Wednesday 31st October

Wouldn’t want to meet one of the moles responsible for those mole hills

What a splendid end to an exceptional month.  Despite the shorter day (thanks to the clock slipping back over the previous weekend) and, for most of the day,  operating on a single cable and a large tractor and trailer hauling earth (or something) from one end of the field to the other we clocked up an impressive 40 launches.  Between Ken P, Peter E and myself we kept all 3 2-seaters busy.  Thanks to the retrieve drivers being ready to collect the single cable we maintained a good launch rate.  Mainly a day for circuits but Rob Jarvis proved there was some soaring to be had with his 26 minutes.  Ken R made a determined effort to better that and clocked up 33 minutes – however, that was off two launches with one of them at 22 minutes.  Just 6 of the 40 launches got into double digit flying time.  My flight with Darren McK was particularly memorable.  He followed a red kite down a cloud street and we slowly crept up on it and overtook it very close by.  Probably the best view of a kite I’ve experienced (and I’ve flown with kites lots).  Unfortunately, my ‘phone was buried underneath my Ozee so not possible to get at it in time to take a photo.

Big thanks to Colin B for fixing the defective guillotine and Chris H for fixing another leg on the launch point wagon.  Stan O moved up market with his bargain buns – this time from Waitrose.

Over the month we clocked up a record breaking (for October) 14 flying days (previous best 11) and 371 launches (previous best 252).  However, total flying time was 57:34, only the 3rd best (best was 71:12),  Unfortunately, November is trying to compensate starting with 2 non-flying days and 3rd day is currently looking not at all promising

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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