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Flying Report 10-11 October 2015

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Saturday - With a reasonable forecast for the weekend there was plenty of activity at the club. Jason Turner was out again working on getting solo again and Matt Anglim and Kaylee were out for the weekend enjoying what Warwick GC has to offer. 9K Nigel was tow pilot in TOJ which was on loan from the AAFC as Val and WPS were up at Kingaroy for the last day of the State Comps. Val and Bill retuned later on Saturday with WPS . We are very fortunate to have access to TOJ for times when WPS is otherwise engaged. Erich was instructing for the weekend and was kept busy. 9K’s forecast on the Friday was for good lift to +6,000ft and so it turned out.


David, Dan, Mal and Paul headed north to Dalby with Dan and Mal pushing onto Bell before turning for home. Peter Plunkett was out in OW and turned at Jimbour (good effort Peter the cirrus suits you!) with Phil starting late after his post Form 2 check in OP heading for Pittsworth and Millmerran. Scott took to the skies in the White Ant Express heading for Pitssworth and Leyburn. It was an interesting day on the Downs with everyone reporting that it was difficult to read the sky, the lift under the occasional clouds being deceptive it being often better in the blue. On the run home conditions actually got better probably due to convergence with the wind pushing in from the NE. Only Scott didn’t make it back landing out near Leyburn with his impromptu groundcrew only getting back to the airfield at 7.30pm luckily for them Dan thought ahead and brought them back a pizza for dinner.

Sunday - Tow pilot was Dieter Rosner (ably assisted by Sandra who did the record keeping for the day).

Conditions were a little testing early with Phil requiring a re-light (and Andres in the paddock). Andres (WR) - note this is the third time WR has been in a paddock in just over a week :-) The retrieve was ably carried out by Peter Plunkett and Jason Turner.


Most pilots went over to the ranges where conditions were very good. Matt and Dan had excellent flights scorching up and down the range as well as a run to Millmerran via Pittsworth. Late in the day everyone enjoyed some magnificent streeting to 9000’ that ran SW from Pratten for around 30 km or so.

 Other points of note: Erich flew a motorglider back to Byron Bay to complete its journey back from attending the morning glory in the gulf.

On ground duties Val and Peter Plunkett spent some time working on a plan for the power and lighting for the new hangar.

We have a new member Bernie who has moved south after many years at the gliding club based at Charters Towers. Bernie was CFI and also is a tow pilot and instructor. He has brought his Twin Astir to the club and is undertaking the Form 2 in readiness for putting it back in the air. Welcome Bernie!

So another good weekend in paradise. The BOM is now reporting a “Godzilla” El Nino for this summer so not good news for farmers with even worse drought the result but it should mean more flyable gliding days ahead.