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It was a nice looking paddock - so I decided to park in it....

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Saturday looked much more promising than RASP suggested.  Proving once again that you shouldn't stay home because some aberrant modelling software package is having a bad day.

Sid was our dedicated tuggie while good ole' Logie did the instructing thing.  Jan insists that he is really a nice guy but we all know him much better than that.

The single seaters to take to the skies included David K (OKN), Clyde (ZDZ), Bill (KZ), and me (IZW).  It started a little slowly but then began to deliver with some nice climbs to 7,000' or better. David headed north while Clyde and I did the Killarney thing.  Old fox Bill was flying 'under the radar' until he passed me in opposite direction on his way back from Leyburn about 1,000' above (why is he always 1,000' above?).

Bill and I stayed together for a while but parted ways 'somewhere near Salinas Lord' (i'm losing it here - that was supposed to be Pittsworth).  That was my big mistake - I should have stayed behind the 'Silver-tailed devil' a bit longer as he obviously picked a better part of the sky to me.  Somehow from 8,000' to ground level near Freestone road I hardly got another bump.  I got to look rather too closely at several very wet looking paddocks before I plopped into one that was small but firm.

The next bit went something like this:

Me:           'ZDZ this IZW - I am in a paddock about 12km east of the airfield.

Clyde(to the distinct sound of a poorly muffled chortle):      'I'll see if I can get there this afternoon sometime after I have completed my flight, put the glider away, had some lunch, a cup of tea and a little nap'.

Before Clyde and Andrew finally arrived, the entire population of Freestone Road must have visited me for a chat and 'are you sure your'e OK'.  

One of my strongest criticisms of my gliding is that I simply don't outland often enough.  I hope this has done something to correct that trend.

While all this was going on Slutsky was taking a check flight and MOB was busy getting BK back into service.

David K was pretty chuffed when it looked like he had top scored for Qld on the day with 287km.  That was until Alan Barnes posted a whopping 767km out of DDSC in his LS-8 (just to make us all look rather silly).  

Sunday looked even better than the day before.  Sadly I had to pay penance for my sins by sitting it out in the tug.  

Clyde took up a visitor for an AEF and then hopped into ZDZ for two days of gliding extravaganza.  Others in single seaters included Stu L (SL), Scottie (AC), Val (KZ), Denis (OKN) and later in the day it was MOB (BK) and Paul Hogan (PU).  Mal Williams - visitor from Canberra gliding club - went for a run around the delightful skies in the PeeWee with Erich the Red.

Bill did a great job of helping with the launches and then with refuelling and cleaning the tug at the close of play.

Late in the afternoon two of the Boonah chappies arrived with Erich's Duo Discus in readiness for our Easter Regatta.

Don't forget that there will be lots of fun to be had over the entire Easter period.  Ring Erich if you want to find out more.

 

 
 
I did tell you it was a nice paddock.  And look at that delightful sky that I managed to drop out of.....
 
 
It takes three to rig an ASW 20.  Notice that number 4 -the biggest, strongest dude - is doing nothing but giving advice.
 
 
I was briefly in South Australia the other day.  Naturally a quick visit to a gliding club was in order.
Anybody recognise this call-sign?
I seem to recall doing 300k in this old girl a few years back when she was proudly owned by Rodney Rude.
 
 

On closing, I came across this today.  If you look closely you just might recognise the author as our 'internationally famed aviation accident psychologist'.  Well worth a read.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/flight-4u9525-the-locked-cockpit-rule-has-worked-against-us-20150328-1m9mma.html

 

 

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