Earlier in the day we had welcomed Sophie Castle, with her family, from Exeter as our One Day Course student. Sophie flew 6 launches with IFP Richard Robert and Duty Instructor Peter Howarth, whilst her family explored the delights of Tavistock's Sunday Market. By the end of the day she was piloting DMX herself, using stick and rudder together, to the surprise and delight of the family upon their return..!
|One Day Course student Sophie Castle receiving her pre-flight briefing from IFP Rich Roberts|
Trainee pilots Dave Westcott, Ed Borlase, Phil Selwood and John Knight all found it to be a classic glider pilot's day: difficult to start with ('was that to the right or left?'), a struggle to centre in the thermal ('don't let it push you out!'), to increasingly assured lift above 1,500ft before being vacuumed towards cloudbase between 2,500-3,500ft. For our solo pilots the clear, not over-populated sky proved difficult to resist - particularly the challenge posed by the low hanging 'fruits' that was richly compensated for by the easy flying once you had got into 'the zone'. Flight of the Day went to no, not the aforesaid Roger Appleboom, or Adrian Irwin, who managed 1hr 10 mins in the Zugvögel, but most definitely to Pete Harvey who, launching in his Std Cirrus a little before 1545, and landing at 1758, secured the 2hr soaring flight necessary for his EASA Licence. Well done, Pete!
|Visitor Michael Hughes was treated to a 24 min soaring flight with Richard.|
|Visitor Alfred Lloyd, who flew with IFP Rich Roberts.|
|“You’ve got the glider on back to front!” |
Paula Howarth tries out the back seat while Instructor Dad Pete rides up front.