I am fortunate to own the first electric self-launch glider to fly under Australian skies. It is a Pipistrel Taurus Electro G2.
A few months ago, I wrote a story that explained the background and my journey to owning and flying this impressive little aircraft. The story was published in the Gliding Federation of Australia’s Gliding Australia magazine.
You can read the article here .
Alternatively here is the same article as a PDF file:
Electric Avenue – Taurus Electro G2
I’m posting these links as a precursor/background to a story I will write soon about three wonderful days of flying this aircraft from our airstrip in Tasmania.
I want to be able to fly gliders as “pilot in command” in the USA via a US FAA license issued reciprocally on the basis of my Australian one.
I also want to be able to fly powered aircraft in the USA on the same basis, but that is actually fairly simple. It is the glider part that isn’t, due to some unique aspects of the way gliding is administered in Australia.
Because the process turns out to be surprisingly hard (and non-obvious in places), I have documented it here, in the hope that it might help someone else in the future.
That said, please – only read on if you enjoy the sheer masochism of aviation paperwork… along with the unavoidable acronym soup involved in anything specialised…
Flying at night (as a pilot) is a very different thing to flying during the day. Its a pretty amazing thing to do.
Back in July 2014, I spent a great couple of days shooting a testimonial video about my Pilatus PC-12 aircraft. Here it is:
(Its also available on Vimeo – here)
This is the back story about making the video.
Today I passed my SE-CIR (Single Engine Command Instrument Rating) test in the great little Cirrus SR22 GTS Turbo I used to own (VH-YSH).
The blog post I wrote about flying the Stemme S6-RT has made it into the AOPA magazine (Australian Pilot).
Here… Stemme S6-RT review AOPA Magazine … is the way it came out in the magazine pages.
I have come across some interesting technology items at Zurich airport today, on my way out to London.
I had the opportunity to visit the Stemme factory in Strausberg this week, and to fly a Stemme S6-RT motorglider.
This is the most recent aircraft produced by the people who make my wonderful Stemme S10-VT.
I drove from Frankfurt airport to the Poppenhausen/Wasserkuppe area to visit the Alexander Schleicher (AS) glider factory.
This month I’m doing a research trip to Europe for various reasons.
I’ll be spending about one week in each of Germany, Switzerland and the UK.
Here are some impressions of the journey across the world from Adelaide to Frankfurt (via Dubai) on a Qantas/Emirates codeshare.