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Episode 56: Eric the aerobatic glider pilot

Episode 56: Eric the aerobatic glider pilot

Eric Lentz Gauthier is an intriguing aviator, engineer and inventor. We talked about how one becomes an aerobatic glider competitor, a niche sport seen around the world and it seems to have happened with a degree of serendipity, likely because aviation was always on his mind. Funny how when you focus on something, the doors keep opening!

Our conversation went from gliders to Tesla to solar powered planes and a detailed description of G’s.

Here’s a more detailed description from his website bio:

Eric is an American competition aerobatic pilot in Powered and Glider categories. He was the 2015 and 2016 U.S. National Glider Aerobatic Champion and is a member of the United States Glider Aerobatic Team, which represents the U.S.A. in FAI sanctioned international competitions including the World Glider Aerobatic Championships held every year.

Eric began working on projects with Solar Flight’s founder Eric Scott Raymond in 2007. At the time, Solar Flight’s Sunseeker solar powered airplane was the only airworthy electric airplane in the world. Today Solar Flight continues to lead the electric airplane movement with the most advanced aircraft in the world.

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