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27
May

PW-6 is back !

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Our PW-6 has been out of action since it's ant-hill mishap in late January when it sustained significant damage. Thanks to the hard effort of our AWO Stuart Lutton and our glider repairer Roger Bond it finally returned to Warwick on Saturday 25 May. The rigging was very straightforward and it was DI'd ready for use. It was down to Denis Nolan and myself to do the evaluation flight. There wasn't a breath of wind, a fair bit of cirrus with a few wisps of cumulus here and there.

9 KT NIGEL was kind enough to tow us towards Bony Mountain with a high tow and we got off in light lift. I had forgotten just how nice the PW-6 is to fly. You can fly it with your fingertips, a perfect glider to train in as you really get to feel the lift get still very forgiving of any novice. We did the stall, spin and upto VNE test and it felt perfect. What I did notice was how quiet the front seat is with the new replacement canopy, a perfect seal, better than the original! Thanks to Ian Linke and Roger Bond's great craftmanship.

There was some nice lift around and we connected into a beautiful 7-8kt thermal between Warwick and the Range getting up to 8,500ft. A great day for a week before winter and only 6 weeks to go to the middle of winter.

With Denis flying from the back seat he put the glider right in front of the taxiway a short distance from the hangar. A truely great evaluation flight which will stay in the memory for years. It is now back on line and ready for clubuse again so come out and get flying!

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