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Dear all,

Yes it was a great weekend.  On Saturday I arrived (on my way back from Sth Australia) to find Sid in the tug and Logie in the back seat of the PeeWee.  I took over the tug for a while so that Sid could go gliding then we swapped roles again.  Although I did not launch until almost 2 pm it was top afternoon and I was left lamenting the lack of fellow cross country pilots to fly with.  In a bit over a couple of hours I managed around 185km.

Brad was there putting his homebuilt aircraft together ready for its first flight.  Very impressive Brad.  You should be rightly proud of your efforts.

Sunday was brilliant with a much better turnout.  Val did the honours in the tug and Owen was the instructor for the day. Andres(WR) and MOB(BK) got going quickly and headed north towards DDSC. Nigel(WA) and I(ZDZ) left a little later but the sky looked a treat towards the west and we trekked in the general direction of Millmerran thence Cecil Plains.  Nige was just great leading the way and stopping from time to time to allow me to catch up a few turns as required.  I reckon the days top score should go to him:-).  For the first 50 or 60 km we hardly made a turn.

During the afternoon we could hear Stew Hamey in Oscar Whiskey also enjoying the great conditions.

Nige and I flew together as far as DDSC but then parted ways.  For me the ranges looked good and delivered. at the end it was 100 knots plus to get home without being too high.  The steeting was a treat.  Nige however headed west again and I only met up with him late in the day as we crossed paths between Leyburn and the ranges.

Meanwhile........back at the camp..........Brad was busy assembling the Bearhawk and Denis Nolan was finally getting their new Discus into the air.  From 200KM out we could see him grinning from ear to ear.

A remarkable and unexpected weekend for early August (still technically winter).  You gotta be there to make the most of it!

'Bearhawk Brad' busily fitting the tow hook to the back of the new machine - I want first launch Bradley...

Not sure about the call sign mate :-)

Logie is evangelistic in his role as instructor - 'Hallelujah brother' we shall commit aviation together and 'praise the lord' for what we are about to receive..........

At the end of a great day Denis Nolan put his baby to bed.  What a happy chappie...........

 

 

 

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