross-Country Pilot pdf The presentation made by Michael Brandon at the Camden Clubhouse on 15th August 2015.

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