Mavi Gogun wrote: fly,surf,&ski wrote:
Would you rather we all look the other way and sing Kum By Ya and praise instructors that teach a type of launch technique that results in blown launchs at more challenging/higher altitude/higher performing glider/stronger wind launches.....
As a former instructor I just can't do that. I'm sorry
(I think Ryan feels the same way)
Oh but I guess since mushing off launch works at that particular site in benign conditions, well it's "all good" then right.........
The camera angle doesn't allow for an accurate apprehension of the launch- neither the angle the nose was set at, nor to what degree it may have varied from there- let alone a mush pronouncement.
What all pilots - and new ones in particular - need to fly safely is 1) preparation, 2) awareness, and 3) confidence. Discussing technique deficits such as launch posture (coke bottle vs. grapevine grip, etc) is important, and speaks to all three of these.
"fly,surf,&ski", you offered nothing to help with any of these three. On the contrary, you actively sought to undermined Yuri's confidence by asserting that the school he attends is not equipped to teach him to launch safely. That was your sole "contribution". As a former instructor, you should know better.
If you truly believe there is a safety deficit at LMFP, you have an obligation to delineate what they are to both LMFP, the specific instructor, and the regional director. Have you done so? If not, why? Again: who was your instructor? Matt, Christian, Tom, Gucci, Scot, Scott, Sean, Kieth, Suzy, John, Jon, Pete, Dan, Jennifer, Eric, Christina, Christopher, Diana, Ron, Mike, Mikey- who?
I feel specifics are good. But not good as to belittle eachother or hold to blame.
We are all in this together!
As a good instructor...You mentioned
I'll share a little more (in depth) my feelings on just 2)Awareness.
1)Was the pilot aware of the cycle or conditions (independent of the instructor)?
2)Was the pilot aware of being hooked in (independent of the instructor)?
3)Was the pilot aware of propper pitch control during acceleration?
4)Was the pilot aware of the best technique for conditions (micro meteorology) and topography?
5)Was the pilot aware of intent and purpose of flight?
6)Was the pilot aware of being in control of the wing during launch, flying, approach, landing?
7)Was the pilot aware of subtle changes in micrometeorology from launch to landing?
Was the pilot aware of his or her own goals? In this case Yuri.
9)Was the pilot aware of his or her own mindset and intensity?
10)Was the pilot aware of his or her emotional and physical awareness, specifically at that time?
11)Was the pilot aware of anything that could have diminished his or her ability to focus or physically perform the next day or moment?
There are so many factors and aspect that create success!
Please don't ask me to make a list of factors or aspects...That apply to
1)How to prepare?
3)How to achieve confidence?
We all want to be perfect! And we will always (as humans) come up with excuses or reasons as to why
Richard Anthony Palmon the turd.