Saturday as so still I think most of the club went gardening…however the outlook for Sunday was awesome so plans were
set to head out early and get the best of it before it all went wild and wooly.
Noel had his new Aldij to maiden and Brendan had his pod and broom,
so named as it is made up of parts of deceased gliders
and the boom looks strangely like a broom.
First up was Noel and the Aldij flew a treat and on the subsequent 3 flights
we fiddled with throws and CG till shew flew like a beaut.
Brendan then threw out the pod and broom and she flew like a treat as well,
despite a possibly suspect vertical stab. In the end this collection of odds
and ends proved to be really quick and quite a delight to fly.
Later in the day a large contingent of slopers arrived and
about 15 guys had a blast inn the strong but flyable
afternoon conditions and the combat was furious,
given the blowback factor on the hits.
Dillan arrived later with his freshly restored aldij that must be a good
5 years old and was in a bit of a shape, but Dillan has done a great job
bringing it back to life in black and dayglo orange.
After battling with the DX6 to get a full crow braking system working
we eventually had to settle for flaps only and got it airborne
and it flew a treat, but landing was truly an adventure with
only a flap and elevator compensation to handle slowing down.
In the end Dillan did a great job at getting it back to terra firma
in one piece and unscratched. In the end the crew finally deserted
the hill at about 5 pm after a truly long day in the breeze,
but boy are we up for it next week!
Noel and the newly acquired Aldij
Brendan’s pod and broom collection
Steve running away with his glider after a nice flight
Impala being launched into the late afternoon light
the warbird gathering in the stormy conditions
What a way to end the day, roll on next weekend