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As a student I flew in a cloud in a Blanik with my instructor flying, we entered the base of a cumulus at about 1000 m and left at 2100. He was using only a turn an bank indicator (or turn and slip), mine was inoperative because it had no battery. This part of the flight was uneventful.


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This is anecdotal, but as a glider owner I can tell you why my glider doesn't have a transponder: Monetary cost: A transponder is a substantial investment which requires recurring inspection. Avionics shops tend not to set up shop out in the boondocks where gliders fly. Energy: a transponder consumes a fair amount of energy and the battery in my plane is ...


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Gliders in Europe are not usually equipped with transponders because most of them have FLARM. As of November 2017, over 35,000 manned aircraft already have a FLARM system installed, including both the legacy Classic FLARM models and the PowerFLARM models. Most FLARM installations are in Europe. Over 50% of all GA aircraft in Europe already have FLARM and ...


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