|The offending wheel.|
We set about getting all the aircraft out of the hangar and readying the airfield for a good days flying. Our one day course student was Christopher Woodruffe who flew with me. He had to leave after 3 flights to go and care for his wife who is laid up at the moment. He will return shortly to complete the rest of his flights.
The lift locally was only short lived and our other solo pilots had to be content with extended circuits. Ed Borlase and Dave Downton in the K8. Josef Nobbs and Martin Broadway in the Zugvogel. Our newest solo pilot David Westcott had a couple of solo flights in the K13 after a check flight with me.
And to event three. On one of the retrieves, a loop developed on one drum of ML1. This resulted in the air line being fractured and rendered that drum out of action. We continued using the remaining drum whilst Phil Hardwick jury rigged a line to enable the cable to be wound in. In the mean time our engineering team of Martin, Colin and Phil brought ML2 on line which required swapping the batteries from the Gus winch and freeing a shackle from the rollers.
Only 19 flights today with 6 hours 56 minutes flying time. An average of 21 minutes a flight. Thanks to everyone for their winching, retrieving, engineering skills and general help running the field.