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Jim Rooney demonstrates an excellent flare, to land. He glides in with good speed, levels off, and lets the excess airspeed bleed off safely, waiting for the right time to flare. When the glider comes to trim speed, he will "count to one" and then he FLARES.

As a teaching tool, he shows that the glider is flying at "hands off" trim speed, by flying "no-hands" for the time before the flare. Only HG instructors (or the equivalent, in skills) should attempt to duplicate this demonstration, using a glider which is known to be in perfect trim. New pilots are advised to keep their hands on the downtubes, when landing.

Flare Video

Full Screen Version (sit back a bit)