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  2. LET L-13 Blaník canopy release handle

    Snapshot Title: LET L-13 Blaník canopy release handle
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: LET L-13 Blaník Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    Pull this handle to jettison the canopy: clearly, only for dire emergencies!



  3. LET L-13 Blaník oxygen flow indicator

    Snapshot Title: LET L-13 Blaník oxygen flow indicator
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: LET L-13 Blaník Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    Supplemental oxygen for pilots starts to be a serious consideration above about 10,000 feet. This is seldom a concern anywhere in America from the Great Plains east.



  4. LET L-13 Blaník altimeter

    Snapshot Title: LET L-13 Blaník altimeter
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: LET L-13 Blaník Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

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  5. LET L-13 Blaník yaw string and air vent

    Snapshot Title: LET L-13 Blaník yaw string and air vent
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: LET L-13 Blaník Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    This sailplane lacks an inclinometer, so the yaw string is the only indicator of coordinated flight (aside from the seat of your pants). Happily, it is a very effective indicator.



  6. LET L-13 Blaník tow release handle and critical airspeeds placard

    Snapshot Title: LET L-13 Blaník tow release handle and critical airspeeds placard
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: LET L-13 Blaník Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    Pull the yellow handle to release the tow rope; if memory serves, you're supposed to pull it twice in the Blaník as a precaution. Behind the handle is a placard of some critical speeds; note easier-t...



  7. LET L-13 Blaník magnetic compass

    Snapshot Title: LET L-13 Blaník magnetic compass
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: LET L-13 Blaník Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    The magnetic variation at the gliderport is between 0 and 1 degrees, so this compass is nearly accurate most of the time. People here probably navigate by looking outside of the airplane, though.



  8. LET L-13 Blaník airspeed indicator

    Snapshot Title: LET L-13 Blaník airspeed indicator
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: LET L-13 Blaník Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    This airspeed indicator's needle can rotate over 360 degrees, beyond which the inner scale must be used to tell the airspeed. I've only ever seen these "spiral" airspeed indicators on gliders---never ...



  9. Spoiler handle

    Snapshot Title: Spoiler handle
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: LET L-13 Blaník Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    Pull to deploy the spoilers.



  10. Flap handle

    Snapshot Title: Flap handle
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: LET L-13 Blaník Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    This glider club places a tennis ball on the flap handle to make it easier to distinguish from the spoiler handle below. You wouldn't want to move the wrong one by mistake.



  11. LET L-13 Blaník G meter

    Snapshot Title: LET L-13 Blaník G meter
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: LET L-13 Blaník Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    The Blaník is certified for some aerobatic maneuvers. This instrument indicates how many Gs you are experiencing (notice that it's one G at rest).



  12. Not my fault!

    Snapshot Title: Not my fault!
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: LET L-13 Blaník Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    This happened when someone ran into my parked car. Technically, the car is "totaled" by this.



  13. Photographer's 1997 Nissan Sentra

    Snapshot Title: Photographer's 1997 Nissan Sentra
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: LET L-13 Blaník Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    The photographer's busted up old car. Not long for this world...



  14. Avgas fuel tank, Silvercreek Glider Club

    Snapshot Title: Avgas fuel tank, Silvercreek Glider Club
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: LET L-13 Blaník Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    Contains 100 octane low-lead avgas for the towplane. In a way, glider flying allows seven pilots to share the contents of this tank efficiently.



  15. Schweizer 1-23 glider

    Snapshot Title: Schweizer 1-23 glider
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: LET L-13 Blaník Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    See a Gigapan of this glider's cockpit here:

    www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id=7632