- Land in Elliot’s field (this is probably what you were taught to do) – the complication is that there is a moderate cross wind from the south, so see how you do! (If you don’t know for sure where Elliot’s field is, press “J” before your flight and you will see a window to fly through that will guide you there.)
- Land in the L-shaped field (a bit further to the ENE).
- Make a 180 and land back on the runway. Do this twice and notice the difference whether you turn left (downwind), or right (into the wind).
- Try Elliot’s field again, but this time land into the wind.
Try with a school class glider first (an ASK21 if you have it, or else try the Blanik); Then move on to club class glider or a Duo Discus (similar to our DG505) or any other high performance ship and load it with water ballast – the experience is very different! For the ultimate skill test try to put the 28m wing-span EB29 with full ballast (if you have it) into Elliot’s field. Now that is next to impossible – you’re much better off to turn around.
2) Cross-wind takeoff plus getting low in the south.
Imagine you find yourself in South Boulder at 1200′ AGL and there is a 20 kt wind from the north. What would you do?
- Can you make it back to the airport and pull off a perfect cross wind landing? (It’s possible but if anyone’s watching you, you’re probably going to be grounded for some time…)
- Is there a better and safer option? (Hint: remember where Lemon’s field is?)
Again, try different gliders with different wing loadings and see what impact it has.