IN MEMORY OF
SEEKING RESPONSIBILITY & CHANGE IN GLIDING CLUBS
This website is built in memory of our son, Adam Leinweber, who was taken from us too soon. We are seeking the legislation of the regulation and use of FLARMs for gliding clubs. Please see our proposed changes and help us seek responsible change for all gliding clubs in Canada.WHO WAS ADAM LEINWEBER OUR PROPOSED CHANGES
A DEDICATED & DETERMINED LEADER
Adam was best known for his boundless energy and enthusiasm, and his genuine love of people. He practiced the martial art of Taekwon-do since age five, earning his second degree Black Belt on July 13, 2019.
Adam was greatly loved and admired by students and instructors alike for his dedication, determination, skill, and his ability to connect and form a bond with people of any age or walk of life.
Adam was also a valued member of 604 Moose Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Cadets, where he rose to the rank of Warrant Officer Second Class.
There, he continued to develop as a leader, and earned the respect of his officers, fellow cadets, and parents. He enjoyed gliding, and was pursuing his dream of becoming a licensed pilot when he was taken from us. As a student, Adam earned honours throughout his time at Crescent Heights High School.
Fighting For Change
LEGISLATING THE USE OF FLARMS
Our Goals & Mission
PREVENTING MID-AIR COLLISIONS
To generate public support for legislating the mandatory use of Aircraft Collision Avoidance Systems (such as FLARMs) on all civilian gliders and tow planes operating in Canada. Mid-air collisions are easily preventable with the use of these available and inexpensive technologies which increase safety for those participating in recreational gliding.
February 2024 Update
Mid-air collisions are easily avoidable and have been declining with increased transponder usage since 2012. As the 2024 gliding season soon kicks off, we continue to advocate for transponder requirements that mitigate many variables outside a pilot’s control. Transponder equipage has plateaued at 75%. For the minority who choose to fly without ACAS, please reconsider doing so. Your life and the lives of others are worth more than $3,000. A disciplined adherence to safety will ensure a day of fun does not turn into a tragedy. For the majority of gliding clubs and pilots that already have transponders, invest the 10 minutes to update your firmware/software to working condition, to prevent unnecessary loss of life. Since this fatal accident at the Cu Nim Gliding Club in 2019, there have been 19 near collisions (1 every 8.5 days in 2022 alone). 6 of those near collisions were with commercial aviation. Soar safe in 2024!
What Is Gliding
FLYING WITH THE BIRDS
A glider is a type of unpowered aircraft built of composite materials with wide wings making it light enough to be able to soar like a bird silently in the skies. This recreational activity draws pilots from around the world to compete in races, cross country flight and aerobatics.
A glider’s ability to fly with no engine or propulsion is possible because of atmospheric phenomena such as thermals, ridge lift, and wave lifts. The pilots utilize the same instruments as with powered aircraft with the exception of engine controls.
Gliders can potentially stay airborne indefinitely if the conditions are right averaging speeds of 50-90mph and altitudes of 3,000-6,000 feet stopping at cloudbase. A record altitude of 76,000ft was made by the Perlan (using wave lift) in 2018 for the purpose of collecting high altitude air current data with a $3 million cost of the glider.
Gliding (also known as soaring) is a beautiful flight that only requires fuel to launch either by winch or aerotow. It is the closest that a person can come to realizing the ancient dream of flying with the birds.