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“Sailplane wings are designed to be extremely efficient but the smallest amount of contamination from bugs or rain can degrade the performance up to 10 points….

Bugs 8:1



In areas with a significant amount of bugs that get caught up in thermals it is necessary to take advantage of “bug wipers” to remove large amounts of bugs. It essentially consists of a sail that opens up and slides along the entire leading edge with a filament that scrapes the bugs off…

Bug wiper 1 8:1

before you reel it back in by hand or electrically…”

Controls in cockpit 8:1

Mike Westbrook

Leigh Zimmerman

1 Comment

  1. Melanie Nichols (N1K Crew) August 2, 2016

    Wow… now that some bug juice!

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