Friday, 19 July 2019

Regionals Day 4

It turns out that George managed to liberate his glider on Wednesday evening after all. The price of the key to the gate was £100 but fortunately a householder with a garden backing onto the field allowed him to derig through his garden gate - with help from his crew William and John Hubb.

How to fit a 15m glider through a 2m gate
After overnight rain, Thursday's weather was less than promising at briefing but Tasks A and B were set and the grid was set out. As the cold front disappeared to the SE the weather improved, but with time passing they fell back to Task B - Bicester NW-Stony Stratford-Didcot. It was a bit breezy with big gaps and a couple of pilots took relights but eventually they all set off. There were good climbs to be had but the wind was a bit tough on the shorter wings. Steve got back first but in the event was beaten by a whisker by Jim, with Denis in 3rd place. Ashley dropped in to Bicester but was soon retrieved by Dave and Jan in LH.

Steve finishing

Today was a scrub, but in other news, Tim Peake dropped in at the Royal International Air Tattoo at Fairford. Fortunately our cadet Maddi was on hand to explain how to fly a glider.

'While flying you must always keep a good lookout.....'

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