cockpit is one of the nicest I have seen - nicely
laid out controls and a well thought out panel. The
seating was roomy and proved to be very comfortable.
The glider was positioned for take-off after Dick
Butler arrived to give us a tow with his Cessna 180.
The first take-off roll was begun for the first JS1
in the US and all was smooth. The JS1 was absolutely
rock steady on the tow and we steadily climbed to
2,000 feet (which was close to cloudbase) and I
cruised under the nearest cloud and rolled into a
nice 45 degree bank as the vario began to sing. The
roll rate was excellent and responsive and the JS1
coordinated easily. Moving the flaps to the first
thermalling setting, the JS1 settled in nicely for a
short climb with a steady airspeed at about 50 kts -
I was impressed!
Cloudbase was low so I cruised along under several
closely spaced Cu and noticed first how quiet and
well sealed she was as I bumped along accelerating
to higher speeds with the push of the flap handle. A
couple of more short climbs - one to the left and
one to the right -and it was time to try some
stalls. A gentle stall was extremely benign with a
slight mushing of the controls.
abrupt nose up induced a slight shudder providing
some noticeable warning and then the expected
straight ahead nose drop. I tried a turning stall
but it was difficult to induce.
I set up for a normal pattern, checked the air
brakes and started down. All was normal and I ended
up with a slight slip as I worked to drop in over
some low trees and touch down and stop where Leo was
waiting. Keeping the speed up for the wind and
thinking of the trees, I was a little hot. The
glider set down nicely and the disc brake was quite
effective allowing me to stop just past my take-off
Leo and Bob Epp centered the glider on the runway
and I did another quick pattern tow as DB was eager
to get back to the shop (or lunch, not sure which).
A third tow and I was off to fly the rest of the
afternoon with a perma-grin on my face. Cloudbase
slowly rose to around 3,500 feet AGL and I was
cruising around the country-side enjoying the
Middle-Tennessee horse paddocks, the Jack Daniels
distillery, DB’s beautiful home and airfield. DB
called on the radio after an hour or so (I guess it
was after lunch) and came up with the 180 to shoot a
few air-to-air photos with Bob Epp.
Four hours later and numerous weak thermals under my
belt, I was very pleased with the JS1 and quite
comfortable flying her. I really look forward to
flying this new glider in the 18m Nationals which
begin in just a few days.
Bill Elliott [May 2008]