Sat, 20 Aug 2011

1Sting 3:168 : Plumpton Aerotow (A) Duration: 00:15, Gain: 2300 ft, Distance: 0 km, Just a single tow as wind was increasing and I didn't fancy it on my Sting.

Aerotow

The British summer had certainly arrived in style, no flying in 3 months! Typical! The few days that had been flyable, I was unable to attend for various reasons, but this weekend, no excuses - time to try aerotow again!

Since my previous visit to the aerotow fields of East Sussex, I had moved my hang point forward in an attempt to make the aerotow a little more comfortable on my arms. The conditions today were benign making it an ideal day for training new pilots, and an opportunity for me to improve the art of aerotowing.

I only managed the one flight, but the adjusted hang point position really made a big difference and I felt more comfortable than my previous aerotows. I was released off the tug at 2,300 feet and enjoyed a gentle descent back to the field. A couple of small broken thermals lured me into a false hope of prolonging my flight but after around 10 minutes I was back at the airfield.

Take-off
Take-off
Dan launching the Sting 3:168 at Plumpton, East Sussex.
20 Aug 2011

Flight Details

Flight TypeAerotow Launch
GliderAirBorne Sting 3:168
SitePlumpton Aerotow
Launch Date/Time20 Aug 2011 / 12:30
Height Gain2300ft
Flight Duration0h 15m
CommentsJust a single tow as wind was increasing and I didn't fancy it on my Sting.

Flying Statistics to Date 20 Aug 2011

Total Hours :
48h 00m
Longest Flight :
1h 15m
Glider Models Flown :
4
Sites Flown :
20
Best Height Gain :
3,000 feet
Total Distance :
20.4 km
Max Distance :
13.4 km
Total Flights :
200
Hill Launches :
94
Winch Launches :
91
Aerotow Launches :
15

Total Flying Statistics

Total Hours :
96h 29m
Longest Flight :
2h 25m
Glider Models Flown :
5
Sites Flown :
21
Best Height Gain :
3,000 feet
Total Distance :
67.9 km
Max Distance :
13.5 km
Total Flights :
288
Hill Launches :
158
Winch Launches :
106
Aerotow Launches :
24
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