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Weekend update

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Dear all,

Another great weekend at WGC - if you weren't there you missed something.

Saturday morning saw a great turnout for a morning briefing. Erich ran proceedings and those present included yours truly, Clyde, Peter P, Jason Turner, Greg W, Val, Bill, Denis Nolan, David Bull, Angela, Brad Lange, and Noel Tesch. We were also graced with the presence of David Wright (a long time member who is getting back into the sport).  Tony and Brian also turned up for the day in the motor glider from Byron Bay.

A task was set and Greg, David B, Val, Denis and I headed off pretty smartly.  Brad had to re-organise his day since Bill had kindly offered to fly the tug to allow him the opportunity to jump in the Pik. He was a little later getting airborne as a result.

What a top day - beautiful Cu development with climbs of 5-7 knots at times eventually to around 8,500'.  Greg, Dan & David posted on OLC with flights of around 350 km at better than 90kph (personal best for me as far as speed is concerned).

Back at the camp Jason was busy convincing Erich that he was ready to go solo in a single seater while Angela was also building her skills.  David Wright took a check flight in the PeeWee before taking a flight in the Discus.  I think I spotted the glint from the smile on his face as he landed - at the time I was just rounding the first turn point at Jimbour:-)

Noel and Brigid spent the day getting their new hangar all set up and comfortable.  Peter P couldn't hang around unfortunately as he had to head out to Chinchilla for a job he is working on.

That evening a whole bunch of us enjoyed a great impromptu barbecue under the new patio - what a great addition to the club!

Sunday looked promising according to all reports but sadly was not quite up to measure.

Clyde, Greg, David B, David Kinlan and Phil all made reasonable attempts at cross country flights but the set task was never really an option.  Phil S took the Cirrus up for its evaluation flight and Erich and Noel both took flights in the Libelle CJ.

Stew Hamey had designs on a 500k but had to be satisfied with something less this time.  Good on you for trying Stew - maybe again soon.  On landing Scottie (who had come along to crew for Stew) went for a flight in OW and I suspect he found that most pleasurable (one sweet glider).

Val did the launching while Erich instructed.  Adam Sinden continued his training under Erich's expert guidance.

The top news story for the weekend is that Jason Turner went for his first solo circuit in the Discus.  Congratulations Jason.


 Herr Kapitan gives us the drum on the weather and where we are expected to fly for the day - well done sir!


Some of the excited crew ready for serious flying..


David Wright about to jump in the Discus


A sampler of the sky on Saturday - these are the days we live for.


On Sunday Jason gets to go solo in the Discus - he is hooked…...