3 Wednesday’s In One

Been a bit tardy with the blog updates so here’s one posting covering the last three Wednesdays.

23rd October

Cloudbase at around 1,000′ but big gaps presenting the opportunity to launch in a clear patch above the cloud.  Short flights between 4 and 6 minutes but for one notable exception – Ken P and Sergi clocked up 16 minutes.  The previous weekend Mr Young, at 86 year old chap fund raising for his local hospice, finally got to fly (after very many failed attempts).  His first flight in any type of aircraft.  He enjoyed it so much he was back with a friend as he was convinced she would enjoy the experience.  He was right.

After morning lectures over a SUGC car load appeared early afternoon.  With 3 two-seaters on-line and more instructors around than you could shake a stick at, they all got a couple of flights.  23 launches in total.

30th October

A challenging due east cross wind but despite the absence of any wind on the nose launches up to 1,400′ were available.  A day when the only solo flights were taken by instructors.  A modest turnout but we still clocked up 14 launches.

6th November

Checking the weather daily for the 4 days before resulted in confusion.  Every time I looked at the forecast it had changed and forecasts from different sources rarely agreed.  Rain was expected but we cracked on to get everybody at least one flight.  A light sprinkling of rain convinced us the rain was finally about to arrive.  With the gliders safely back in the hangar it seemed we had been a bit premature packing up.  However, before we left the field the rain arrived.  16 launches with Paul P being the only person to achieved a double digit flight (a whole 11 minues!).

 

 

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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