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Questions tagged [sailplane]

A glider or sailplane is a type of glider aircraft used in the sport of gliding.It has rigid wings and an undercarriage. Some gliders, known as motor gliders, are also used for gliding and soaring, but have engines which can be used for extending a flight and, for some types, for take-off.

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What are the takeoff and landing distances of motor gliders?

I'm doing some estimations of weight and thrust loading for a college project, and in the formula below the landing distance is not a variable, but should be estimated using similar aircraft and usual ...
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Is there an abnormal condition that could have caused this fatal accident involving a stall?

In 2009, a Grob 103 glider stalled and crashed at Richmond Field, Michigan, killing the passenger but not the pilot. (NTSB accident report: CEN09LA353) The accident occurred after a failed winch ...
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How to deal with turbulence while flying glider? (Cautions in applying rudder)

I just watched video explaining how the American Airline Flight 587 crashed It led me to think about glider flying. The cause of that crash was that the first officer ...
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What should I look for in weather reports in order to pick a day for glider flying?

I understand weather can change unexpectedly, and local sky condition (e.g. cloud types) can't be predicted, but if I want to fly glider at a specific location, say, some time next week, and use ...
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What happens if only rudder is applied in a turn without ailerons? Do the two have to be applied together all the time?

Fresh newbie in glider flying. I was told the joystick (aileron) and the pedal (rudder) should always be applied together when making a turn. My question is, what happens if I only pedals the rudder ...
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Do thermals stop rising when clouds are formed?

Glider pilots know that one indication of thermal lift is the formation of cumulus-type clouds. My question is: Does the rising air (that lifted the moisture to form the the cloud) stop rising after ...
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What PPL routes are available with gliding experience?

I'm an early solo glider pilot, with the long term goal of also obtaining a PPL (not a LAPL(A)). I am planning to do this after I have obtained at least my bronze badge, which I aspire to within the ...
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Can a kite take advantage of crosswinds to gain speed? [closed]

In a form off a kite can wind be redirected like a sail boat in any direction? Can cross winds around a jet stream be helpful in speed in such a design?
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First to fly around the world by riding jet streams possible?

My questions are related to a scenario discussed on Earth Science: A huge (heavier-than-air) kite sailing in and out of the jet streams. The kite: The scenario: https://earth.nullschool.net/#...
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When is a sailplane a sailplane?

A simple question that I could not find an answer to: When is a sailplane a sailplane (from a regulatory point of view), especially a powered one of the TMG (touring motor glider) variety? EASA has ...