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Posted by mr ray | Feb 27, 2010 @ 09:25 PM | 1,945 Views
This is the GL before the new covering. As you can see in some of the photos it needed covering. I am the only member at our club that flies gliders so I get the whole outback to myself. It is a beautiful spot and really quiet most of the time. I have had a lucky break, a neighbour knows a friend that has 2 ultralight aircraft and he ask the other members of his airfield if it would be okay for me to fly there when they are not using it, they all said that would be fine with them. Big break for me as it is only a 5 min. drive from my house to th
eir field. I think I will be flying even more this year than last, hopefully. That's it for now. ...Ray
Posted by mr ray | Feb 27, 2010 @ 05:36 PM | 1,713 Views
Hi Everyone,
This is all new to me, both the flying and the computer. I just started flying in 2008 and it was the fuel engine planes and a really patient instructor called Ron that made me understand that it was possible for me to actually control a plane and realize that I was having fun doing it. Then one day Ron asked me if I wanted to fly his old Goldberg Electra glider. I was willing to fly anything as practice is what I needed and wanted. When I got that Electra up in the air and shut the motor off I don't know, it all of sudden seemed like this type of flying was a lot more enjoyable and fun. The quietness, and not having a motor hauling me around brought back the same feeling as when I use to sail a small boat. I started to smile and then laugh out loud, this gliding was way more fun (to me)! Since then I haven't flown a powered plane and have started to learn the ups and downs of being a glider guider. I have 4 gliders that fly and 1 that I bought cheap and 1 that was given to me and those both need a lot of work on them in order to make them airworthy.
Last summer is when I really started to learn a bit about flying gliders, I bought a hi-start and flew a Gentle Lady most of the year, and a Sophisticated Lady was added in the early fall. The first time I caught a thermal it was fantastic, I started circling like the books say to do and before I knew it that GL was about the size of the head of a thumb tack. I was in tears(it was a windy day)and shaking, I...Continue Reading