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After the rain....

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Yes, we did get some rain over the last few days.  Some of our members even decided to 'bugger off' to seemingly greener pastures (shame on you Stu and George - we expect nothing less than 750k flights from each of you now that you are in Narromine).

However, in spite of the damp, things aint looking so bad.  The day started very quietly with just Erich and me getting things prepared and hoping for some starters.  Erich has replaced the radiator in the tractor and tried valiantly to get some slashing done (the grass is naturally quite long).  The tractor however failed to cooperate and after a couple of useful runs up and down the eastern launch point decided to give up the ghost (a working bee is planned early tomorrow to try to rectify this).

On Wednesday afternoon, with the generous help of Kelvin Hutchinson - Erich, NIge and I managed to ring the Duo Discus from Boonah.  This was a surprisingly easy task and thanks heaps to those who helped make it so.

The arrival of the Duo (thanks for coordinating this Erich) is a fabulous opportunity for all our members to upgrade their cross-county skills and to fly serious cross country with a companion (always a great thing).

The deal is that our club members (once approved) are able to fly this magnificent machine if they wish.  Boonah club members are naturally encouraged to come to Warwick to fly it and will get first preference.  This should be an excellent outcome for both clubs.

This arrangement will remain under review and may be withdrawn if we do not utilise it enough.  Have a chat to Erich to get some experience in this piece of 'fantastic plastic'.

I can't say exactly how the next few days will pan out but I can say that if you make the effort to get here you will enjoy yourself.  Today there were smooth 4 knot climbs to 6,500' and glorious soaring to be had.

'Be there or be square...'


Noel & Erich about to take a launch in the Duo Discus (note the 'turbo tag')  They were smiling even more after landing some 2.5 hours later so things must have been pretty good.

Bill took his first flight in their recent acquisition - a smart LS-8.  He has put a lot of work into preparing it and, knowing Bill, it will continue to get attention until it is perfect.

Meanwhile, I took up Noel's 'son in law' Geoff (or at least that is the rumour) and his daughter Christine for a punt around the skies near Warwick.

As always the PeeWee performed flawlessly and was an absolute pleasure.

Late this arvo' Greg Wilson turned up - 'on ya greg'.  Let's get some serious soaring happening real soon.

Make sure you get here pronto.