Bits and pieces arriving

We just received most of the bits and pieces required. Display is expected to arrive next weekdiverse.

I don´t know if I should be thrilled or scared, but some of these items are just incredibly small. Guess some soldering practice on an old PC board would be a good idea before taking on tautoreset fusehe real ting.

Everything you need to get started can be found on

GILF – Gliders I Like to Fly


I guess some of you got a little disappointing now….you really don`t care that much about gliders do you? Well some of us do, and this blog is about gliders, old and new ones we probably never will – but would love to fly. So go ahead and post your wet dreams here for all of us other geeks to enjoy 🙂 Oh and if  you are unfamiliar with the acronym GILF, have look her:

Ok – so maybe gliding and sailplanes isn´t the most kinky on the net, but if you are a passionate glider pilot, you probably find most gliders as eye candy 😉 There is a lot of 8128_154792272216_643877216_3160133_6903252_nsites out there about gliding and soaring, but the GILF-ide suddenly came up after a good day of flying from our glider port at Notodden, Norway. So here´s what you do. Post or send me your wildest and most kinky glider dreams, use your imagination and give us a wild story of you and your favorite glider.

My favorite? Well I´m a sucker for the “mature” kind and happily married to a LS6a. She knows exactly how to treat an old fart like myself. Years of experience and numerous studs on here conscience, she always get me home in one piece. But that said, I do have a secret fling with a sexy and wild Pilatus B4. She really rocks my world!

OpenVario preparations

Ok, so we haven’t started the actual soldering yet but still waiting for all the components. Hopefully we will receive the last PCB’s next week. We have also ordered the housing to be cut at a secret location…(a friend of a friend that have the machinery at work).

Right tools is half the job so I have to upgrade my old and cheap soldering iron. With a restricted budget I have decided to go with the 3 in 1 station below. Hopefully it will do the job!


I’ll let you know how this station performs, in case you need to upgrade your soldering solution before taking on a similar project.

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We will get back with more info as the project evolves. Stay tuned.

OpenVario project


A while back I stumbled on an article on Facebook I believe about an open project for a DIY glider computer and variometer. I´m a sucker for gadgets in our glider Frontand has so far installed Flarm, transponder and ADS-B in and out. Everything presented in XC-Soar on a Samsung TAB 7, via a Bluetooth adapter. My co-owner of our LS6 – Haldor, uses another setup with Seeyou on an Ipaq without Flarm and ADS-B presented. The best solution would be to have a fixed installation with all flight data presented in one integrated device. As probably all of you know these solutions are extremely expensive, reaching thousands for dollars.

cropped-XB6V9841.jpgOpenVario on the other hand looks like a perfect device, for a very affordable price, and what fun it will be to make it our self. Check the link below for more info about the project and stop by here from time to time for an update on our build.

So far we are gathering information, studying how-to, and anxiously waiting for all the bits and pieces to arrive. There is nothing as satisfying as making your own gadgets and save a few bucks in the process 🙂ov_from_behind

We will try to update this page as the project evolves with short descriptions and pictures. Haven’t set a date for completion, but I suspect we will aim for an installation in our LS6 for the 2015/16 season. In other words next winter, but we’ll see.

Stay tuned.cockpit

I´m heartbroken

It is still winter and I seriously need to get airborne! My LS6 is sitting snowed in at our field right now, but I sure I can feel the sun against my skin…..scanning for some cumulus – nope – not yet. So what do we do to keep our nerves at hold during the dark and cold months? We spend hours and hours on youtube scanning for new and inspiring clips. Not to mention the fantastic soaring simulator Condor! I simply do not think I could survive the winter months without it! Thanks to all of my fellow pilots who organize and participate in the fantastic condor community.

If you happened to live in the southern hem and have some juicy stories to share with us – feel free to post.


Slingsby T.38 Grasshopper

Slingsby Grasshopper
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Slingsby T.38 Grasshopper is a British primary training glider built by SlingsbySailplanes for the Royal Air Force

The design is based on the pre-World War II German SG 38 Schulgleiter, modified to use the wing design of the Slingsby T.7 Kirby Cadet glider.[1] The design was cheap to manufacture and was designed to be stored dismantled. The type was used by Air Training Corps Squadrons between 1952 and the late 1980s.

The RAF designated the glider the Grasshopper TX.1 and the first order was for 65 aircraft which were delivered in 1952 and 1953. It was later followed by two further orders for an additional 50 aircraft, the final delivery was made in 1963.

Launch is achieved through the use of a V shaped bungee or elastic rope pulled by a team of helpers. The glider can also be mounted on a pivoting tripod pointed into wind for the demonstration of controls.

The Grasshopper is virtually identical to the EoN Eton.

Siren C.30 Edelweiss

The Siren C.30 Edelweiss (or C.30S) is a 15 m span, Standard Class sailplane designed in France in the early 1960s. The Edelweiss came second in its class at the 1963 World Gliding Championships (WGC) and first in its class two years later. Several are still flying in France and elsewhere in 2010.

This GILF was sent in by my good friend and fellow gliderpilot in my club at Notodden in Norway. Here is his description and why this is one of his wet dreams still after decades of flying and numerous gliders in his logbook:
“My wet dream ? Well, having flown about anything which can glide through the athmosfere, ranging from Scheibe Bergfalke II/55, ASK 8b, K13, Pik3, “all kind of” SchemppHirths, and even Pik 20 and 18 meter aluminium Antonov A-15(!) , and now these days previliged to own my ASH31Mi, my secret wet dream is; Brace your horses….the french Sirên Edelweiss. Serious. Has been a dream since teenage ( secret nr 2; I am now 58..). Butterfly tail, just as my first own glider, the Standard Austria SH1, but much more slender, you more or less strap on the glider as you lay down flat on your back. Cockpit walls touching shoulders, you melt into and become part of her…. niizze, heh ? Beautiful lines, and said to be a delight to control, does not argue a bit on your inputs…. thats’s something! As my old late friend Harald Høymyhr once wrote in FlyNytt, a norwegian flying magazine; give me 30.000 shining norwegian kroner and I know what I would spend the at, just after having flown an Edelweiss back in late 60’es or possibly early -70’ties. (wow..30 K for a factory new top notch competition glider…those were the days..)
OK, GILFS, your draw……
Happy landings
( by the way, I am chairman og Sandefjord Gliding club, we operate from Notodden in the mountainous part of Telemark, check Jarles startpage for a link to this may-be best norwegian gliding site for local as well as X/C flying. And our fleet should meet the expectations of most glider friends, wether you want relaxed local gliding, X/C or unlimited aerobatics. Strap on and visit us ladies and gent’s. Welcome!!)”

Schempp-Hirths Arcus M

The first flight was conducted by Schempp-Hirths engineer Swen Lehner and the boss of the SOLO Engine factory Wolfgang Emmerich, in beautiful sunshine and temperatures nearing 30 degrees celcius in the shade. Thanks to the flaps of the Arcus, the aircraft took off after a short roll (approx 200m) and climbed quickly to altitude where the engine was switched off and retracted. The propeller is automatically stopped from spinning via a brake and brought into retract position via sensors without input from the pilot.

New automatic engine controll unit
Powered by the brand new computer controlled direct injection Solo engine, restarting the engine in flight is effortless by simply turning the ignition switch to ON. The new system controls all aspects of the engine ignition phase including extension/ignition and fuel. The amount of fuel mix ratio is controlled by the computer system and is adjusted according to altitude of the aircraft.

Flight Performance
The high wing loading of the Arcus is hardly noticeable, except in glide performance, and the large airbrakes allow for pinpoint accurate landings. The roll out is made much easier through the steerable tail wheel which is integrated in the rudder.

Click her here to see a YouTube clip of the launch