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Tuesday Tip: The Flatland Genius Method of Thermalling

Tuesday 2 October, 2012

Today’s Tuesday Tip comes from Pat Dower. Pat contributes to Cross Country magazine and has his own blog abut flying. This tip comes from an article he wrote called The Five Methods of Thermalling. It’s well worth a read.

Method Four: The Flatland Genius

This is a miracle method for finding the cores in large thermals, which helps to stop you over-banking and losing efficiency.

As you fly into lift, keep flying straight. As the lift strengthens keep straight as long
as the lift is even on both sides.

If the lift is stronger to one side, gently turn towards it. As you reach the peak of the lift, get ready to turn or tighten up if you are already turning.

Once the lift starts to lessen, tighten the turn; this has the effect of turning you back to the better lift. You should now be flying into better lift so open out the turn.

This stops you turning back out of the best lift.

Pat’s website is at www.patdower.co.uk and The Five Methods of Thermalling is here.


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