Introduction: I have created several presentations, and various other information details, on various glider related topics EXCEPT for anything to do with flying (flying well that is). I haven't quite figured that out as yet.
Click on the links below to download each presentation
or see each informational web page.
Soaring Aviation Electrical
Presented at the 2020
I have seen many glider avionics installations that have made my hair stand on end (or fall out altogether)! This presentation is intended to provide basic instruction in some best practices on the wiring of avionics. Topics include wires types and gauges, crimp lugs, power, batteries, installation, mounting, power distribution, power management, tools, etc.
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PRESENTATION - PART 2
Working with Glider Air Lines
Sailplane pneumatic air lines are critical to the safe functioning of instruments. This presentation will provide you valuable information on how to work with these lines, testing and repair/replacement.
Trying to figure out why your transceiver (radio) isn't working as well as it should is FRUSTRATING. This presentation may just help you!
Overview of Emergency Location Devices and Bailout Kits
This presentation talks about the basics of what ELTs, PLBs, and Personal GPS Trackers, do and how they can benefit you. Comparison of the various devices by specifications and by pricing. Examples of live contest tracking and sailplane locator functionality at SSA.org. Also an exploration of what you should have in a bailout kit attached to your parachute.
See also the "Landout Survival Kit" web page.
Landout Survival Kits
Over the years I have created a survival kit which I carry in my glider at all times to be prepared for landouts. There is another version for when I fly out west.
See this web page for more details on the landout survival kit.
See also the "Emergency Location Devices and Bailout Kit" presentation.
Oxygen Systems for Glider Pilots
Once you have experienced the joys of soaring to high altitudes, you will want to do it again and again. However, you must learn how to use an oxygen system in your glider and, most importantly, lean how to conserve the limited amount of oxygen that you can take aloft. This simple presentation will help you learn how to create and use an oxygen system.
Trailer Wiring & LED Conversion
Trailer wiring can be daunting no matter what trailer you have. Converting a European trailer like a Cobra to a US connector can be a chore. Then dealing with burn out or corroded bulbs can be frustrating. This presentation may just help you!
Pilot Relief Systems
I have brought together information on my experiences with pilot relief ("pee") systems for glider and soaring pilots along with information from other resources. See this web page for more details.
Each year I like to test my ship's batteries and replace those that do not have enough individual capacity to last 6 hours at a 1A load. But how can the average pilot perform a reasonable "real world" test with easily obtainable equipment?
See this web page for an explanation of the testing that I perform, and the simple load test rig that I use, along with Excel templates for gathering the data and then graphing the results. There is a manual test methodology and an automated one.
OGN - Open Glider Network
The objective of the Open Glider Network (OGN) is to create and maintain a unified tracking platform for gliders, drones and other aircraft. Focused on tracking aircraft equipped with FLARM and OGN trackers, OGN is also open for integration of other flying objects tracking data sources. You can see beacons from FLARM PilotAware, SPOT, Garmin InReach, Skymaster, FANET (paragliders) and Spidertracks circulating through our network. The tracking data is freely available.
Poor Man's Spar Alignment Tool
Inserting the main spar pins into the spar bushings during sailplane rigging can be difficult due to the close manufacturer tolerances. In other words things have to be JUST RIGHT to get the $#%^@ pins in! Included here is how to make a poor man's version of a non-eccentric spar alignment tool.
Removing Painted Lettering from Gelcoat
After purchasing my new/used ASW-27B I was faced with removing the non-vinyl painted contest ID letters from the underside of the right wing. That was a learning experience as imparted by others to me and is important to pass on to whomever might be faced with the same task.
Cambridge 302 Flight Recorders
The Cambridge Aero Instruments line of flight recorders are very popular with soaring pilots. Their last production produced was the model 302 (and 302A) which is highly regarded by glider pilots. Here is a web page with some additional information on the following subjects; logging error fixes,tones decoded, software and manuals, simulators.
Everything that you wanted to know about L'Hotellier fittings and the several ways to comply with the FAA AD about them. Also, a step-by-step guide to the installation of Wederkind Sleeves on a glider with L'Hotellier fittings. See this web page for full details and pictures.
Carbon Fiber Instrument Panel Overlay
This presentation talks about applying the following types of carbon fiber to the face of an instrument panel plus the pros and cons of each with examples of the finished products;
Glider Maintenance Tool Box
O'Hare Class B Airspace Expansion
In mid-2008 the FAA started the process of expanding the O'Hare Class B airspace. This change was implemented on October 21, 2010. This has directly impact several soaring sites in the Chicago area, notably Sky Soaring near Hampshire, IL.
More details and information can be found by clicking on this link
Oudie Flight Computer
Here is a web page with some information on the Oudie
IGC File Name Decoding
Maybe you have wondered about the file names of the IGC log files that are generated by your flight recorder. For example, "85KC3WK1.IGC". It looks like a strange random combination of letters and numbers, but each character does have a meaning. In the example above it means, "1st Flight on May 20th, 2018 using a Cambridge flight recorder serial number 3WK". Simple? Not so much. Please see this web page for more information.
ChicagoLand Glider Council Presentations
These presentations come from past ChicagoLand Glider Council meetings.
Blanik L-13/L-23/L-33 Strut Information and Repair
The repair/rebuild of the L-13/L-23/L-33 strut landing gear strut is an important skill if your strut has collapsed and is no longer holding gas (typically nitrogen). A repair/rebuild kit is required. Old parts should not be reused and the new kit is not commonly available. To my knowledge kits are only available from Blanik (approximate cost US$500). Note that a replacement new strut is much more expensive. Also note that L-13's have been effectively grounded (at least in the US) and used struts from an L-13 can be reused in L-23's and L-33's.
Several items are included here for downloading;
Old Presentations that Need Some Serious Updating
Soaring Flight Computers
NEEDS SOME SERIOUS UPDATING!
This presentation details GPS systems for use for soaring pilots. I talk about how flight recorders are used, how they are wired together, how to upload and download flight logs and other details. I deal with what flight computers bring to the party, how they can help soaring, how they enhance moving map PDA displays, file structure, etc.
Download this 2007 SSA Convention presentation for complete details.
Basics of Dr Jacks BlipMaps and BlipSpots(PLB)
NEEDS SOME SERIOUS UPDATING!
Here is a short presentation on the use of blipmaps and blipspots which was created for a ChicagoLand Glider Council meeting.