Wednesday 24th October

The flights may have been short but it was still a splendid day.  Unseasonably warm, lots of sunshine, a gentle breeze down the strip and Tony’s home baking (salted caramel chocolate cake) – what more could one ask for at this time of year?  OK, enough wind to kick-up against the ridge would have been an improvement.  With 4 SUGC skipping lectures the average age dropped significantly – not sure if Wednesday’s can now qualify as “old farts day”.

A choice of Fred Slingsby’s aircraft

Alan P and Paul P rigged their Swallow and EUF came back online (thanks to all the work done by Andy B and his glamorous assistants Bill C and James H).  With 4 instructors to hand (Ken P, Peter E, Colin B and myself) the 2 seaters were kept busy and we all got a lunch break (a different times!).  With the longest flights being a mere 9 minutes (Paul B and Rob J) we got in lots of launches – where “lots” = 44.  Those launches made October a record breaking month with the most launches in October.  Previous best being 2007 with 252 which compares to this months 284 (and there are still 3 possible flying days to fit in October).  However, in terms of flying time most of the Octobers in the last 10 years beat it.

The day ended with a rather fine sunset and for the drive home a big ole moon.


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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