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Direct To: Lift Factories



Did you know there are factories that produce lift? We took a trip looking for them in the mountains of Colorado. Listen in to what we found...

The Story For Podcast #3

Most pilots, like us, are used to having an engine on the front of their plane. But there's a whole world of non-powered flight, and we wanted to learn more about it. So we headed out to the Boulder glider field to talk to the local gliding experts. We learned about how they keep themselves airborne for hours a time, and the different types of lift that keep them aloft.

You can read more about thermals and the boundary layer in Dr. Wayne Angevine's paper here.

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Aleks Udris

Aleks is a Boldmethod co-founder and technical director. He's worked in safety and operations in the airline industry, and was a flight instructor and course manager for the University of North Dakota. You can reach him at

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