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My First Comp - Goondiwindi 2013

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Goondiwindi Easter Comp 2013 

I was fortunate enough before the competition to place myself in the front seat of the PW-6U with (who I believe is one of the best coaches around) Erich Wittstock. I was looking forward to this comp for months before-hand, and what a great comp it was! I was also lucky enough to accompany Graham 'Guts' Logan (appropriate nickname I reckon) on the ferry to and from Gundi behind Val in WPS. On arrival to Gundi, the wait was on for My Nan Jan to arrive... Graham and I were both surprised that she had arrived well before the 1.5 day ETA!  (Also, Thanks Nigel - for ferrying out the club parachutes).

I not only refined my flying skills with Erich that week but also learn't a lot about thermalling, planning ahead, good decision making, weather patterns - and further practiced things like feeling what the air is doing instead of studying the variometer; down to the point where I could thermal effectively without the audio-vario at all. Everything I learned will definitely improve my XC flying and I can't wait to use them in WA.

(The PW-6 turned many heads at the comp and after flying almost 17 hours in it over the week, I think the club has got a great training aircraft with good XC capabilities). 

Erich is a fantastic coach and I would seriously recommend any pilot (experienced or not) to ask him about anything to do with cross-country; I'm sure he can help!

The week was full of highlights and I would love to congratulate every single person that contributed to running such a successful week. Special thanks to Nan for being myself and Graham's taxi service for the week - free of charge!

Can't wait for the WWC 2013!!!

Regards, Dan Atkinson.




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    Admin user Sunday, 14 April 2013

    Dan, you did exceptionally well for the 10 days you were out at Gundi.

    And congratulations for making it onto the winners podium.

    For those of you who are not aware, Dan put in a outstanding effort. He was out at the Airfield by 06:45 daily helping with the PW's DI and readying it for the daily onslaught of AEF's. From there it was down to the clubhouse for the daily briefings, then off into the "blue yonder" with Eric, with his day eventually coming to an end well after 18:00.

    All in all, a big day.

  • Daniel Atkinson
    Daniel Atkinson Sunday, 14 April 2013

    Thankyou very much Leigh,

    Not to mention how much effort you contributed to ensuring that the daily procedures and ground-work ran smoothly, all day, every day.
    Your help was much appreciated by many people!

    Thanks Leigh,

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