With the benefit of a strong team of early arrivers we got the first launch away just after 1000, and by 1045 had struck luck with our first soaring flight, by Pete Howarth in the K-8. The earliness of that event gives a hint of today’s instability: the cloud developed quickly, packed with lashings of energy, but then overdeveloped and in cases collapsed into showers before clearing and the whole process recycled. So for those who wanted soaring (such as Malcolm Wilton-Jones and Andy Davey) it was there to be had, but timing was of the essence and you had to work hard to stay in narrow bands of lift or get much above 1,600ft agl.
|Rich Roberts and Roger Green on the wire prior their acceptance flights – |
no pre-exam nerves there then..!
|CFI Mark Courtney with BI trainee Richard Roberts about to launch.|
|CFI Mark Courtney with wannabe BI Roger Green.|
|Mike Bennett straps in for some soaring training with Mark.|
Thanks go to all those who helped today, but most particularly to Dene 'Scratch' Hitchens who, having arrived early to carry out some vital welding on the Guslaunch, then went on to deliver flawless launches for the BI trainees before ‘disappearing’ early (some people put it another way…) without flying. Thanks, Scratch.
Today was a day when many and varied efforts were well rewarded and - did I forget to mention? - the wind was up and down the runway, all day. Now you don’t see many of those around here, do you..?