Lectures and Webinars

Sebastian Kawa is arguable the world’s greatest soaring pilot of all times. On Feb 5, 2019, he gave an interview to Davis Lessnick and Bruno Vassel as part of a Webinar series hosted by the Soaring Society of America.  The link leads to a video of the interview and a summary write up.

Only few pilots have successfully completed 1000+km soaring flights in Colorado. All of those flights were flown out of Boulder, Colorado. And the majority of these flights were flown by one pilot: Pedja Bogdanovich. In this presentation, given in June 2019 at the Soaring Society of Boulder, Pedja explains his strategy and approach to planning and executing these amazing flights above the Rocky Mountains. A veritable treasure trove of know-how, tips and tricks for any ambitious cross-country pilot.

John Good has been a member of the US Team at many World Gliding Championship events including as Team Captain.  In this excellent lecture, John talks about why “following the best path” is much more important than flying exactly at the right McCready speed.  The link leads to a video of the lecture and a summary write up.

Karl Striedieck is a world record setting glider pilot with many distant records set by high-speed ridge soaring.  He participated in 12 world championships and was twice Vice Champion. The link leads to a video of the lecture and a summary write up.

Mike Opitz was the 1986 Standard Class Champion.  He flew in three World Championships finishing in 2nd place in Australia in 1987. The link leads to a video of the lecture and a summary write up.

Doug Jacobs participated in nine World Championships and became World Champion in the 15-meter class at the 1985 World Championships in Rieti, Italy.  The link leads to a video of the lecture and a summary write up.