Correct, NC25. It is a residential air park. My friend has a house there where he spends the weekends when he isn't flying for a living.i gather that would be NC25? i've driven thru gold hill a couple of times, never would have guessed there's an airfield.
“Some day” came today.Congrats.
It's on my list for some day ...
The 2-33 is a bit of a pig. But it is super strong and honest ( I grew up around Horseheads, NY and new guys that welded and bucked rivets at the factory). If you think it doesn't have any roll rate you probably shouldn't try a 20 meter open class ship with a ton of water spread spanwise You get a pass due to having been spoiled by a Pitts! And you could have flown the takeoff. Nothing compared to the Pitts. My 14th birthday my mom made me a cake shaped and colored like the 2-33 I soloed in complete with N number. I was pissed off at the time. Hated birthdays.“Some day” came today.
A group of residents here who formed a club last year were flying their two gliders. I wandered down to the runway and got a flight with a friend / neighbor / instructor in their 2-33. He flew the takeoff, but I flew everything from about 400 AGL. I released from the O-540 Pawnee at 2,500 and headed to an area where a Kitfox was soaring. Arrived there at about 1,700 and circled in one thermal, then moved over to a better one, and climbed back to 2,500. Flew back to the airport, entered a standard pattern at 1,100, then landed.
Initial impressions of my first flight in a glider:
We probably were at the forward CG limit. Either that of the 2-33 needs a bigger horizontal stabilizer and elevator.
Control response has considerable dead time that I am not accustomed to.
Once through the dead time, control response is extremely slow.
Getting a reasonable roll or yaw response takes massive control movements.
The spoilers were less effective than I had imagined that they would be.
The 2-33 will slip, but it doesn’t like full rudder slips with spoilers extended; it really shakes.
My intent was to land about 2/3 of the way down the 3,700 foot runway. The float that I anticipated did not happen, and I landed about half way down the runway. Judging the touchdown and the rollout were easy.
Lots of fun.
It is a single seat glass airplane, I don’t know exactly; I haven’t seen it up close.What other glider do they have available in addition to the old T-bird?
I did wear a hat, a new one to replace the old straw one that has been held together with RTV for that past few Sun n Funs and Oshkoshes. However, it is not one of those sailplane pilot hats like Bob Denver is modeling, above.Did you wear a funny hat and everything?
Used to crew on a Phoebus. Tricky to rig depending on Temp and humidity. For instance if wings were out in the sun but fuse was still under the shade of the trailer lid. German guy owned it. I was 14 or 15 at the time and I was one of the only ones he would let help cause I guess I developed the knack early... Used to ride along to help on out landings if they happened. That was in mythical land called Harris Hill many epochs ago. Beautiful bird to be up close and personal with when you were that young and impressionable.Oooohhh... balsa wood core composite sandwich - in Florida. Make sure your club has qualified eyes to look at that every year. Perfectly good sailplane for the light soaring conditions in FL, but it was a "first generation" glass glider. 1960's technology, some or all of them had balsa cores between the glass skins.
I never flew the Phoebus, but I do remember they were kinda short, cramped cockpits. We had a local sports class competitor named Mike Green, call sign "Mighty Gorilla", he was a fairly well fed guy and it was fun watching him fold himself in and out of that Phoebus