So instead of getting some valuable training flights in before the arrival of a stream of visitors, our trainees had to play a waiting game until much later in the day – which, although part of gliding, is unfortunate and sometimes more than a bit frustrating.
Once the rain cleared and the wind steadied from just east of south, thermic activity began to take place. And with came an increase in windspeed and gusts, making final approaches quite tricky and providing some excellent spectator sport!
After a couple of re-lights, Roger Appleboom (K-6) managed to find cloudbase at 2,000ft agl (see photo), and set off for Okehampton under cumulus that was beginning to street. Once there he very wisely decided not to push on, and began a very long row back to base.
|Cloud streeting...: |
The view from Roger Appleboom’s cockpit at 2,000ft as he headed for Okehampton.
|Robin’s field landing: “How did he get it in so near the hedge?” |
Robin Wilson and Allan Holland de-rig the K-6 after Robin’s field landing.
|One Day Course visitor was medical student Georgina Covell.|
|Visitor Steve Wickenden: this was his SEVENTH time of booking – |
two flights later he was very happy
|Visitor Tim Baxter with IFP Peter Howarth.|
|Visitor James Inchley being briefed by Martin Cropper.|
At the other end of the airfield, Paula Howarth received winch training from Rick Wiles, whilst Barry Green and Heather Horswill also provided the end-to-end supply chain of launches and cables.
So, after a late start, and no club single-seaters in the air (the cross wind was out of limits for the K-8), 29 launches in all was no mean achievement – and with some strong lift and well organised thermals along the way – an enjoyable one as well...