For example, you wouldn’t expect them to upend the bulk diesel tank just in order to fill a jerry can, would you? Particularly when there was every possibility of there being enough fuel in the winch tank already? And you wouldn’t expect them to chortle away that they were getting every drop out of what had been delivered, even if it did look a ‘bit iffy’, and then upend that jerry can full into the winch tank, would you?
No, you wouldn’t. But, armed with in excess of 30 years combined membership, that is exactly what they did.
An hour later, the completely predictable result occurred as Darren Wills converted the K-8 into the full climb when the winch engine gave a cough, a large cloud of white smoke emanated from the exhaust, and it died. Who said you can’t have a launch failure due to fuel starvation..! (Fuel contamination more like...)
Thus what should have been the start to a very promising day, with bright sunshine and a light southerly raising the prospect of fourteen year old Andrew Swann being able to make his first solo, turned into a very slow and embarrassing beginning.
Fortunately, and thanks to the many hours of work put in by Rick Wiles and his industrious team, the Guslaunch, newly re-engined, was – as of yesterday - available as an alternative and, after 45 minutes or so of totally harmonious teamwork, was in place and ready to launch.
|Andrew waiting in the K13|
|CFI Don Puttock congratulates 14 year old Andrew on his first solo|
|Wings make good umbrellas too|
|Winch drivers view as the next rain storm arrives|
|Andrew and Granddad Mike|