Member Achievements


2011



Eric Steinle Solos in Gliders

Jun
25
2011

Winfried Rudloff SSA-I CFI-G, on the left, congratulates Eric Steinle on the accomplishment of his first glider solo flight. Eric is working to attain Private Pilot certification in Airplanes and Gliders before he goes off to attend the Professional Aviation Flight Technology Bachelor of Science program at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana this fall.

Eric joined PFSAG and started his glider training in April. He was able to achieve his solo milestone in part through a Glider Scholarship grant through the Walter Gleason Memorial Scholarship Fund.

PFSAG is proud to have Eric as a flying comrade and wishes him the best in achieving his next soaring milestone and in his educational pursuits to a flying career!


2010



Bruce White's First Glider Solo

Oct
09
2010

Bruce White, on the left, receives congratulations from his glider instructor Bill Helgersen on the accomplishment of his first glider solo flight. Bruce is working on his Commercial Glider add-on rating and will soon be giving glider rides to the general public!


2007



Uwe Rudloff Completes 200KM Triangle!

Sept
16
2007

Uwe Rudloff's solo 200 KM triangle cross country in the Janus CM 2-seat motorglider on a cloudless blue-sky thermal day.

Uwe says: "A real seat-of-the-pants experience. Only thermal markers were dried corn-stalk leaves swirling up in the thermal cores. All that Indiana corn put to another good use today. Very satisfying"

Confirmed Indiana State Records: Speed around 200 KM triangle, Distance around a triangle.

Confirmed Silver Badge Legs: Distance, Altitude gain.

Click here to see interactive Google Map of flight track

Click here to see 3-D Google Earth depiction using KMZ file

Flight Details:

Takeoff Point: Lake Village Airport (C98), Lake Village, Indiana
Turnpoint:
White County Airport (MCX), Monticello, Indiana
Turnpoint:
Wichman Airport (96LL), Stockland, Illinois
Landing Point:
Lake Village Airport (C98), Lake Village, Indiana
Minimum Soaring Altitude: 2558 ft
Maximum Soaring Altitude: 6060 ft
Triangle Speed: 35.57 mph
Triangle Distance: 128.89 miles
Soaring Performance Flight Time: 3:37:13
Janus CM Performance:

  • L/D max. 43:1 @ 110 kph / 59 kt / 68 mph
  • Min. sink 0.60 m/s / 1.97 fps / 1.17 kt @ 85 kph / 46 kt / 53 mph


Paul's First Flight in a Sailplane

Sept
01
2007

Paul's first flight in a sailplane, the Janus CM 2-seat motorglider.

Even after circling for nearly two hours, his comment was "I can see how this can become addictive!"

Click here to see interactive Google Map of flight track

Flight Details:

Takeoff Point: Lake Village Airport (C98), Lake Village, Indiana
Landing Point:
Lake Village Airport (C98), Lake Village, Indiana
Minimum Soaring Altitude: 2316 ft
Maximum Soaring Altitude: 4370 ft
Total Soaring Flight Time: 1:34:12
Janus CM Performance:

  • L/D max. 43:1 @ 110 kph / 59 kt / 68 mph
  • Min. sink 0.60 m/s / 1.97 fps / 1.17 kt @ 85 kph / 46 kt / 53 mph


2006



Dave McEntyre is at it Again!

Dec
09
2006

With the Blanik L-23, Dave is practicing those precision tows and carrier landings. Recently completing his Commercial Pilot Glider add-on certification, soon he will be a newly-minted Certified Flight Instructor - Glider.

A little different than jockeying a throttle around - eh Dave?


Uwe Rudloff Takes the New Volkslogger VL GPS Logger for a Test Run

June
13
2006

Uwe Rudloff takes the new Volkslogger VL GPS logger on a cross-country flight in the Janus CM 2-seat motorized sailplane for a test run.

Click here to see interactive Google Map of flight track

Flight Details:

Takeoff Point: Lake Village Airport (C98), Lake Village, Indiana
Turnpoint:
Van Voorst Airport (5LL8), Union Hill, Illinois
Landing Point: Lake Village Airport (C98), Lake Village, Indiana
Distance to Turnpoint: 30.8 nm
Minimum Soaring Altitude: 2598 ft
Maximum Soaring Altitude: 6739 ft
Total Soaring Flight Time: 1:25:05
Average Track Speed: 21.72 kt

Janus CM Performance:

  • L/D max. 43:1 @ 110 kph / 59 kt / 68 mph
  • Min. sink 0.60 m/s / 1.97 fps / 1.17 kt @ 85 kph / 46 kt / 53 mph


1996



Wally Gleason Carries Commemorative Postcard

July
27
1996

PFSAG's own Wally Gleason carries a commemorative postcard in a Schweizer 2-33A sailplane from Park Forest, Illinois to Miller Beach, Indiana, landing on the beach close to where Octave Chanute carried out his legendary gliding experiments 100 years earlier.

The occasion marked The Chanute Glider Centennial Celebration celebration of Chanute's work, and the National Soaring Museum's landmark dedication at the site.