This is the first post of “The Glider Chronicles” which I thought some flying nuts would be interested in. They will be documenting my training experiences and you will be able to see how well or badly I am doing. I plan to include the hoary details of the instructor comments as well, although I will not name them! To be honest they are extremely good at Lasham. Generally the cognoscenti there have either (a) written the book, (b) advised the government, or (c) have enough flying hours to cover at least 100 lifetimes of my flying experience!
However, we will start off with the past first, namely the halcyon year of 2009 when I actually got to fly solo in a glider! Note that although I may have what is called an NPPL (National Private Pilot’s Licence) to fly motor gliders this carries no weight (pun intended) when it comes to flying gliders.
Later posts will be on a per flying day basis. This is mainly a catch up post.
But first a pic of a busy launchpoint taken, if I remember rightly, on 28th October 2009 when we had the Lasham youth flyers.
More pics below.
Wed 19th Aug: Conditions: Gusting southerly. Blue. Inversion @ 3000’.
This was some of the first consistent glider flying I had done for 20 years. I still have the log book for that time. Yippee! So I am using the same logbook as when I started gliding in 1987.
[Pre-flight checks are: Controls; Ballast; Straps; Instruments; Flaps; Trim; Canopy; airBrakes; Eventualities]
Sat 29th Aug 2009: Conditions: Gusting westerly. Good soaring.
Still getting the hang of the winch launch at the moment. But managed to get some soaring in a thermal on this day.
Circuit & Landings:
WHAT! What is a motorglider doing here! You may recognise this one from the header pic on this site.
Sat 5th Sep: Conditions: Gusting westerly.
Some strong wind flying. Great fun. Also had to work my way around a landing jet at Lasham that had come in for a service.
Circuit & Landings:
Sun 20th Sep: Conditions: Hazy, Light winds.
MORE winch launch practice needed. By the way CBSA stands for Cable Break Straight Ahead, which is usually simulated by the instructor release the cable while you are in the 45degree climb! Good for negative G.
Circuit & Landing:
Sat 26th Sep: Conditions: (unknown)
Great! I got a chance to fly an aerotow.
Sat 10th Oct:Conditions: (unknown)
Instructor notes 1:
Instructor notes 2:
Sun 18th Oct:Conditions: No wind.
Now this was an interesting day. Absolutely NO wind. Which completely changed the way you have to plan your circuit. It is here where you find that modern gliders can fly for miles and miles.
SOLO AT LAST!
Mon 26th Oct: Conditions: Strong winds.
Had one of the instructors demonstrate sideslips which basically involve turning the aircraft into a flying brick by making it go sideways through the air. Once again – Great fun!
Tues 27th Oct: Conditions: Strong winds.
Sat 28th Nov: Conditions: Light winds.
A picture of the launchpoint taken on 28-Nov-2009.
Sat 12th Dec: Conditions: 15kts NE crosswind. Cold. Moist.
Now the notable thing about this day was that the instructor was an accomplished competition pilot. And just in case you think this is all just for the boys, the instructor was a lady. Very good comments about needing to fly more coordinated and to be more exacting with the general handling. That is one of the things I love about Lasham. There are some real experts there.
Then after this good start in 2009, I didn’t fly at all in 2010. So the next Chronicle will be from 2011 which will bring us almost up to date.