Chucky and the nearly there event
Our Aerobatics league is taking a bit of a hammering as our spring conditions continue.
Saturday was the planned league event, but all the forecasts on Windfinder etc,
showed a poor wind attendance, if at all.
Bugger that we thought, lets just get out there and see what transpires.
Kommetjie was it’s beautiful self and the early crew arrived by 11:30AM
and found light, light conditions on hand. Out went all the floaters and we spent plenty
of time hanging around in the air trying for altitude and thermals for assistance.
As the day progressed the lift increased by increments but was never enough for us to call a comp in.
The more efficient glass ships were handling the conditions by 3PM,
but some of the less efficient machines were not going to be able to keep up the pace and
so we reluctantly once more called off the league event once more.
Nearly there, but not quite.
With one last league event planned for December, it will be the last gasp attempt
we will have to practice and refine the system before the January Aerobatics competition.
Last week while at Micton Hobbies I peeped at a Discus Launch Glider in the shop,
saw the weekend forecast for limp, viagra lacking conditions, and promptly
bought the little beast and built her up in 2 nights.
The Fling DLG, affectionately called Chucky, is one hell of a lot of fun.
Light in nature with a pod and boom design, and weighing in at a
scant 525 grams all up, she is very willing to take on light lift and thermals.
But the best part was to come. Discus launches…
Christo and myself headed up to Sandy Bay in the super light conditions on Sunday
and tried out a few discus launches. The idea is to grab the wing end peg, turn and prance
like a ballerina on steroids and at some point let the hapless glider rocket into the sky, as opposed to the ground.
Now you have to commit to this whole swingy, turny, flingy stuff, or the outcome will be a flop.
So we had a few runs at it, and boy what a jol.
Quite surprising is the amount of height one gains from even a gentle a swing,
but by the time Christo was on the sticks we were starting to get some reasonable height on launch,
which is the whole darn idea. If you’ve never tried it, do… as it is qite amazing what that
extra little bit of height gives you in survival conditions, giving you just that
little bit more time to go looking for thermals or squeaky lift.
However, a suggestion would be to warm up a wee bit first,
(prance, dance, twist, turn and generally looking like an idiot should do it)
as the whole swingy, turny, flingy stuff can be a bit harsh on the back….
now where did I put my chiropractors number?