Tuesday was a day that exemplifies, to me, what this great activity is all about. I wish I could wax poetic about my experience but, alas, I will make an attempt to describe the enjoyment of this day. What a day!
Early up and out is always the best welcome to a day of soaring but typical life duties called and thus we got started about 10:30am. Setting up the winch the air felt active and light with a whisper of wind coming out of the east but I decided to go ahead and launch into the prevailing west. If anything it would be good practice for downwind launches and then I could land back towards the flight line. Simple. Only one other pilot was to join me for the day and he soon arrived. The air was rich with activity; bugs being chased by thermal birdies, hawks roaming the field for an early lunch and buzzards at altitude scoping out their next lift and who knows what else. Skies were partly cloudy with many cumulus forming and high stratus indicating a great day of thermal activity ahead.
Good karma was already sending out vibes as my partner for the day found his recently treed DLG, sitting pretty in the woods beneath the behemoth that ingested it about a week prior, no worse for wear than a slightly dinged leading edge. He had spent hours prior attempting to dislodge it without causing any more stress on such a fragile toy, but the woods were not done with it, until today! Nice! Let's get in the sky!!
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Aug 24, 2010 @ 10:38 AM | 3,148 Views
A couple of spectacular crashes on a great day of flying at the AAGMC field. Apologies to Mike for the demise of his Discus. I thought I was being gentle but that ship was a beast! Must have weighed the legal limit and no wing spar. Definitely not a good winch launch sailplane but I found out the hard way!
Thanks to Ken and Joe for the pics and commentaries.
Next Soaring Series Sunday is Sept 19th. Hope to see y'all there!
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Aug 24, 2010 @ 10:29 AM | 2,346 Views
Just a quick note to Frank D for the great pics from The Bruce earlier this year. Not the most flattering images but it gives me a great sense for how I'm doing in these type of events. I guess I get a bit focused! lol