Today was the first Sunday outing for Barry Green’s Alisport Silent Targa (silent it ain’t!) – an Italian built ultralight self-launcher with a 13.3m span and 50hp engine. Sharp eyed observers of the accompanying photos will already have noticed that the Silent has a single bladed propeller – the reason for it being..? Barry launched at 1230 and very soon had the engine shut down as a grey mass of cloud kept him aloft for over an hour.
|Barry Green’s self-launching Silent Targa…|
|…and away he goes!|
|Busy launch queue under a promising sky.|
|Andrew Downton (no relation) looks happy to be flying with Roger|
|Visitor Roger Giles receiving his pre-flight brief.|
So what of the stats? Flight of the Day went to Steve Fletcher with 37 mins in the Open Cirrus, closely followed by Henry Ford, visiting from Mendip, who on the last flight of the day found a convergence zone which took him almost to Roadford Reservoir, thus proving that the armchair pilot, as ever, was right: today the direction to go was north.
Thanks are due to Dave Downton and Barry Green for winching, and to Allan Holland for freeing the brakes when they mysteriously seized up.
By the time we had put the hurdle fence back up I think everyone agreed it had been a challenging but enjoyable day.