Recent News, March 9th, 10th & 11th, 2013
Taranaki Anniversary Weekend
March 9th, 10th, 11th,
We all started out with high hopes for the forecast indicated fine weather with a SE airflow on Saturday and dropping away during the next two days. Alas, that was not to be. The wind increased. Why? you may wonder. Perhaps a combination of the isobars being a bit close together, a strong inversion with the airflow squeezing underneath between the inversion and the ground, the venturi effect of the mountain as the airflow was deflected around it. Not our weekend really.
But … we flew each day, three on Saturday; the Pik 30 had an outing just to see if it still flew. Twelve on Sunday and three today. Several trial flights, several training flights, about three or four solo flights by the private owners and one in the Twin. Everyone should have been happy – well run days, pleasing to see a bunch of cars at the launch-point yesterday and a general air of busy-ness. Sam Tullett seems to be our retrieve man these days and he was kept busy enough yesterday. He had three quick 1000ft tows to round the day off and then first Tim and then he flew his bungee launched model glider. For a moment, the glider was joined by four hawks sauntering cross-country. A falcon rushed past, no doubt puzzled by what it saw.
There is an ATC day coming up where we provide some flying for Julie Woods’ Stratford ATC squadron. Could be an early start that day. Also, on Thursday 14th, a mid-week day starting at 12pm.
If I didn’t mention it last time, big welcome to Kevin Koch who has joined as a flying member. Actually he has re-joined for he began his gliding career during our German Hill days.
For next weekend (Womad weekend), at this point, it looks like Saturday is the day. After that some wet weather from a tropical depression. We’ll wait and see.