It was my duty IFP day, but in contrast to Scratch’s previous one (comprising over 6 flights) I had only one booking for 4pm. I duly did a stint on the winch to fill some of the time. I gather there had been some work done on the winch to alleviate some over speeding issues, and this was borne out by the absence of weak link breaks or wave-offs. Returning to the launch point around 1pm, I had a five-minute circuit in the K6 to check conditions (tricky) prior to my visitor Stephen Barratt arriving (one hour early) at 3pm for his Trial Flight. It was a 60th birthday present, so I wanted to extend the flight to make it more memorable. However, as with all gliding exploits, the weather intervened. With only 1000ft on the launch and choppy thermals, we were soon back on the ground. Stephen will return another day when hopefully conditions will be more suited to first time flyers.
|Stephen Barratt awaits his Trial Flight. |
I really must do something about my hat!
|“Straps tight in the front?” “Yessir!”|
|Robin Wilson and I in the K13 from Mike Jardine’s |
vantage point directly above the airfield.
|Gavin – sans headache, ready to take the north cable.|
|Pic is me flying over my house.|
|View of the Tamar from south of Tavistock|
|Scratch approaches for landing in the Cirrus|
|Phil H in the DG300 tracks along by the side of the convergence |
at 65 knots, still climbing!
|Mike B surveys the energy line to the north |
before his 25-minute soaring flight in the K6
|Robin and Mal awaiting a launch in the Twin Astir.|
Summarizing the day from an operational perspective it was undeniably a good day for launches and flight durations. Looking at Page 1 of the Log sheets there were 6 flights of over an hour in length. Provisional Flight of the Day goes to John Allen in the K6 with 2 hours 47 minutes - unless Page 2 says otherwise! Perhaps someone can corroborate this? The photo was taken from overhead Tavistock, at around 2600ft.
|John Allen's view from his K6|