A strong wind warning in place for early morning but moderating, we took a leisurely approach to getting things ready. The SF27 fresh from it’s CofA and ARC was given a thorough daily inspection by Malcolm ready for a test flight.
|SF27 ready for daily inspection.|
Next to launch was Malcolm in the SF27 on it’s test flight.
|Malcolm launching in the SF27|
While this was happening John O’Connell got ready for his training flights with me in the K13. Three flights and an unplanned demonstration of a launch failure procedure helped him with his progress.
News from the hangar that a ventilation pipe in the nose of the SF27 was causing the restriction of the rudder pedals. This was removed pending a modified pipe to be fitted. We were asked if the aircraft was required back at the launch point. Unfortunately the winch had suffered a mechanical failure. A broken alternator belt needed replacing. With no spare it was decided to stop flying.
With two cables on the field we were able to launch two gliders. I jumped into my Astir G-CFCJ and Steve Fletcher in his Open Cirrus G-CCGY. I managed an extended flight of 12 minutes, but Steve took flight of the day with 40 minutes.
|Steve launching the Open Cirrus|