When I arrived at the club the duty instructor was coming back from his morning inspection of the airfield only to report that the centre track was awash, a veritable river. This wasn’t unexpected as the culverts draining the airfield, and the hangar apron, into the ditch alongside the road were in full spate. So today was to be a non-flying day which was reinforced by some regular heavy showers throughout the day to remind us.
However, despite the appalling weather early this morning, despite blockages on the A30, despite fallen trees, and despite copious amounts of standing water on the back roads that engulfed windscreens with spray, the hangar elves turned up and engaged in a myriad of activities on the site.
|How many elves can you spot in the hangar?|
The glider instrument holdings were rationalised and the excess will be carefully packaged and sent for evaluation and sale.
The SF-27's belly was coated with a snazzy white gel coat and the repair to the pared-back wheel box continued apace (in a previous life the FS-27 had been a racing glider and had a lot of performance improving modifications that are not required on Dartmoor!). However, copious use of a heat gun was required to raise the ambient temperature in the hangar to be able to work the glass fibre. Plans have been formulated for a GRP tail dolly to improve the ground handling of this heavy-tailed glider.
|The Chief Elf mixing up some magic potion for the SF-27|
K-13 wheel hub was shod with an inner and outer tube and added to the tyre cabinet as another spare.
|These busy elves declared themselves not tyred (Ed: Groan!) in the slightest.|
|The blue K-13 receiving sparkle dust from an elf.|