More October

Weekend of 21st and 22nd maintained the October standard we have come to expect.  Thanks to duty debts Jim G was duty instructor on both days.  Saturday was a complete non-starter with a overly lively wind.  Jim’s reflections on Sunday follows:-

“First flight was a weather check and a half. Big mistake was letting Martin H fly the glider, he has a slightly higher pucker factor than me, I think both of us rounded out together! It was marginal when I let Nigel fly a newbie but as he took off the wind picked up even more. Comment from the ground was ooo didn’t he lose a lot of height getting to the hangar. This was followed by a rapid return to a downwind base leg and a final turn over our heads with a landing in dingly dell. Nigel mentioned that he didn’t managed to demo anything let alone hand over control. We measured a 22 knot gust while I was waiting for Nigel to be retrieved (the wind was gusting outside the glider as well?). Discretion seemed appropriate so I called a halt until the wind abated. Unfortunately the rain, that wasn’t forecast, turned up so we had to pack up. Nigel wasn’t very complimentary when I offered him my cable, (something like “not bloody flying in that again”).”

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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