The skies threw a bit of everything at us to entertain and amaze last weekend. The airfield swung into seasonal life once again. It was fun to mingle and swap stories with the Auckland crew that arrived to fly with us as they got familiar with our backyard. So far, a big bird tried escaping, the tow plane threatened strike action, I learnt the importance of hydrating your glider as well as yourself, and some people will do anything to avoid paying airfield landing fees. What a great start to the Club flying week.
Flight instructor – Jenny Wilkinson
Tow Pilot – Baptiste Harduin
The most popular day by far, the weather gave us 25 degree temps 10knot NE, good thermals and convergence. The grid was packed for a 24 flight day! Baptiste you’re a tank mate for soldiering through that many tows. Respect.
Jenny took care of our trial flight Russel Palmer and the student workload for the day. Students Beni, Tim, Luca and Sol all inching closer to their particular aviating mile markers. Progress is going well.
Colin got current again on the Janus after a year’s sabbatical.
The thirsty single seater Javelins were all gridded up and loaded with water ballast (Nick, Alex and Nigel) to bias the polar curves for some cross country action to Saint Arnauds and back. (Alex flight link)
The evening’s activities finally wound down at the debrief bar over drinks and a pleasant shared dinner.
Flight instructor – Mark Aldridge
Tow Pilot – Peter Chadwick
A striking contrast to the day prior. Wave and ridge conditions grew for those who were up early enough. With an excellent briefing on high wind landings from Bruce Cooper and Mark Aldridge, only 2 good flights were managed for the day due to the tow plane being grounded for a few hours from a defect discovered on the daily inspection by eagle eye Pete.
Once rectified the two lucky birds (Duo Discus and the Janus) were towed aloft although rodeo style due to the ground winds really picking up. Aprompt call to stop further flights that afternoon for safety reasons dashed the hopes of our newest student aviators who were threshold staged and patiently waiting all day for their turn.
That left classroom theory which at least got something signed off on the training syllabus for their trouble.
If you are ever looking for opportunities to get under the hood so to speak and more familiar with gliders, email Mike and ask him when the next annual inspections are. He appreciates the help and is generous in sharing his wealth of knowledge to anyone that shows interest.
There’s plenty more action to come. With the 3 day weekend finally arriving, weather wizards are watching the sky to make the most of the opportunity. Make sure you’re a part of it.
13th -17th Nov – CGC Members flying week
4th – 8th December – CGC Task week
26th Dec – 6th Jan – Omarama Summer CampSATURDAY PICTURES
Trial flight Russel Palmer off to see mount Russel
JK (John McCaw) and UZ (Nigel Maxley) hydrating on the I.V before a big trip
A glider named GRM
Colin reccurency flight on the Janus
John winging it over the country
Everyone waited patiently for their flight.
Mike, Beni and Niel fixing CC canopy latch and Some new CGC members recently shifted into Kraak control.
Wals landout in Springfield – Imagine Wals surprise when Elwood the blues brother turned up to rescue him.
Chow time 🙂
Oscar rabbit (OR) Heavy DI
Long Clouds flat Clouds
Annual inspection on JJ (cirrus)