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Why Thermal in a Slip? | And the Hazards of Skidding

Experienced soaring pilots usually advise thermalling in a slip. Dick Johnson in the July 1997 issue of Soaring magazine provides an excellent technical explanation for how and why to use this technique. The bottom line is that a turn requires a combination of pitch, bank, and yaw to maintain a stable configuration. And it requires …

Building Your Toolbox | Responsibly Developing Your Margins

Many accidents in soaring are while flying cross country, particularly during landouts. Most landout related accidents have little to do with unexpected occurrences in a good field. Instead, they have more to do with the situational awareness, judgment, and decision making of choosing an appropriate field at the right time and selecting the right time …