What a fantastic weekend for February - sunny skies with good cumulus, lots of lift and warm enough to dispense with all the winter layers of clothing.
The skies were inviting enough to get many private owners to rig and fly as well as emptying the hanger of all the club gliders so that they could fly. Just to add a bit of fun to the day, there was a runway change from 35 to 24.
All change from 35 to 24
The Duo Discus is back from Poland where it has been refinished and now looks like a brand new glider. Early feedback from those who have flown it is good saying how well it flys and how much quieter it is. Its a fantastic asset for the club - please make sure you take the effort to keep it in absolute tip top condition.
Duo Discus looking resplendent after its refinish with the two pilots who seemed to have adopted it!
Duo Discus soaring over Stokenchurch
The club also took the opportunity to try out a new tug and consider how it may fit into our normal operational needs. The airplane is a EuroFox which has its roots in the home build/microlight world but has been in use as a tug for several years across Europe. We had the chance to tow several single seaters and the K13.
EuroFox about to launch the clubs Pegasus
Ben Followell (one of Bookers cadets) soared for over an hour and gained his first Bronze leg (on only his 3rd solo flight) and lastly we had Chris Arnold go solo for the first time. Chris initially signed up for a 5 day course last year but is hooked and a regular face around the launch point. Congratulations to them both,
Chris Arnold beside EBZ shortly after his first solo