Sat, 3 Sep 2011

1Sting 3:168 : Mickfield Hall (T) Duration: 00:01, Gain: 0 ft, Distance: 0 km, First tow in a while; weak link failed. Looped around and landed.
2Sting 3:168 : Mickfield Hall (T) Duration: 00:05, Gain: 0 ft, Distance: 0 km, Difficult conditions - no lift.
3Sting 3:168 : Mickfield Hall (T) Duration: 00:05, Gain: 0 ft, Distance: 0 km, Difficult conditions - no lift.
4Sting 3:168 : Mickfield Hall (T) Duration: 00:05, Gain: 0 ft, Distance: 0 km, Mini XC back to the hanger where I packed up.

Winching in Suffolk

It had been a while since I visited the towing fields of Suffolk, and with the season slowly drawing to a close, it was time to return for one last day.

The southerly forecast suggest Mickfield as the site for the day and as I arrived, everyone was readying the airfield. I parked the car next to the hedge in the field then removed and rigged my glider.

The wind was stronger than the forecast had suggested and as my turn on to launch came around, I was feeling a little nervous. As soon as the launch started I concentrated on the flying. After around 200 feet, I could feel the tension building on the towline when the weak link conceded ending the tow. There was sufficient height for me to loop around back launch where I safely touched down.

Rigging at Mickfield
Rigging at Mickfield
Rigging gliders at Mickfield Hall, Suffolk.
3 Sep 2011

Three more successful flights followed, but with conditions being far from ideal, after my final flight, I flew the short distance to the Mendlesham hanger. After landing I packed up and eventually set off for the return journey to Sussex.

Flight Details

Flight TypeWinch Launch
GliderAirBorne Sting 3:168
SiteMickfield Hall
Launch Date/Time3 Sep 2011 / 11:30
Height Gain0ft
Flight Duration0h 01m
CommentsFirst tow in a while; weak link failed. Looped around and landed.

Flight TypeWinch Launch
GliderAirBorne Sting 3:168
SiteMickfield Hall
Launch Date/Time3 Sep 2011 / 12:00
Height Gain0ft
Flight Duration0h 05m
CommentsDifficult conditions - no lift.

Flight TypeWinch Launch
GliderAirBorne Sting 3:168
SiteMickfield Hall
Launch Date/Time3 Sep 2011 / 13:30
Height Gain0ft
Flight Duration0h 05m
CommentsDifficult conditions - no lift.

Flight TypeWinch Launch
GliderAirBorne Sting 3:168
SiteMickfield Hall
Launch Date/Time3 Sep 2011 / 15:00
Height Gain0ft
Flight Duration0h 05m
CommentsMini XC back to the hanger where I packed up.

Flying Statistics to Date 3 Sep 2011

Total Hours :
48h 16m
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 :
204
Hill Launches :
94
Winch Launches :
95
Aerotow Launches :
15

Total Flying Statistics

Total Hours :
95h 58m
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 :
286
Hill Launches :
156
Winch Launches :
106
Aerotow Launches :
24
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