TOPIC: “13.5 Meter World Championships:New Gliders, Electric Power, and Team Flying”
Tony Condon started soaring while in college in Iowa in his trusty Cherokee II. He eventually made flights of 100 miles with many off airport landings and earning the nickname “The Cherokee Kid.” After moving to Wichita, Kansas, he joined the Kansas Soaring Association and flew his Gold Distance in the Cherokee II, as well as a Region 10 contest. This contest set the hook for contest flying. With a step up in performance in a Standard Cirrus, his flights became longer and he achieved his Diamond Goal and Distance and a 525-mile free distance flight in 2014.
In the 2014 Sports Class Nationals he flew a borrowed Apis to qualify for the US team in the 13.5 Meter Class. In April 2015 Tony competed in the Pan American Gliding Championships in Tennessee. This past summer he flew a Silent 2 Electro at the 13.5 Meter World Championships, placing 9th overall and 3rd in the Team Cup. Tony is an active CFIG, tow pilot, and president of the Kansas Soaring Association.
He has an Aerospace Engineering degree from Iowa State University and works in Wichita as a Flight Instructor.