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22
Nov

Cross Country 20th November 2016 - Hindsight

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Weatherbomb indicated Sunday to be "the" day for the weekend.
Saturday was a mixed bag for flying. However, we had a nice combined BBQ with the Aero Club in the evening.

Pilots that logged their flights on OLC for Sunday:
(as listed on the map)
Noel / Erich - ASH25P BE (red)
Michael O'Brien - Discus A BK (yellow)
Scot Johnson - BG12a - GAC (green)
Laurie Simpkins - Open Cirrus MO (turquoise)
Peter Plunkett - Std Cirrus OW (blue)
Dan Papacek - Discus CS WA (Mr Pink)
Flew, but did not publish:
Clyde Stubbs - SZD55 ZDZ
Bill Wilkinson - LS8 15m IKZ
Brian Gilby - HPH 304

Task: Warwick - Tipton - Wyaga Strip - Warwick 340Km. FAI for the ASH; 30K circles for everyone else.
Parallel to scrub-line was the usable trigger between Tipton and Wyaga Strip. Scrub crossing perpendicular on final.
Airstrips between Warwick - Tipton and Tipton Wyaga Strip as well as freshly harvested paddocks (finally dry and land-able again).
An Ian Fleming thermal type day: shaken - not stirred. Even in the ASH Noel and myself got a few
"triggered by an Earthquake" thermal punches that indicated 12 knots momentarily on the open Richter scale.
Usually, it is nice and smooth in the big bird - not on that day. Everyone else got thrown around as well.
Day topped out around 9000ft. Slight shear @ 7500ft. Wind NE 14-17 Knots.
The overall averaging MCReady got up to over 4.6 knots for the good part of the day on XCSoar - apart from the roughness: what a day!

OLC is good for sharing flights but does not score realistically.
Best performance, when "scored" in SeeYou with task assigned: Laurie Simpkins
Awesome effort from Peter Plunkett - very nicely done!
Same for Dan!
Michael outed and returned on the first leg.
Scott checked out the condition of the Pittsworth airfield. Clyde gave him a hand with that.
Great effort by everyone!

In hindsight, I should have taken a final glide route South of track. CU's on that line.
We pushed "the button of shame" 60K's out, one and a half mistakes high - just in case the whipper snipper wouldn't fire up.
I also kept it running until I could have made it to Warwick with the engine out and not running.
(How did the saying go about 'old' and 'bold' pilots?)

Triangle courses are a nice challenge: different wind directions for each leg and flying into different air masses - great practice.
The airmass from the NNE kept things interesting with fast cycling CU's. North of the Toowomba line clouds were a bit more permanent.
Cirrostratus from the Southwest moved in slow enough and the boundary air created more permanent CU's to the South (the track I should have chosen).
Good conditions to the East of Warwick - just a bummer about the airspace. But it can be task'ed as well.
Let's see what the rest of Summer has in store for us.


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