On 2nd April 2017, I captured an ultra- low cable break on my video camera mounted on our Zugvogel. I was hoping for a soaring flight, but as you will see due to the cable break had a very short flight.
All glider pilots are trained to cope with launch failures, or what we call cable breaks. On every winch launch when going up on the wire, you are thinking cable break. When you experience a cable break, it’s nose down, build up landing speed, on this day in the Zug it was 55kts, then decide,
1. Land ahead if in your judgement it is safe to do so, or
2. An abbreviated circuit, i.e. turn to fly back towards the launch point, then turn in to land.