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The Thermal Episode #19

The Thermal Podcast

Release Date: 01/01/2021

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In this Episode of The Thermal, a 1300 km convergence line flight in Australia. Pete Temple tells us what it was like and how cold it can be at 10-thousand feet.   Liz Sparrow is one of the people behind WGUK – Women Glide United Kingdom. She tell us about the challenge of getting more women into gliding and the upcoming Women’s Worlds Gliding Championships.   Julia Clitheroe – took to gliding like a duck to water or is that a hawk to a thermal? This 16-year old tells us what it’s like to become a licensed glider pilot during a COVID summer.   And we will also have ...

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On Episode #18 of The Thermal  – a near death gliding video from New Zealand that’s gone viral. What if anything can we learn from this incident? Gliding guru G Dale…gives us his two-cents worth.    And an interview with Bernard Eckey…the gliding legend behind Advanced Soaring Made Easy. We talk to him about edition 4.1   On Gliding Club Confidential, we go to the CuNim gliding club, nestled in the foot hills of the Canadian Rockies. Spectacular scenery and spectacular flights.   And we turn back the hands of time to 1964 and a diamond cross-country flight in a...

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In Episode #17 of The Thermal, SkySight founder Matthew Scutter on flying an all-electric contest with his FES powered Diana 2. And on Gliding Club Confidential, we go to Western Canada and the Invermere Soaring Centre. That’s all on Episode #17 of The Thermal.

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In this Episode of The Thermal, we break away from our normal format for a a feature interview with professional glider pilot, coach and instructor G. Dale. Volume 3 of his series entitled The Soaring Engine is now out. This volume focuses on human performance and gliding. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced x-country pilot…you will learn something from this interview.

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In this Episode of The Thermal, a glider crash and rescue in the mountains of British Columbia. The CFI of the Invermere Gliding Centre gives us a first-hand account of this remarkable story. On Gliding Club Confidential, we go to Israel and the Megiddo Gliding Center, where flying cross-country means avoiding hostile land-outs. True Gliding is a comedic look at the world of Gliding. It’s just been translated from Swedish to English. We speak to the author. And letting go of the apron strings…there’s a new innovative cross-country program called Proving Grounds. We hear from one of the...

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Episode #14 of The Thermal is now available at your favourite podcast provider.   In this episode , we get an update on how one Canadian gliding club is dealing with the COVID pandemic and flying operations. (1 minute and 50 seconds into the show)   In California, Jim Payne has been breaking records in Nixus – a one of a kind 28-meter, two-seat super-ship with a fly-by wire control system. We talk to Jim and the glider’s designer Paulo Iscold. (12 minute and 43 seconds into the show)   On Gliding Club Confidential we go to Denmark and find out how Danes like to soar over...

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In this Episode of The Thermal, we hear from the two pilots who just set a new US multi-seat record by flying from Minnesota to Tennessee in an Arcus M. This flight wasn’t a spur of the moment decision. It was literally years in the making. In the UK, the British Gliding Association has noticed a disturbing trend in towplane upsets. We talk to the Chair of the British Gliding Association’s Safety Committee to find out why and what’s being done to stop it from happening. Parachutes…believe it or not…sometimes glider pilots actually have to use them. We talk to long time competition...

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On this episode of The Thermal, we will check in with glider pilots from Australia, Germany, South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada.  We will find out what’s happening during COVID and when gliding will potentially start up again.    And…are you in lock-down and want to learn something new? Why not become an Official Observer and help your fellow pilots claim badge and record flights? We find out what’s involved from a Senior Official Observer.   That’s all on Episode  #12 of The Thermal….the COVID edition. The interviews on this show...

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 Episode #11 of The Thermal is now available.   In this Episode of The Thermal, we hear from Contest Manager Richard Owen on how his team of volunteers    managed to keep this year’s Senior’s Contest in Florida going amid the pandemic. We also have an interview about competitive on-line gliding. Because let’s face it, we can’t do the real thing. We talk to Daniel Sazhin about chasing thermals on the computer screen. Mark Maughmer is a long time glider pilot and engineer. And is largely responsible for glider winglet design. He’s just won a major award for his...

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Hello and welcome to this special edition of The Thermal Podcast. The COVID-19 crisis is unprecedented in scale and its global reach. The infection rates are climbing and the world’s medical professionals are being tested like never before. Social Distancing is becoming the new norm and everyday life is being affected in unprecedented ways. And that includes gliding clubs across the globe. Dr Dale Guenter is a family physician and President of SOSA, the Southern Ontario Soaring Association which is located an hour west of Toronto, Canada. I’ve reached Dale in Dundas, Ontario.

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In this Episode of The Thermal, a 1300 km convergence line flight in Australia. Pete Temple tells us what it was like and how cold it can be at 10-thousand feet.

 

Liz Sparrow is one of the people behind WGUK – Women Glide United Kingdom. She tell us about the challenge of getting more women into gliding and the upcoming Women’s Worlds Gliding Championships.

 

Julia Clitheroe – took to gliding like a duck to water or is that a hawk to a thermal? This 16-year old tells us what it’s like to become a licensed glider pilot during a COVID summer.

 

And we will also have  Part 2 of my interview with retired Canadian contest pilot and record holder Roy Gray. He tells us about an epic flight from Regina into the muskeg of Manitoba during the 1962 Canadian Nationals. 

 

And a short trigger warning…listening to this podcast will make you want to fly. Words like glider and thermal are heard often. You have been forewarned. 

 

That’s all on Episode #19 of The Thermal.