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The Thermal Podcast

Jul 1, 2023

Welcome to Episode #42 of The Thermal. 

In this Episode of The Thermal…a feature interview with gliding rock start Gordon Boettgner.

Gordon will tell us first-hand how he broke the world distance record for gliding along with his co-pilot Bruce Campbell.

We’ll find out about the equipment and tactics and how a...

May 7, 2023

In this Episode of The Thermal, I speak to Dirk Corporaal…the winner of the 2022 FAI’s Pirat Gehriger Diploma. Dirk has spent over 20 years writing and developing an exceptional student manual for glider pilots…that’s now available in multiple languages.


And remembering a rock star of aviation and...

Apr 1, 2023

On Episode #40 of The Thermal…a feature interview with IGC President Peter Eriksen and the growing concern over mid-air collisions. 


I also speak to this year’s winner of the BGA’s Bill Scull Safety Award. Wolf Rossmann tells us all about his on-line safety tool FlySafe.


And Dr Dan…talks to me about the real...

Mar 7, 2023

In this Episode of The Thermal, Mathias Schunk tells us what it’s like to crash a JS-1 at 100kmh and survive. It’s a hell of a story…not to be missed.

 And we hear from Dutch pilot Jeroen van Dijk and his epic 2022 summer flying his LS-3. Jeroen flew not just one but two 1000 km flights out of his home base…the...

Feb 1, 2023

In this Episode of The Thermal, Crisis in the Air. We hear from a British pilot who kept cool and saved himself and his glider.

American pilot Roy Bourgeois knows how to escape the Northern Winters. He has just returned from his 27th gliding adventure in South Africa…he gives us the inside scoop.

And there’s a new...