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Almost did happen here
Posted by Chuck Z. on 6/12/2012, 5:07 pm, in reply to "Dansville is getting busier now, so this could well happen here"
Back in the days of yore, my student days, a bunch of us (about six) were flying our ridge just staying up. We we all very orderly, doing all the right things and making turns away from the ridge and watching out for the other sailplanes. I was solo in our venerable and truck-like 2-33. One of our very senior members (who will remain nameless) made a uncharacteristic turn back into the ridge and flew just under me. The distance between us was about 10 feet. Since then I have been very, very wary of soaring the ridge with other gliders. |
: I am tempted to look inside too much also. We
: have to make the effort to look outside.
: It's why we fly, really, to look out.
: Notice that one pilot was totally
: surprised. Traffic checks should give you a
: mental picture of who is where and where
: they are going. Maybe its not possible with
: all the traffic they had, in which case
: pilot no 2 was right. "I should have
: gone somewhere else"
: --Previous Message--
: On June 7 2012 there was a mid-air collision
: between a Pegasus and a Cirrus over a ridge
: at Air Sailing, NV. The soaring conditions
: were similar to those we experience when
: soaring the ridge at Dansville. I strongly
: recommend that you read the pilot reports
: and look at the pictures of the partially
: severed wing of the Pegasus. They emphasize
: the importance of always knowing the
: location of nearby aircraft when in flight.
: Another connection is that Geoff Cline is a
: member of the Bay Area Soaring Associates
: that owns the Pegasus involved in the
: For convenience I have posted the accident
: pilot reports and pictures on my old FLSC XC
: web site at
: Look at the In-flight safety link under the
: Safety link.
: (This old website includes a Spring 2010
: draft of a proposed FLSC website that I
: created for Doug to use in creating his
: last1 version of the FLSC website.)
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