I live in the USA in New York on Long Island.
I started flying in March of 2003 with a small electric RTF airplane called an Aerobird. Since then I have become more of a thermal soaring glider pilot than an electric airplane pilot. I fly pure gliders for thermal duration, DLG, slope and aerotow. These days the electrics that I fly tend to be e-gliders. I have about 26 gliders and planes with about 10 flyable at any given time.
Most of my flying is at our club field. I am former President and current member of the Long Island Silent Flyers. www.lisf.org
. We have a great club focused on thermal duration soaring and small electric airplanes.
That is me in the video and that is my red tent in the background.
The Long Island Silent Flyers - Come Fly with us
I try to get to the field one day each weekend all year round. That is when I am not flying glider competition with the Eastern Soaring League. www.flyesl.com
I am former President and Newsletter Editor of the League. I travel along the East coast of the USA for the ESL contests.
My longest TD glider flight is just under 90 minutes. My longest slope flight was just over 2 hours. After that the flights become boring and I land. With slope, it can be the cold that gets me as slope soaring where I live on Long Island, NY, is mostly a winter time activity. At 20 degrees and 15 mph winds, it can be chilly.
I started competing in thermal duration glider contests in our club in 2004 with Spirt 2M RES sailplane, then a Sagitta 600 then a 3 meter Airtronics Legend. They got me into a great sport and now I am totally hooked.
In 2005 I started flying with the Eastern Soaring League. First with a Sagitta 600, then an Airtronics Legend. In 2007 I upgraded to a Polecat Thermal Dancer. With that plane and a year of flying I managed to move