Wednesdays 5th & 12th February

There are distinct advantages in not being burdened by “work” – one gets to fly on a Wednesday and even soar.

On the 5th Bill C and Paul P took the 3rd and 4th launch but didn’t return immediately clocking up 25 and 21 minutes respectively.  A little later Tony P pipped that with 30 minutes but it was Ken R in the Vega that was soaring god of the day with 34 minutes.  James H wheeled out the winch that had the transmission problems.  Having tested it launching tyres it was time to try something a bit more challenging.  First off was yours truly in the K8, 1,600′ launch but I found a way to loose height quickly to get back down in order to see how it faired with a Puchacz.  Ken R was already settled into the Puchacz so I jumped in to provide a bit more ballast.  Launch was fine and the winch declared fit for service.  A huge, huge thanks to James H (and assistants) for getting us to nirvana (i.e. 2 operational winches).  28 launches clocked over the day.

Strangely, Saturday was flyable (but reportedly somewhat sporting) with Bob S forgetting to return to earth for 39 minutes.  There were a few other extended flights but none even got to half of Bob’s time.  26 launches.  Normal weekend flyability resumed on Sunday with a storm.

Who needs a tree surgeon when there’s a storm available

Thanks to Bill C handily having his chain saw in his car the fallen branches got chopped into draggable bits and the early birds at the club cleared the track.  Another “sporting” day with 2-up flying being the order of the day – until towards the end of flying after a rain shower passed it got a lot calmer.  A modest 16 launches with only one extended flight (Martin S with 12 minutes).  A few SUGC members were able to take advantage of few (or no) lectures to come and fly.

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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