February 14th. 2011
One such day was when Tim in the Discus and Glyn in the PW5 took high tows onto the mountain and had a grand old time. Tim flew around the mountain three times and a movie sequence may yet find its way onto our website. The second day was when Steve Barham and his newly acquired Nimbus 2 glider took to the air. Steve with Tim in the Discus and Will in the PW5 all took high tows though not gaining much advantage from so doing. Will now wants clip-on extensions for the PW5, a 6000ft tow not quite doing the trick that day.
And so, to Sunday the 13th. Rather difficult conditions with a light northerly, broken cloud with bases about 2500ft above the ground. Gene Campbell had a farewell flight in the Twin Astir, lasting nearly an hour. Gene, Deryn and family returned to the USA on Tuesday but he promises to be back. All the best to you and your family, Gene. Tim later did three hours in the Discus but he had to really work hard to stay aloft. John Tullett in his K7 found the wind higher up was a bit too strong to make headway in his glider. Andre van der Elst enjoyed two good, but short flights in the PW5 and Steve had a couple of flights in the Nimbus to further his appreciation of the machine. It looks as though things will be good on Saturday with good air on the way.
Stats: Aircraft Time Flights
WZ 2hrs.53m 6
TE 3hrs.42m 4
XC 7hrs.41m 3
DN 1hr. 17m 2
KV 1hr. 16m 3
RWS 2hrs.11m 18
And, a couple of photos:
Tim & the Discus, around on the west side of Mt Egmont.
Rigged and ready to go! Steve Barham’s Nimbus 2 glider at Stratford.
The above glider has a glide ratio of 48:1. This means it can glide from a height of 1000 metres, a distance of 48 kilometres. Steve purchased the Nimbus from Mike Oakley of the Canterbury Gliding Club. It has its own personal lucky rabbit which has been higher and further than most of its fellows.