Due to no visitors today, caused by a cancellation by naval personnel due to the exigencies of the service, and no other visitors, no trainees either, the Wednesday Wavers had the club to ourselves.
Mike Jardine gave the weather and morning brief; fairly calm, overcast with the wind from the south east building gently during the day followed rain by the time it was dark. After a few admin notices Peter, prophetically, mentioned that the Puchacz flight manual listed crosswind limits which might curtail flying during the afternoon if the wind strengthened.
Before its daily inspection the placard in the Astir CS77 was treated to Dynotape labels with the min and max pilot loads in Kgs and the dual-knotted yaw string reduced to a more manageable (Ed: And sensitive) single length of red wool.
|The Astir CS77 after its Daily Inspection (Ed: Note shiny red tail dolly)|
|Trailer park fettling (Ed: And boy do these K-6s need a lot of fettling!)|
After considering the conditions, which were going to be challenging for a K-13 too, Mike decided to stop flying operations. Meanwhile the wind strength was increasing further. So the launch point was packed up and the two two-seaters, and the winch brought were back to the clubhouse.
|The Puchacz suitably chocked after its short flight|
A committee of taste (Ed: That's a highfalutin name for you and Peter contemplating life on the hangar apron) considered that the Puchacz wouldn't fit and that FGR's fuselage needed to be placed along the back wall behind FSD in hangar position one. Positioning the various components parts and location of the gliders when we packed the hangar required some in depth thought. So with the tea made all retired to the clubhouse for lunch and some
sinking thinking (Ed: "This is the German Coastguard what are you thinking about?").
|FGR being derigged for its annual inspection|
After lunch Jamie Steel came up to fly (Ed: But yet again we weren't due to the weather) so he discussed with me the arrangements for our navy flying package in the New Year.
Andy Davey brought two belly dollies to the club today and we trial fitted to the Puchacz The better fitting will be loaned to the club and will be used for fitting out our AMF trailer (Ed: Thank's Andy).
|Andy's long term loan to the club (Ed: I can see the need for some red paint on the horizon)|
Today the Wednesday Wavers were thwarted but not downbeat. "We will get to fly. We will get to fly." Repeat after me. "We will get to fly."