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Experimental Soaring Association

Carbon Dragon - Phil Lardner's Website

The national source for information regarding the design, building and flying of advanced and homebuilt sailplanes.

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January 2017: This old version of the site is out-of-date. We are undergoing a major redesign of the website, and will have the new version up in the first quarter of this year. Thank you for your patience!

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37th Annual Experimental Soaring
Association Western Workshop 2017
(Labor Day Weekend - Exact dates to be announced)
Mountain Valley Airport (L94), Tehachapi, California

ed. – It is time to mark your calendars for the Western Workshop and make your motel or camp ground reservations for this great event. Al Bowers is still lining up the speakers so if you have something you would like to present or know of someone who has a great topic of interest to the group, please let him know ASAP. He can be reached at:

Notice to Carbon Dragon Builders:

Permission to use this photo from the Maupin family
A new professional quality website:
Two Important Links"

Forum for Builders of Jim Maupin Designs

(Woodstock, Windrose, Carbon Dragon and Stealth Primary)

In Sailplane Builder, Phil Lardner announced a new forum for the Carbon Dragon builders.  This replaces the website, which has been static for some time.  Even though the website has been static, it enjoys over 100 visits each week ... proving the ongoing interest in this decades old design.  There are few designs available for those who wish to exploit Microlift (Wikipedia LINK).  Anything important was moved to Phil's website; plus, there is loads of new, current information on Phil's website.

Amazingly, Phil was able to resurrect the Yahoo Group, Carbondragonbuildersandpilots which was deleted without warning.  Phil had saved a majority of the posts which are now available through a forum he had created.

This example demonstrates that if there is information on the web that you need ... download it to your hard drive.  With the extremely low cost for massive capacity disk drives, you can save everything (2 terabyte drives are available for about $100).

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Articles Wanted:
Your experimental sailplane, vintage ship or in-between sailplane can appear in Sailplane Builder. 
Just write an article and supply some great photos. 

Anybody have a self-launch winch?  A contest in
Kansas run by Gary Osoba featured a winch based
on a remote controlled motorcycle.  It is said that Cushman scooters are great for light sailplanes.


Perfect glider for these extremely hot days.
B. U. G. or Basic Ultralight Glider
 Mike Sandlin of San Diego. California continues to provide economical access to soaring:

       Please don't pay for plans from Australia or wherever
                                    ... go straight to the source ... it's free [ESA webmaster]

My airchair designs are intended to provide open air soaring, forgiving flight characteristics, convenient transport, simple "garage technology" construction, and a high level of crash safety. ... Mike
Free plans ... on-line: 

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