Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Back in the air

Last week I finally got my glider back from Gin, with its brand-new lineset all ready to fly again after December's tangle with a tree. And almost straight away, the opportunity to take to the air came around. Saturday, after a positive weather check at 7am, I drove over to Green Dragons with Martin for lunchtime. Unfortunately when we arrived I was so excited about flying again I didn't fully think through the implications of driving my Polo across the farm, and duly got stuck in the mud! We completed the journey on foot with our heavy gear, only to be turned back almost immediately for lunch break, stopping only to get some help dragging my car out of the mire.

After lunch the winch was set up in the big field at Woldingham, and over the course of the afternoon I got 3 flights to about 400 feet. It felt so good to be up there again looking down on the incredible vista of London spread out to the North glowing in the afternoon sun. I love this sport....

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2 comments:

Gavin said...

Is there any way you can safely get a picture from up there?

Peter said...

Experienced pilots take photos all the time - I am concentrating too much on flying at the moment. Ask me a year from now.....