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Better late than never...

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Better late than never - a report from last weekend....

Saturday was beset by showers.  That did not stop several launches in the PeeWee and a few hardy soldiers who took a solo launch.  I was one of them as IZW (back after a form 2 and a very nice re-finish to the wings) was due for a test flight.  Ole' Bearhawk Brad gave me a bucking and weaving launch to 4,000'.  The rain came bucketing down along with me and the glider.  A very short flight.  There had however been some surprisingly good lift earlier in the day. Phil & Gerry used up much of it in the PeeWee.

Later that afternoon we held a very productive committee meeting.  Don't forget that all are welcome to these events.

Our Christmas Dinner followed with a typically sumptuous meal put together by Val, Les and several of Santa's helpers.  We enjoyed an excellent evening with great food and equally great company.  Afterwards our visitor Bernard Eckey, offered insight into his thoughts on how we can get the most out of our cross country flying.  It was an enjoyable, casual and most informative presentation.

Sunday was better than forecast.  Slutsky, and I tried our best to head north but struggled in weak lift under unpredictable clouds (teasers).  After a gruelling effort towards Clifton and beyond, we limped home, tails between our legs.  Back at base - George was onto his second 'relight' having used the iron thermal twice to remain airborne.  The three of us made our way to the ranges.  After sometime the day suddenly came good.  A nice run to Killarney, Wyreema and then back along the ranges to Killarney again before returning home.  A most enjoyable afternoon with around 260 km under the belt.

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 Clyde, Val, Brigid and Noel enjoy fine food and Christmas cheer.

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 Phil is thinking of Omarama (or is it of what Santa might bring tonight:-)

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 Bernard gives some tips on how to fly in cloud (the sun doesn't shine in Cambridge)

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 Noel prepares for launch with a mean looking sky behind.

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"Now Gerry, the next landing is going to be SHORT - got it!!"

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I fill up the 'old girl' before heading home.  A great new fuel facility for Warwick aerodrome!

 

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