This year we have chosen Cheltenham Spa as our location for the RDA, PMC main summer event. It honestly is an amazing venue!
Of course there will be Fireworks, Music, A selection of food vendors, 24-hour fire pit, and 24-hour licensed security. (more to come )
What's this RDA thing???
This year, the PMC has chosen to support the RDA (Riding for Disabled) which is a super cool national charity who provide therapy through horse contact. RDA research shows that riders experience significant positive change in their capacities for communication, confidence, enjoyment, relating, physical improvement and learning horsemanship.
Because this event is a Charity event, please note the slightly different pricing structure below.
Full PMC members £10 in the charity pot (pretty please)
Not a full PMC member and flying? £30 (or click > and join as a full member before the event for £30 and enjoy 3 fly-ins a year FOC!)
Non Flying guest, partner £25
Children under 16 £0
Tandem flights will be available (please PM well in advance if your keen)
Food, we have: Vegetarian and meat wraps van, pizza van, and a burger van. :
Of course there will be a 'heated' bar, and the fire pit (you do NOT need to bring logs this time!! )
As always we will have the impossible to replicate, amazing PMC 'vibe' which is created by the awesome people that attend! To quote the very first PMC t-shirt, It's the Pilots that make the Party! (free pint for anyone that turns up that still has one of these!!) lol
More info to follow, 200 pilots max so please ensure you RSVP (log in and use the green button at the top of the page that says GOING )
As always, we hope to see you there!!! PM or post a message if you have any questions.
That could well of been me, or the other PPGer i know of who flies in this area who often fly over Totton on our way to the IOW, but not much flying happened last year...
Finding flying sites in this area seems very difficult.
I lost one field when the elderly farmer passed away and the farm was taken over by a new tenant.
The other regular field i had used for several years had crops in it instead of the usual grass so that one was out of action for the whole year.
I couldn`t find any other willing landowners so last year i only flew 5 times...
The whole process of finding a site will begin again this year i suppose, but if nothing comes up.......i expect the appeal of PPG will fade away....
You should take a look at your set up if you are turning without power. Are your offsets correctly set? Are you using torque correction on your wing? Is your harness causing you to be weight shifting slightly? Is anything bent? Was your wing trimmed properly?
Question re taking kit abroad and bringing it back. So I'm planning on going to Turkey babadag and planning on taking my wing with me. My question is, can I put the wing in my suitcase and take it with me and bring it back without any issues? When coming back to the UK will I have issues with customs? If they question me about my glider? It's an old glider so if I was questioned I couldn't prove taking it with me.... Or do I do a video before and after. Or am I being paranoid?
Flight 5 Happened today!
Blew one launch, My instructor was watching this time and immediately indicated that I was pulling the A risers rather than just running with them up... collapsing the front of the wing before it could get up. That explains all the blown launches recently.
2nd time was better... reverse launch into about 6mph wind. Straight up.
Struggled to get in the seat... so got some altitude then stowed the brakes and dragged the seat forward under me.
Pootled around for a bit, enjoying the view. Did some experimenting with varying levels of power (my setup seems to turn right all the time. Even with no throttle, there is a slight right turn that gets progressively worse with power.)
Tried a few sharp turns, then eventually came back in for a landing.
All was good until it came to the flair... left brake slipped out of my fingers... Ended in a rough bum slide after my legs acted like shock absorbers.
Not pretty at all, but thankfully, no damage that i noticed. Ill give it a proper check over during to week to make sure.