007. Thermal Overload

Could the mass of the gliders in a thermal influence the climb rate?

It’s probably something you already experienced on very poor days: a large gaggle enters your weak climb. Subsequently, the climb rates drops to zero. That’s of course partly caused by the wider turns, and by the added nervosity that results in inefficient maneuvers.


But could it be that the actual weight of the gaggle halts the thermal as well?

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