Soaring Photos 2

Here's a few shots taken on a flight with Lynn Alley, in the Duo-Discus he shares with Walt.

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On tow, heading to the mahogony mountains
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Passing big mahogony on tow
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Thanks for the tow Stan Mcgrew
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Working our way up Durst Mountain
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On top of Durst looking East
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Above Durst looking West past Mtn Green to Odgen
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What a day to enjoy time in a Duo Discus!
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Morgan Utah from the North looking South
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A perfect thermal turn, 45' and 1,000 fpm up!
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looking up to see what's drawing us skyward
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Lynn enjoying the day and the view
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Hey... who put that camera there
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Above Morgan, looking west along I-84 to Devils Slide
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a friend joined us to lead at 11,500'
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How the bottom of a CU looks when it's time to move on
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Antelope Island on the Great Salt Lake from above Trappers Loop
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The fall colors and sailplane's shadow
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landing on 21 @ Morgan, looking South, very peaceful
A special thanks to Lynn and Walt for taking my flying in their Duo... an even bigger thanks for letting me be PIC for some time each flight!

Here's a few shots taken on a flight with Walt Konecny in the Duo-Discus he shares with Lynn.

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2KA waiting for a pilot
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Lets get this show on the road!
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we slowly climb above a 1-23
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Another view of the 1-23
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getting to the top of Durst
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The close treeline as we work the ridge
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We hit a good bump here on our way up.
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The white panel gave the camera reflections.
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Heading for home as the coulds over-develop
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Check out the rotor clouds... it's getting ugly up there!
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Ah the safety of your home airport.
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Morgan Utah, looking down rwy-03 from pattern altitude

These pictures show a typical launch and landing.  These pictures also document my first solo flight.  I accomplished my "A" badge on Saturday, May 16th, 1998 at the Morgan Airport in Morgan County, Utah.   That's enough self-congratulations, you want to see pictures...  Thanks to Jay for the great pictures.

Here's the launch sequence...

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Seatbelts on, review checklist, when ready to fly give thumbs up to the wing runner.
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Wing runner lifts wing, pilot wiggles the rudder and radios tow pilot to get things rolling.
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After just a few steps, the wing runner lets go (notice his hand is off the wing in the shadow).
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As the wing runner slows, the planes rapidly pull away.
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Gaining speed, the glider is ready to lift off.
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Glider stays low waiting for the tow plane to lift off too.

Here's the landing sequence...

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Lined up on final, spoilers open to control descent.
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Nice and level, spoilers open to about half.
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Just over the fence, now only seconds away from touch down.
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Time to close the spoilers and soften the landing, keep it smooth...
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Glider pushed back in position, instructor (Jay) congratulates student (Dale).
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I'm excited to go again, can I? Can I?  Are we all ready?

These are the gliders I've been fortunate enough to fly so far.

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A SGS 2-33 at Morgan Air in Morgan Utah, we call it the Banana.
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A Blanik L-13 at Whisper Flight in Hurricane Utah.
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A SGS 2-33 at Soar Utah, Inc. in Heber City Utah.
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A SGS-233 at Peak Soaring in Penrose Colorado.

These pictures show Jay Thomson's Ka7, which he's currently rebuilding.

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Metal tube fuselage, view from the left rear looking forward.
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Metal tube fuselage, view from the left front looking aft.
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The forward panel with instruments in place.

These pictures help explain how things are laid out in a modern fiberglass glider.   Thanks to Jay Thomson for letting me take these pictures of his beautiful ASW-19 -- Jay, if you ever want to sell it, let me know ;-)

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The pilots view of Jay's panel.  The radio is cut-off at the very bottom.
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Jay's panel as seen by the pilot with the tinted canopy closed.
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Shows the rudder pedals and a partial side view of the panel.
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Note spoiler control (on left, handle down) and the landing gear control just below it (handle up).
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The oxygen system is installed to the right of the seat, the tank is bolted in and not visible.
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Shows how the fuselage sits in a saddle and rolls into the trailer.
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An assembled picture of Jay's ASW-19.
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The panel in Lee Steorts Pilatus B-4.

This page was updated Monday, June 14, 2004.

98,99,2000&01 Dale Taylor, soarwest.com, contact via email.