|To bravely go?|
As John Rogers and I sat awaiting a launch with the glider weighed down with tyres and club members, I decided that enough was enough, so it was then a long ground run back to the safety of the hangar behind a Land Rover Discovery, with Ged providing some extra weight by sitting in the front cockpit.
|Shall we, shall we not?|
Having read about CFI Don and team's stocktaking and general tidying efforts last weekend, we were impressed (but rather bemused) by the way they had re-positioned the launch point caravan at a jaunty 45 degree angle to the runway. All very creative, but this innovation was obviously less-then-ideal visibility-wise, and we also found the radio battery flat. This was partly because of the way the solar panel was now angled away from the sun, but also because someone had left the radio plugged in and switched on. It was only later that Steve Lewis noticed a 15 metre-long gouge in the ground and realised that it was not Don but the gale which had moved the vehicle. (It is now back in its correct position, by the way.)
An encouraging trend on recent Wednesdays has been the presence of several temporary members who, having enjoyed one-day courses or trial lessons, keep on coming back for more, as well as some who 'take the plunge' and become full members. Recent recruits have included John Rogers and Adrian Pike, and today we were pleased to welcome back Stephen Fletcher. Stephen, who lives at Dousland, enjoyed a one-day course with Steve Lewis a week ago, and was so enthused that today he not only joined the club, but signed up for 'fixed price to solo' training. Welcome aboard, Stephen!
Refusing to be deterred by the weather, Stephen and Jorg Beasley (the latter arriving too late to fly) ended their training day with sessions in the simulator.