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It was great to get back in the saddle after a few months of downtime thanks to this nasty COVID situation.

On Monday I flew two solo flights with the help of Ivor instructing and Val towing.  And I am proud to say both PeeWee and pilot "arrived" back to earth intact without a hitch.  All in all I spent an hour and sixteen minutes flying a glider around over 6000ft on my lonesome which is quite an surreal and special experience to say the least.  An experience I will remember for many years to come!

Next time I'll be sure to keep an eye on my watch as my second flight was 56minutes - just short of an hour required for one of my certificates I believe?  Val had a little chuckle when I landed and said 'you know if you flew for just four more minutes you would've had an hour up!'  Ah well, Rookie error!

A big shout out to Matty for his great instruction on Sunday which prepped me nicely for Monday's flights (here comes the flying Mango!).  Also a big thanks to Phil, Denis, Tony, Erich, Clyde and Bob for their instruction and encouragement pre COVID lockdown, talk about a team effort, what a club!

I've attached a post solo picture courtesy of Ivor's great photography skills.  Next step A, B and C certs.


Gareth


A beautiful day in Paradise

Saturday 1 August was a very busy day at the airfield.

When I arrived there was already plenty of people getting ready for a flying day.

By the time I took BK to the line, there were a couple of flights already done by Matt with Casey and Alex, towed by a very happy Val on board of the Pawnee.

I believe Laurie was the first single seater to launch, followed by Erich and Dieter, Steven Griffin, , myself, Scott, Alex again but this time with WA, Dan, Denis, Tony Scarlett, Brian, I believe followed by Noel on the PW, later on Luke took his daughter and boyfriend for a passenger flight. Sydney brought his new bright sparkling yellow toy first, but later jumped on his glider to do some aerobatics in the air.

Conditions were very weak, but clear skies allowed everyone to enjoy a beautiful flight mostly local. ( I believe our young members did more that a couple each one working hard to get proficient to go Cross Country)

At the end of the day Val reported almost 3 hours on the so it was great to see again the club busy.

I saw Dan taking a few pictures, that will be nice if he can share some of the shots with the rest of the members.

Andres
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