Play time: 91 minutes (+ approx. 30 minutes of extras)
English subtitles (movie and extras) + English DVD menus
"If you want to show more of yourself, and if gliding in a straight line no longer satisfies you, then it's the right stuff for you. It helps you get rid of surplus energy and break down surplus confidence quickly. It's perfect for both."
(Ferenc Toth, European & World Champion)
Sailplaning gives you insight into the special world of "real" or unpowered flight, from the basics to the extreme.
You learn about the history of Farkashegy ("Wolf Mountain") Airfield in Hungary, and get detailed, close-up presentations of various glider planes, including the Gobe, Erno Rubik's legendary aircraft used by many generations of student pilots. If you are an aviation enthusiast, you will certainly appreciate the unique cockpit footage recorded with multiple cameras in flight, presenting a sense of "being there", so you will feel like a student pilot sitting in those planes as the pros fly a traffic pattern, hunt for thermals, or perform some (literally) breathtaking aerobatics in sailplanes.
Virtual flying is also featured in the documentary through the outstanding Condor Competition Soaring Simulator. You will see (and using the simulator you can also try at home) what happens when the tow-rope breaks or how a simple mechanical failure can turn your approach and landing into a very difficult manoeuvre.
Contents of the documentary:
About designing the Gobe
The Gobe - a closer look
Gobe - traffic pattern
Gobe - hunting for thermals
Thermals and glide ratios
Condor flight simulator
Rope break (simulator)
Landing without air-brakes (simulator)
Flying the Twin-Astir
Aerobatic gliding - introduction
Swift - cockpit
First aerotow (Swift)
Aerobatics - basic figures (Swift)
Second aerotow (Swift)
Second aerobatic flight (Swift)
At the end of the day
Traffic pattern in a Twin-Astir
Gobe (shoulder cam)
Aerobatics - Swift (shoulder cam)
Aerobatics - Swift (pilot's view)
About the Gobe