“If we’d had a Model Flying Club and were spitting distance from a one-in-a-million slope, we might well have done better in school in our short time there.” This photo, by our friend Jurek Markiton, triggered the memories which were the inspiration for this article.

In The Air

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

Dear Mr. Stubblebine

In the April, 2022 issue as part of my In The Air editorial, I wrote a section entitled Are Medium’s Days Numbered? Prefacing that, I did my best to scare off readers with the comment “it’s pretty techy, nuts-n-bolts, rattle-in-the-engine-room, Inside Baseball kind of stuff.” I really hope that most decided to continue with the material that was really interesting (like the article which followed and virtually everything else in that issue) but for the few that persevered, there’s something of a postscript. The TL;DR version is that Medium’s new CEO, Tony Stubblebine asked me (and to be honest, undoubtedly thousands of their other users) what I thought of the service that he now leads as chief executive.


  • It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year — Turns out the soundtrack wasn’t the “big, brassy Andy Williams arrangement” of It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, but it doesn’t matter — comedically, the ad still works in spades.
  • The Trailing Edge — The key photo for this article was provided by Jonathan Demery, who leads some great RC soaring programs at St. David’s College at Llandudno, Wales. In this article you’ll find some additional commentary on these excellent extra-curricular programs.
  • The Aerodynamics of a DLG Unravelled — The classic article on discus launched gliders by co-authors Theo Volkers and Tjarko van Empel.
  • In The Air — The “techy, nuts-n-bolts, rattle-in-the-engine-room, Inside Baseball kind of stuff” that set the stage for…
  • Dear Mr. Stubblebine — Terence C. Gannon’s open letter to Tony Stubblebine, the new CEO of Medium, the platform on which the New RCSD is published.



RC Soaring Digest (RCSD) is a reader-written monthly publication for the RC sailplane enthusiast and has been published since 1984.

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