Blog

Perlan’s blog collects the thoughts and experiences of team members from the multiple disciplines needed to build and prepare the aircraft, plan the flight, and carry out the mission. Here, you’ll find insights from the designers, craftspeople, pilots, meteorologists, and support personnel who will make Perlan’s record ascents a reality. Perlan’s blog will be an opportunity to delve into the challenges and triumphs that travel with the giant sailplane.

One in the Oven

As the weather turns cooler in Bend Oregon, the team in the shop is staying indoors a bit more. No more afternoons sanding Perlan parts with the hangar doors open watching the traffic on the airfield. Of course this should help get our parts made quicker.

Sanding and More Sanding

The production process we are using to build the Perlan is based on the normal process for mass production of gliders. (In the glider business 50 to 100 is considered to be a lot of gliders.) This is necessary for accurate control over the weight and other properties of the finished glider. Unlike a normal prototype, we can’t make allowances for inaccuracies in the building process like extra blobs of epoxy resin or dry spots in the carbon fibre.

Oshkosh 2010 Interim Report

First, an apology for not letting everyone watching the blog know about the Perlan appearance at the Oshkosh airshow. It was only organised at the last minute and the blog was offline until almost the end of the show. We did try to get the word out on Facebook and Twitter but not everybody uses those.

Presentation at Omarama, New Zealand

Morgan recently visited Omarama, New Zealand, to fly in the unique conditions and learn from some of the world’s top experts on wave flying. Omarama has a special connection to the Perlan Project as the team was based there for several seasons early in the project.

While he was there, Morgan was asked to make a presentation to the pilots to let them know where the Perlan is up to. The presentation was well-recieved, with many questions asked at the end.

TOUR & EVENTS

Apr 20
Minden, NV
Minden Wave Camp 2017
Apr 20 2017 to Apr 23 2017
The Perlan team will be attending wave camp in Minden this year. Most of the Perlan pilots will be there. We expect to make some lecture presentations on the Perlan as well as the high-altitude physiology specific to our mission.
Airport Rd, Minden, NV 89423
Add to Calendar 04/20/2017 04/23/2017 America/Los_Angeles Minden Wave Camp 2017 - Minden, NV The Perlan team will be attending wave camp in Minden this year. Most of the Perlan pilots will be there. We expect to make some lecture presentations on the Perlan as well as the high-altitude physiology specific to our mission. Airport Rd, Minden, NV 89423 Perlan Event Organizer e-mail true MM/DD/YYYY