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2008 - OSB 01/08 Sideslipping

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2008 - OSB 01/08 Sideslipping

Deliberately sideslipping a glider is a technique sometimes employed by glider pilots to reduce the performance of the glider in order to lose height as a means of controlling the descent rate during the approach phase prior to landing. Although sideslipping is required pilot training it is employed less as a landing approach technique now than it was in the past as most modern gliders have adequate glide path control (i.e. effective airbrakes) removing the need to use other techniques in most circumstances. This bulletin highlights a particular concern when sideslipping some gliders – an uncommanded nose-down pitch.