Monday, 19 September 2016

Gliding 18th Sept 2016

A great day's soaring! John flew visiting pilots from the US, Amy and Barry, Both got soaring flights at the start of the day. Nick had 2 solo soaring flights in JW and Masato returned from Japan and had a quick flight with John.
Roland had the best flight, after driving the winch for for the start of the day he launched in VH and flew to Bannockburn and back, reaching 5000'.

We were very short on numbers, so a big thanks to everyone who helped keep us going. Derek drove the winch later in the day and Wills supervised everybody but never got a flight. We ended early to attend the planning meeting for Blossom festival fly-in, and had a pleasant beer and BBQ around 5pm.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Gliding 15th Sept

Roland and John were in need of a thermal fix so tried to fly today. But the day was looking a bit soft and it was hard to get enough hands at such short notice. John launched Roland (slow descent...) then Roland launched John. With Roland's guidence ("the hawks are to your left") John stayed up for a few minutes (but even the hawks were flapping at times). WIth stable air and sub-visable cirrus dulling the sky we decided to go back to work and try another time...

 Anyway, we're up and running for mid week. The winch went well except the radio aerial dropped off and can't be found. Thanks to Nick T for runnng the wings and Pete for a visit between work commitments. cheers JR

Friday, 9 September 2016

Gliding Sunday 4th Sept

Despite the rain early PM we manages some good gliding. Roland drove the winch and John instructed. Wills, Nick S,and Roland's son Michael all flew with John. Nick ended up having 2 solo flights including 15mins soaring when the sun came out.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Gliding Sunday 28th Aug 2016

Another westerly wave day. Roland drove the winch, Doug and Wills had a great wave flight in JW, down to Roxburgh, plus we had gliding friends Karen Morgan and Terry Jones fly with us. Nigel and Sheena (also glider pilots) visited but didn't fly. John had a wee wave flight and then drove the winch for a while so Roland could fly in JW.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Gliding Sunday 21st Aug 2016

Winching under dull skies. There was a decent northerly up top and at times it was gusty on the ground. A wee Jabiru flew in from Taieri, not ideal microlighting weather!

John flew KG for a change, the first flight for well over 2 months! He winched up into the rotor and eventually got into wave. It was cold and lumpy but he flew up to St Bathans and down to Roxburgh, about 200km in the 2 hour flight.

Doug and Nick flew JW. It was pretty rough towards the end and Nick got some good experience handling JW in these conditions. Many thanks to Roland for driving the winch.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Gliding Sunday 7th August 2016

A fine, cool and very muddy day out at the airfield. We started off with 4 aerotows (thanks Gary). Nick Sherlock got some good spin practice with John on the first flight, then another perfect circuit on the second, so he went solo on the third.

Wills did an aerotow and 3 winches with Doug. We knocked-off early for the AGM and headed down to Ferris Rd Brewery for drinks and pisa.