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Another great weekend of soaring...

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Saturday looked promising and the descent from Mundubbera (from FL110) started to get bumpy through around 4,500' at 9am - this should be good I thought.

Erich 'the red' did the instructing in his truly professional way while Brad started the towing operations.  Later on Val took over this role so that Brad could take some friends up for a flight.  

Jason Turner, by all accounts is progressing well and did lots of circuits and emergency procedures.  In amongst this Noel managed an out landing check at Talgai in preparation for going cross country.  It is noteworthy that Jason was this weekend attended by Kirsty (his better 85%).

It was really great to see David Wright back after a very long time (he and Erich drove up together). Now that he has sold his business we are counting on having him grace us with his presence much more frequently in the future.

We were also very pleased to get a new member in Angela Wayland.  Angela has recently been transferred to Amberley and already has some aviation experience flying RAA.  As always please go out of your way to make new members feel welcome at our club and help them to 'find their feet'.

Cross country flights on Saturday included 'Yours truly' (ZDZ), Lucky Phil (KJ), Michael O'Brien (BK), Bill Wilkinson (OT), George Brown (IIY). David Kinlan and Denis Nolan shared the Astir (WUN) and were variously heard reporting from Pittsworth and near Killarney.  It was a great afternoon's soaring and Phil & I enjoyed flights of around 475km each.

Late in the day Erich and David Wright enjoyed a great flight in the PeeWee to get David back into 'the swing of things'.

 Meanwhile Peter Plunkett was beavering away with finishing touches to our new patio area (henceforth to be known as the 'Peter Plunkett Pavilion' (I'm a poet and didn't know it)...

Sunday, as is often the case was quite a different day.  $lutsky rang early suggesting it was going to be a boomer (at that point I should have become suspicious…)

Dan Atkinson turned up with his dad Jim to get a check flight in the PeeWee and then to take Jim for a flight.  Daniel Lonergan arrived with his parents and managed to jump into the Puchatek.  Ryan Braedley was also present to keep Erich busy.

Phil, Dan and Val shared launching in WPS. (Val was to fly OT but complained bitterly of a mouse smell in the discus (fishy… very fishy).

Dan P (ZDZ), David Bull (XBY) and George Brown (IIY (without the hump)) all headed off towards Dalby (God knows why).  Les tried a couple of launches but (sensibly) decided today was not the day.  We did make it there and back (I whimped out by turning at DDSC). Each of us got low and David in particular (down to 700' near Pittsworth) was especially pleased to get home.

Don't forget next weekend is 'in the words of our illustrious VP' (Lucky Phil) is going orrf!!!

Be there or be square.

Catch you soon.


Daniel Lonergan in the Puchatek takes a check flight with Erich before going it alone.

Lucky Phil (KJ) and I share the same thermal somewhere Oakey...

Late in the day I snap Nigel's house at Killarney - Nige is nowhere to be seen - probably having a nap.

Les does her very best to keep up with the latest in Women'g gliding fashion..

Erich (the red), Ryan Braedley and David Wright at the PeeWee.