Sat, 9 May 2009

1Target 16 : Metfield (T) Duration: 00:04, Gain: 600 ft, Distance: 0 km, Great landing 7 steps from spot.
2Target 16 : Metfield (T) Duration: 00:04, Gain: 639 ft, Distance: 0 km, Landed in crop (not very deep), most people were doing this to avoid the rotor from a lump of earth.
3Target 16 : Metfield (T) Duration: 00:03, Gain: 679 ft, Distance: 0 km,
4Target 16 : Metfield (T) Duration: 00:05, Gain: 613 ft, Distance: 0 km,
5Target 16 : Metfield (T) Duration: 00:03, Gain: 580 ft, Distance: 0 km,

Boot Camp Day One

This weekend is Boot Camp weekend, the Suffolk Coastal Floaters training weekend, the aim of which is to train new winch operators and club coaches, the life-blood of the club! All they need now is some winch fodder, aka; pilots to be winched, so that's my role for this weekend sorted!

I arrived at Mendlesham airfield a little later than planned - the crash on the M25 being the cause, but arrived just in time to see everyone heading off to Metfield in Norfolk, the club's alternative but rarely used winching site. I had previously programmed all the site locations into my TomTom, so hopefully blindly following this would get me there. Wrong, my POI was in the correct place, but TomTom just didn't quite know how to get to it. Note to brain, revise Metfield POI!

After much debating about weather and wind direction, the winch was set-up and the lines pulled out. The wind was pretty blustery and at one point, one glider launched without pilot. Fortunately, it was grabbed and returned to safety before damaged was inflicted!

As the morning progressed my turn to winch came around. The club was holding two competitions, spot landing (the pilot who do a controlled landing nearest the designated spot), and duration (the pilot that could stay up the longest). I didn't really fancy my chances but I try my best! The spot was positioned several yards behind the launch area, an area I guessed would be subject to some rotor due to the large mound of soil upwind from it.

Tow 1

Soon it was time for my first tow. The wind was gusty, so timing the correct time to launch was pretty important. It may be all my hill launched experience but launching didn't appear to be too much of a problem. The tow up was bumpy but within my comfort zone. However, upon landing, I did get bumped around a little so pulling extra speed on gave me a little more margin for error. I concluded the bumps were due to rotor from the before mentioned mound of earth.

Tow 2

Launch number two was almost a replay of launch 1 however, my landing was a little closer to the spot - a grand total of 7 paces. This would put me in the lead for most of the day!

After two successful launches the gusty conditions were getting worse, so the decision was made to cease winching operations until it calmed down a little. Whilst we waited for conditions to calm I began to devise a way of attaching my little video camera to my helmet. This was achieved using generous lengths of insulation tape! Shortly later the conditions calmed and winching recommenced.

Tows 3-5

My remaining tows were all pretty similar, some slightly prolonger by turning in some rising bits of air, but nothing significant. The spot had been relocated upwind of the earth mound after a not so pretty landing by one pilot, ending his flying for the rest of the day. Needless to say, I wasn't able to improve upon my spot landing result and I was eventually reduced to second when Keith landed 2 paces from it! Nice!

The day concluded with a visit to the Duke pub in Metfield for a drink and bite to eat before we eventually returned to Mendlesham to set-up camp.

Camping at Mendlesham
Camping at Mendlesham
After a day of flying at Mendlesham my tent gets rigged on the runway for a nights sleep before resuming flying the following day. The navigation lights of the Mendlesham transmitter can be seen in the background.
9 May 2009

Flight Details

Flight TypeWinch Launch
GliderAeros Target 16
SiteMetfield
Launch Date/Time9 May 2009 / 00:00
Height Gain600ft
Flight Duration0h 04m
CommentsGreat landing 7 steps from spot.

Flight TypeWinch Launch
GliderAeros Target 16
SiteMetfield
Launch Date/Time9 May 2009 / 00:00
Height Gain639ft
Flight Duration0h 04m
CommentsLanded in crop (not very deep), most people were doing this to avoid the rotor from a lump of earth.

Flight TypeWinch Launch
GliderAeros Target 16
SiteMetfield
Launch Date/Time9 May 2009 / 00:00
Height Gain679ft
Flight Duration0h 03m
Comments

Flight TypeWinch Launch
GliderAeros Target 16
SiteMetfield
Launch Date/Time9 May 2009 / 00:00
Height Gain613ft
Flight Duration0h 05m
Comments

Flight TypeWinch Launch
GliderAeros Target 16
SiteMetfield
Launch Date/Time9 May 2009 / 00:00
Height Gain580ft
Flight Duration0h 03m
Comments

Flying Statistics to Date 9 May 2009

Total Hours :
22h 40m
Longest Flight :
1h 05m
Glider Models Flown :
2
Sites Flown :
12
Best Height Gain :
1,056 feet
Total Distance :
0.0 km
Max Distance :
0.0 km
Total Flights :
83
Hill Launches :
66
Winch Launches :
17
Aerotow Launches :
0

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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