Gliding up a storm in Worcester
So while some of the clan were up at the NvS contestand some were up on the slope, a few of us hit a slope
of a differing kind. We took the trip to Cape Gliding Club in
Worcester for Saturday and Sunday, and preceded to climb into the full size thing.
An all day affair to say the least, and after some legwork getting gliders sorted etc,
a good few of us were lucky to get up in the gliders in what has been
subsequently referred to as some of the best “wave” conditions possible for that area.
After getting tugged to Victoria Peak and a bit of insane slope soaring
we made the dash for the Wave and after hooking onto
that were the happy receptors of huge vertical climb up to 8500 feet
before being forced down again due to air traffic height limitations, and then being given the sticks for a wee bit of a twiddle on the way in.
One particular pilot rated it the 3rd best flight out of 390 odd hours of flying
and he stayed up in the wave for 3 hours! to check out what the “Wave” is
have a look here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perlan_Project
Sunday was to do winch launches instead
and have a wee bit more of a twiddle on the sticks,
while hunting thermals from the 2000 foot launch,
this time with rudder input combined and
you have a fantastic weekends outing.
Thanks to the lads who organised this and to the Cape Gliding Club
for having us there over the two days. Greatly appreciated!
Noel, Bobby and Brendan getting things ready
Looking straight out towards the wave
The trusty tug enters the scene
and we are airborne
Gaining altitude and heading for Vic Peak
Iris gets the low down on how parachutes work…
Set up for a landing with airbrakes at full tilt
Getting towed to Vic Peak
Riding slope lift on the Vic Peak
5000 feet and counting
Riding the edge of the wave
Up at 8000 feet and taking pics of other gliders
and finally Worcester valley on the way back to base