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 Easiest Duty Pilot day ever 


From: Jim Thompson  
To: CGC members List 
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 18:24:20 +1000
Subject: Flying Report Sunday 21 August.


Arriving at the field early on a beautiful cool clear morning was the Duty Crew of Tony Sorensen (DI), Neil Schaefer (Tuggie), Lindsay Mitchell (AEI) and Jim Thompson (DP). The RASP forecast looked very promising with orange everywhere.


First order of the day was to diagnose the problem with the Barina's battery and after much prodding with a multimeter it was pronounced dead. Lindsay was dispatched for a new battery and returned with a new full of life one that was fitted along with battery quick disconnects as per the other vehicles.


By around 10.00 am since no other member , Jim ( flying from the back seat) and Tony did a wing down launch from Runway 06 to position IKW on Runway 12 for the AEF. After a less than perfect landing from the back seat, Jim and Tony did another wing down launch from Runway 12 to a release height of 1500 feet that surprising lasted 24 mins which was the same as the previous flight from 3500 feet. It seemed at that time that RASP might just be right and we were in for a good day!

AEF passenger Kylie Cole with Lindsay Mitchell

Our AEF passenger arrived around midday. Kylie Cole had been given the flight as a present from her husband Andrew. Kylie's flight with Lindsay lasted 34 mins from 4500 feet with most of the lift below 2000 feet. It was still a complete blue hole over YCAB so perhaps RASP had been overly optimistic after all.

Kevin Rodda had his Atlas airborne after lunch as well ... returning some 56 minutes later ... so perhaps there really wasn't much lift around as Kevin always seems to score an easy couple of hours in the Atlas.

Jim did the final flight of the day, 31 mins  from 3500 feet back to Runway 06 for a very early finish to the day.

At the end of our flying day ... the bluest of "blue" skies


Back at the hanger we noticed Lindsay performing a very strange test on the tugs release mechanism called the 'steel stallion' test. Unfortunately I didn't get a picture, otherwise it would be very easy to understand how this test got its name. We witnessed a large steel tube being jettisoned with some force from SPAs release mechanism which apparently proves its ability to release under simulated load of a glider on tow.

Without doubt the easiest day I've ever had as Duty Pilot, organising three flights for myself and one AEF!  Many thanks to the crew of Tony, Neil and Lindsay for short but fun day.

Jim Thompson


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