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Competition glider classes (FAI)

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Written by Sigmund

Competition Gliding Classes

These are the various competition gliding classes as defined by the FAI (Fédération Aéronautique Internationale):

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Imagine this.....

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Written by Aldo

Imagine flying like this......

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Gimli Glider

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Written by Cliff

Many of you have probably read about the 'Gimli Glider'. Even so it still makes for interesting reading!

If a Boeing 767 runs out of fuel at 41,000 feet, what do you have? Answer: A 132 ton glider with a sink rate of over 2000 fpm and marginally enough hydraulic pressure to control the ailerons, elevator, and rudder. Put veteran pilots Bob Pearson and cool_as_a_cucumber Maurice Quintal in the in the cockpit and you've got the unbelievable but true story of Air Canada Flight 143known ever since as the Gimli Glider.

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