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Take two gliders (one inverted)......

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Tim Hooper16/04/2010 23:30:50
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Pete B - Moderator17/04/2010 00:01:17
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Bet he didn't tell his Mum until afterwards!
David Ashby - Moderator17/04/2010 06:20:18
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Thought he was going to pass through the chopper blades as an encore for half a sec there
Peter Miller17/04/2010 08:25:37
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I bet there was a bit of "half a crown/sixpence syndrome" there!
John Privett17/04/2010 09:46:47
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Posted by David Ashby - RCME Administrator on 17/04/2010 06:20:18:
Thought he was going to pass through the chopper blades as an encore for half a sec there

 When I first saw it I did too.  But he was clearly a long way from the chopper when you watch it again.

birdy17/04/2010 13:37:19
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I wouldn't like to do that... Or am I stating the obvious?
 That guy must be mad! 
James4017/04/2010 14:53:18
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Wow ! Totally nuts
Erfolg17/04/2010 15:25:30
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I am sure that the method statement and Safety assessment were not fully compliant.. Were all aspects of  the Health and Safety legislation adhered to.
Did it any one consider the consequences if he had dropped his butties, or landed in the wrong place and was forced to walk an excessive distance. If it was the Lake District, was it an appropriate use of a National Park, detracting from the silent solitude.
Send in the health and safety inspectors.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
John Privett17/04/2010 15:34:42
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Perhaps the Austrian H&S regime is a little more relaxed than ours...
Vecchio Austriaco17/04/2010 20:55:54
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By the way these guys are the Blanix team A - specialized on mirror acrobatic flights. Saw them last August in Dobersberg. Flying amazingly close to each other.

About health and safety - I am pretty sure thevideo has been taken at Aigen im Ennstal - so the guy is 100% landing at he glider airport there and not breaking any h&s laws (don't think Austrians are that liberal  - lived there my first 40 years...)

Edited By Vecchio Austriaco on 17/04/2010 20:58:11

John Privett17/04/2010 21:04:20
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Those Blaniks look very much like the Blanik I flew a few times over thirty years ago.  Are the ones the team use of a similar vintage?  Or do they still manufacture them like that - aluminium rather than glass and carbon?
Simon Chaddock17/04/2010 23:31:43
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I believe they are actually a shortened wing span version specifically designed for aerobatics.
See here for details.

John Privett17/04/2010 23:46:58
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Thanks for that link Simon.  Looking elsewhere it seems the Blanik L13 first went into production over 50 years ago, in 1958 (heck, it's as old as me... )
Vecchio Austriaco18/04/2010 11:15:20
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About the age of the planes: Yes - they are still the old aluminium design.
I translated the information about the planes from their website:
 LET Blanik L 13

 Originally built in former Chechoslovakia as flight trainer for the eastern block armies the L13 developed to be the glider being built in largest number all over the world.

The two planes used here have been manufactured 1972 and 1965. Excellent flying properties and robustness of this aluminium built two seat glider allow a wide spectrum of use from training of beginners up to aerobatic flight. Both planes are situated at the military airport Aigen/Ennstal and are registered as OE-0758 and OE-0739 in the Austrian aircraft register.
About the size:


(sorry - German)

Edited By Vecchio Austriaco on 18/04/2010 11:22:47

Edited By Vecchio Austriaco on 18/04/2010 11:23:54

Olly P18/04/2010 12:59:15
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Ross Clarkson28/04/2010 03:44:42
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