Gliding activity in Europe is slowly coming to an end for this year. Most gliders have already been moved into their trailers and will not see sunlight again for many months. For multiple weeks already, awesome flights from the Southern Hemisphere have started appearing on WeGlide, be it from Australia, South Africa, Argentina, or New Zealand.
It's a good time to look back on a fantastic season, on special flights, and new records. And a good time to introduce our newest features to you.
To get better at gliding we need a coach, a person who can tell us how we can improve. Sadly, we don't always have someone sitting next to us who helps us to analyze our flight.
Today, we are announcing the WeGlide Coach. A new analysis feature that scans your flight and gives you data and tips, on what you should do differently. The coach uses the polar of your aircraft and the weight you have entered to calculate the optimal speed to fly between thermals based on MacCready theory which is put in contrast with the speed you flew.
Further, it simulates how your flight would have turned out with a different weight and gives you suggestions on the optimal amount of water. It also addresses frequent errors when circling and can suggest to thermal with a smaller radius or leave a thermal earlier.
Sounds interesting to you? Read all about it in our announcement:
October offered a wide range of flights. We enjoyed Matthew Scutter's flight in the Morning Glory. There's a vivid discussion in the comments about the possibility of connecting to thermals after using the wave in the morning.
And here are two more flights that we found very special in case you missed them: Carl Audissou with a fantastic wave flight from the Pyrenees to Asturias and Luka Žnidaršič & Bernard Dobre running their Duo Discus FES down the Adria.
In the 2023 season, over 11,000 users have covered a distance of 28 million kilometers and uploaded 95,000 flights in total. We are also happy to welcome over 5,000 new users to WeGlide.
And it's Gordon, who won the Free Distance ranking as well. The Sprint ranking was won by James G. Lee from the same airfield (Minden, Nevada). Read our winner's article to find out which glider was involved in James' win.
This year, Thomas Greenhill and Zachary Yamauchi, both US junior pilots, were nominated by Jonker Sailplanes. Thomas Greenhill got the place from French junior pilot Kevin Faur, as he did not find time in the preparation for the World Championships in Australia this Year.
Thomas and Zach competed in the South African National Championships 2023 in early October. After seven competition days, they managed to come out on top and win the double-seater class - congrats guys!
You are a junior glider pilot and want to win the JS Challenge? It does not matter where you are flying in this world, everybody gets a chance. You can find the rules here.
We care about design. A lot. That's why it took us many weeks to settle for the design update which we launched a couple of weeks ago. We were able to clean up a lot of stuff on the flight page, which had not changed much in the last three years.
The new design was a preparation step for the Coach, which would have overloaded the old design. We hope you enjoy the changes and are welcoming some feedback.
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We've had a lot of interesting articles in our magazine lately. Some of our highlights were the interviews with Andrea Abt and Eva Senne. Andrea told us many interesting things about learning and improving even later on in your soaring career.
Eva, a young glider pilot who is just getting started with her soaring went from 500 km to 1000 km within one year. In the interview, we explore what it takes to achieve such great distances in the French Alps.
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We are looking forward to meeting you at our booth this Saturday (4th of November) at the German Segelfliegertag in Freudenstadt. The organizers have put together a fascinating program, on which you should not miss out.
There are lots of exciting talks, and as the cherry on top of the cake, Schempp-Hirth will be presenting the all-new Ventus E.