...and the weather forecast said what???
One sometimes wonders about the vagaries of weather predictions,
specifically for this skinny little piece of Peninsula that we live on.
Based on Fridays forecast we were supposed to have a lovely North Wester on Saturday …
and no flying on Sunday due to a light and unpalatable South Easter.
So, plan the weekend and take your girlfriend and Granny out for lunch on Sunday, earn brownie points
and buy time on the slope when conditions improve. Fiendish plan that!
However mother nature takes a turn for the absurd and reverses the schedule somewhat.
Saturday turns out to be a howling northerly with no lift! Strange when that happens,
but normally points to a fast moving system with no real basis,
which was proved by a late westerly push in the afternoon.
A very frustrating wind chasing day. Some of us got to fly…barely.
Sunday dawns and after what was predicted, 10-15kms SE,
we get a little surprise as the predictions now show 30kms/h SE.
After working off its morning hangover (the wind…not me)
it started to pick up and created a lovely days flying up at Red Hill.
Eventually settling in at about 40km/h SE in the afternoon.
A lot of aerobatics practice happened, combat was as usual fast and vicious.
and Steve Meusel had to endure his Impala’s film covering leave the wing mid flight…!
making a rather spectacular sound as it did so right in the middle of the formation session
and resulted in a rather hasty landing on his part while Damien and myself checked our pants for brown spots.
No further damage was done to the IMP, but unfortunately all the covering
on the left wing panel will have to be done again.
In the end there was a great days flying, and a lot of practice was done for the Aerobatics League Event
that will take place next weekend… weather permitting!