Dartmoor Gliding News-Saturday 7th December 2019

Well what can I say The weather gods seem to have a plan to keep our Saturday flyers on the ground. Today was no exception with very low cloud and fog making it difficult to see the runway letalone fly from it.

Runway in the mist
 Was the airfield deserted? No it was quite busy actually. In the clubhouse there was a well attended First Aid course which continued throughout the day. No offence, but I hope we don't need their newly acquired skills any time soon.

First Aid Course in full flow
Meanwhile, in the hangar, Scratch was busy repairing the hydraulic jacking mechanism on the Supercat winch which had managed to bend it's mounting brackets. By the end of the day this was better than new and, as a bonus, the locking mechanism on the towing hook from the Zetor tractor had been improved. Also in the hangar. Colin had continued with the fabric repair to HXP wing.

Welder at work. Scratch wrestling with part of the Supercat
Colin at work in the Hangar
On the airfield the surrounding areas have been searched for truant strops but none were found. Not a surprise really as the Supercat winch seems not to promote weak leak breakage.

Last Saturday, the members spent a happy couple of hours erect a new tool shed for all the ground working and gardening tools and Scratch fitted as new rear wheel hub to one of the quadbikes.

Scratch welding up the new wheel hub.
More welding? Bit of a theme here!
Outdoor toolshed
Hoping for better weather on a Saturday soon.


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