I enjoyed the poem on the "Vintage" page. With apologies to Bernard, here is my Mark II version.
In days when forest felt no threat,
With fibreglass unheard of yet,
They built of things that lived and grew,
Like spruce and birch and casein glue.
Folk who flew then knew their place,
Yes, they knew the urge to race,
But did not claim by word or deed,
To split the sky at breakneck speed,
But rather by pace more modest-like,
More befitting the average bike.
Drifting downwind, enjoying the view,
Seemed more the proper thing to do,
Without undue, unseemly haste.
Which would in truth be in poor taste.
?Wood has soul? will oft times pass
The lips of those without the brass
For super high-performance glass.
So we flew what could be afforded,
Thankful to do so, and so applauded,
As any decent fellow should,
The unpretentiousness of wood.
I love it
Very Nice website. I had a good chuckle. Keep it up.
Top class site yours faithfully Karry Robidoux
Love your comments about the Standard Libelle 201 ! I just added Sifowpedia! to my link page at
the swiss libelle database.
cheers and blue skys
Love the web sight. Exactly what soaring needs-just a bit of attitiude. Might become the next Cirrus chav in the USA soon though. But then again next to the Ausies we're the biggest Chavs in the world. So I'd probibly end up a bit of a Chav even in a 201b. I won't thermal against the grain though. I despise those "pilots". Can't say I won't be pulling just 2G's to prove I can dolphin for a while. Once again great site! I'm going to pass it along to my fellow club members.
Cheers as you Brits thought to say (most likely another stereotype),
Cracking site, Can vouch for the comments about Vintage stuff. And the Cirrus, that made me howl with laughter. Chav glider pilots, whatever next?
And a 10/10 for the gliderdescriptions! Out of experience I can fully agree with the T59D.
Just bought a Lak 12 and have started looking round to understand what`s what.
How do I remove the tailplane frame (which is fixed to the floor) on the rightside of the trailer to enable the fuselage to be rolled out?
funny gliderdescriptions,i fly paragliders and i find your wiews about that to be true many times.
Greetings from (a sailplane wannabe pilot in) norway
lovely blog you have! :)
Could not stop laughing while reading the PiK-20 page. You've nailed the experience. Flew a D model for some years. Found myself beneath a raincloud - just once. Thought the dive brakes had come fully open. Luckily, I had plenty of height. Vowed not to try that again.
Great site ! Seems to be that yesterday I (accidently !) became a follower of your sifow movement when purchasing a Salto with 13,3 m (switching from a LS3a with 15m !). Keep on and may the thermals be with you.
Great site. I have made a link on our clubs website.
I just miss a couple of gliders: ASW-15b and LS-1f.
Would be fun to read your comments about the ASW-15b since I'm looking for one. :)
Just discovered your site and loved it! Excellent!
I am an evangelist for the fun of soaring (see my Joys of Zero Sink in July's _Soaring_ magazine).
Keep the faith!
I don't know if it's a coincidence that Colins are associated with LAK12s... Anyway, a fantastic and very amusing look at some lovely machines. Thanks for putting in the effort.
Love the website.
I'm an old Ka6 driver, out of soaring for years but looking to get back in, currently doing an extended BFR at Williams.
If you would like a review of the Ka6 I'd be happy to write one(about 500 Ka6 flights)
In the meantime, I'm looking for a ship. Anybody got any comments on Std Cirrus with conventional (non-flying) tail.
Love it! Keep up the good work.
Really a good read and such a laugh too, Love the list
I love your perceptive insights; the comment about the ASW20's Jesus flap gave me the biggest laugh of the year!!
Nice, funny review. Have over 2,000 hours on the ASW 20 and love it. However, there are only two wingspan versions, 15m and 16.6m - no 18m.
All versions, original, B and C are 15m. However, ASW 20L, ASW 20CL and ASW 20BL are 16.6m but the tips can be taken off to restore them to 15. The C and B versions have a bunch of fairly minor changes (including the reduced landing flap extension) which make them C and B. All original versions ( also known informally as ASW 20a) have the 65 degree maximum landing flap, which, however, need not be used on landings. I almost never use it since the 30 degree or so flap setting is plenty.
Chris Davison: useless pilot but mainly harmless. Spends too much time enjoying the views to be a competition pilot. Drinks beer.