crayonboxAirborne XT912 Cruze and Streak III, Outback 582 Streak IIb

Dual 110+ Solo 150+ (as of 1-Sept-2013)

Hervey Bay YHBA, Maryborough YMYB, Pacific Haven YPAC, Childers YCDS, Tewnatin Noosa YNSH, Caloundra YCDR, Tangalooma YTGA, Watts Bridge YWSG, Biggenden YBIN, Caboolture YCAB, Gympie YGYM, Orchid Beach YOKB, Bundaberg YBUD, Gayndah YGAY, Monto YMTO, Kingaroy YKRY

Private: Nikenbah, Wanggoolba, Miramar(Takura), Lake Barambah, Susan River, The Dimonds (Bill Price)

Here is SkyVector showing some flying I have completed as of and including CrossCountry NAVs endorsement in March 2014.

Glider Crash Finals

I linked this video because it demonstrates nicely a wingtip stall, in a high rate turn, low level on finals. Don't get caught out like this. Very unforgiving. It is approaches like this that cause a lot of accidents because in the event of a stall or issue, there is no maneuvering altitude for correction.


  • XC Triker

    Thanks for posting Crayon Box.  The pilot was getting towed up when his tow rope broke at 80meters (240 feet).  This is not uncommon and they practice for it.  Standard procedure is to land straight ahead if runway remaining, or turn back-  gliders can often turn back at much lower altitudes because of their excellent glide ratio.  Looks like he might have been a bit too aggressive and pulled back to much (losing speed) and wing tip aggressively stalled and dropped, and spun as you mentioned.

    Several commenters on YouTube were faulting him for a downwind landing attempt.  Gliders cant taxi back to the upwind end of a runway, so they often land in mild downwind (tailwind) so that they coast back to the starting end of the runway.  The tow planes then do the same, dragging the rope past the nose of the glider as they turn back into the wind and pull the slack out of the line.  So, the comments about being an "idiot" for landing downwind, and NEVER land downwind were not in consideration of what gliders often do.