The Hanska club build and a slope connection in Germany
Well for those that made the trip to Chapman’s Peak on Saturday,
it was well worth the while as moderate westerly conditions
held for most of the day and a lot of airtime was had by all.
Noticeably Mally had the Aldij up on three occasions
and as per usual the thing just cruised without a worry,
Tim spent the day airborne, and who was the man who arrived with the Solo…..
sans the wings? aint going to fly like that I can bet.
Schalk arrived with the new club glider project that was built over a 2 build day period,
quite a feat to more or less complete a fuselage glassing, wing bagging,
tail surface creation and apply all together at the second build clinic.
Well done Hans!
Now Schalk took a bit of an ear beating as we convinced him to
set up the glider on Mally’s radio, despite much winging about
the incomplete state of the machine. OK, so one of the flap servo’s
had to be taped in place, but due to fact that we were not going
to utilise the flaps for landing, all was well.
So off to the front of the slope we went, lobbed it off
and boy was that a faultless maiden flight.
The thing just flew beautifully straight off the bat!
With the fully symmetrical Vector wing profile performing flawlessly,
even as the conditions lightened up there, was not even a hint of tail drag
and she stayed buoyant throughout the maiden flight.
Landed like a peach to, and so Schalk’s grin could be seen from Cairo.
Well done Schalk and Hans and does this look like a possible future club glider.
While we were in the car-park nattering away, we were approached by a young German couple,
Malta Grobbel and Anne. Turns out Malta is involved in slope soaring in Germany,
and going through their website does quite a few things in the slope, power and racing scene.
His notable envy at the Chapman’s Peak site tells a story
of just how blessed we are to live in something akin to a slope paradise.
Lets never forget that… Malta insist he will be back in SA, with the Erwin that he flies
just to suck up some of the slope scene. Website is as such:
Schalk and the Hanska – flies like a dream – very successful club build project