July Wednesdays

I’ve been a bit tardy with blog posts recently so an update for the last 3 Wednesday’s.


Difficult to remember that far back but from the log I see it was a busy day with the usual “Wednesday boys” flying during the day and the “progression group” taking over for the evening alongside a scout group.¬† Carol P and Phil M coming up with “fun things to do in a glider” and Ken R introducing the scouts to the delights of unpowered flying.¬† Not¬†particularly inspiring on the weather front with flights less than 35 minutes other than 2 exceptions.¬† Bill C with 52 minutes in a K13¬†and me scrapping 47 minutes in the LS3-17.¬† The duration of my flight was achieve only through sheer bloody-mindedness and stubbornness.¬† 30 folks flew clocking up¬†a total of 45 launches.


Another July with limited soaring opportunities (and a cross wind)¬†but on the second launch of the day Paul B stayed airborne for 29 minutes so we all got a bit more hopeful.¬† Despite our best efforts no one got even close that time so Paul left the field content with the day’s soaring crown.¬† What he didn’t is wait for the return of the gliders airborne at that time.¬† I had taken the¬†Puchacz as it was sitting neglected and there was a spare cable and Steve B had taken the Vega as it was a free launch after the 2 previous short circuits.¬† I returned after 34 minutes (thought the evening boys would be wanting their glider) and Steve after 35 minutes.

Peter E was kept occupied giving trial lessons to Penny (of Penny Post Рthe West Berks community website) and her 2 sons.  We also had a visit from our very own TV celebrity Bert Рback to prove he can still fly (and very good with the look-outs).  It was mentioned that the combined ages of the pilots in the photo was 171.


Another so-so day and a repeat of previous week with Paul B staying aloft¬†(this time off the first launch)¬†whilst others did circuits.¬† Paul clocked up 1:06 to try¬†secure the soaring god accolade.¬† However, not long after he landed Bill C and Ken R launched in their Duo and landed 1:07 later.¬† Chris K decided to practice flying from the back seat as he did the previous week.¬† Unlike the previous week the circuits didn’t have the same¬†“interest” factor.¬† Ken H tore himself away from maintenance jobs only to sit in the Vega and decide the sky did not look very promising.¬† Good call, suffice it to say that there won’t be a need to wash the gliders on Saturday.

No evening session so toys put away 16:00ish

About the Author: StephenO

Flies an LS3-17 (occasionally when not sitting in the back seat).
Promoter of gigs at ACE Space and presenter of Folk Ace on Kennet Radio.
How was it ever possible to fit in paid employment?

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