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Weekend Report

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The weekend delivered two quite disparate days.  Saturday offered good thermals - somewhat broken and hard to centre. Our cross-country hot-shots - Slutsky (SL), Andres (WR) and MOB all arrived together to make a grab for hotly contested WWCRAP points.  Ivor offered his services as tow pilot while Sid was instructing and offered several members the opportunity to undertake annual check flights.  I was one of those also enjoying the chance to experience some amazing aerobatic manoeuvres in the back seat of the PeeWee with Sid at the controls.  He is a true genius and I suggest any of you who have an interest in this aspect of gliding cajole him into taking you up for a fly.

There were attempts at cross country flights but apart from Nigel's 'close to' 70k, none of the others even bothered to upload their trace onto OLC.  Sadly they picked the wrong day......

I really did not expect much more from Sunday and indeed RASP was decidedly pessimistic that evening as we chomped on our pizza washed down with beer.

However..... 5-6 knot climbs, eventually to 8,000' meant that Sunday was one of those memorable winter gliding opportunities.  I am still buzzing with the thrill of that last thermal after 4pm - 5 knots to 7,000' - not at all bad.  Eventually I decided I really should come home so I could land before it got dark.

Carl managed a great flight in his new glider WUN.  This was his first flight in a single seater and with more than 3 hours in the air and climbs to 7000' he had a smile that was hard to disguise on landing.  John Fairbairn also had a great flight in the club Discus (WA).  John spent 4 hours 30 minutes in the air and has shown that he is clearly back into the sport.  Others enjoying the ideal conditions were Val (KZ), Ivor (WR) and Peter Plunkett (OW). 

Ivor did the post form 2 test flight for Carl before he took his new toy to the air.


Former member Shawn Leigh arrived unexpectedly in his Cessna 150 for a much overdue visit.

Of course those of you who did not make it to the gliding field this weekend will be expected to provide a note from your mum!