Welcome to Mike the Strike's soaring page.
Here, you will find links to various soaring and aviation articles and photographs.
I learned to fly cross-country from the Magalies Gliding Club, that operates from the Orient airfield near Johannesburg, South Africa. The area is a high savannah-like plain (Highveld) about 4,500 feet above sea level, and the soaring lift is almost exclusively thermals ( I found light shear wave once on a winter's day). The first glider I owned was a Jantar-1 (19 meter), in which I achieved my Silver and Gold badges and Diamond goal there.
Mike the Strike and Jantar at Orient
I currently own and fly a Schleicher ASW 20, N24WA. Originally owned by Wally Scott of Odessa, Texas, it was flown by him on many long-distance cross-country including one-way Barringer Trophy flights. I have owned it since 1999 and have flown around 500 hours in it since then. You'll find a description of my ship here.
I fly cross-country with the Arizona Soaring Association (ASA) and have participated in a number of races, including the ASA A and B series, and three Region 9 contests (two in Hobbs and one in Arizona). Here are a few traces from a typical task I flew recently: Arizona Cross-Country Soaring
A brief history of my soaring career is here.
If you'd like to contact me personally, my private e-mail address is Stringmike@msn.com