Dartmoor Gliding News-Sunday 7th June 2020

With the unsettled weather continuing, today we were faced with an initial low cloud base, but was due to rise during the morning. We set the field up and prepared the K8 to start flying as soon as the weather allowed.

Grey skies over Brentor.
I took the first launch just after 10 O’clock and managed to find some reduced sink before landing after 9 minutes. Next into the K8 was Martin Cropper for his first flights since lockdown. He had three flights of seven, four and five minutes. He was very happy to be back in a glider again.

Martin doing pre-flight checks.
Hugh Gasgoyne, Phil Hardwick and Steve Fletcher each had two flights of varying length. The longest was a staggering 16 minutes by Phil finding the only bit of rising air today.

We were able to use the new tow-out modification on the pick-up. This was reasonably successful, but Scratch will have to put on his thinking cap to finalise the design and make it DGS proof.

New tow out rig.
Thank you to those who came to the airfield today. Only ten flights, but everybody flew who wanted to.

Peter Howarth

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