Well.... two months since I last flew.
my Spider-Man engine cowl and my skull coated prop got their first outing today.
I had planned to have a day alone flying in Tamworth but a call from Garry got him then Paul to both take the day off. Paul and I went over to Quorn near Leicester to Garry’s field.
the forecast was reasonable but rain after lunch. Winds from 3 gusting 7 to 7 gusting 11 or so, all of which should be reasonably flyable.
we got there about 8.45am and set up. Having had my throttle cable off I had to spend some time checking and getting my engine running right. Paul was up and away, with Garry close behind.
so anyway I got ready and went for a forward launch. The winds were definitely higher than forecast and the position of the field means a bit of rotor too so the windsock was all over the place.
having regressed to complete novice I flopped my first attempt, made worse by some walkers standing watching. Second attempt was up in a few steps.
Now I don’t know if it’s because I’ve not flown for ages or what but I got bumped and thrown about and generally didn’t feel like everything was right. I couldn’t see any riser issues or anything so I flew around then decided to land and check everything.
I came around over the A6 down to the field to be buffetted about on my approach. I had to do a quick detour as I was swinging about so looped round the next field to try again but sink/rotor from the A6 and trees dropped me down suddenly to a couple of feet off the ground. Full throttle to save my ass, then down. On my arse. In reality I don’t even know whether I attempted to stand I just wanted to get down. I do think such a long break took away some of my confidence. I’m still a beginner after all.
i checked all my gear finding no issues. Then as it was a bit gusty and spitting with rain we waited around, doing some ground handling or acting and generally talking shit lol
around 1pm it had settled a touch so Paul and Garry went up with me to follow. I really need to stop fussing about and get up, but I did after a while. A bit bumpy but felt better than earlier however it was raining a bit more. Paul and Garry said they were coming back I’m so I landed first. on my knees. Not my day!
deciding not to fly again we packed up.
paul and I went back to tamworth for a pint and decided the trees weren’t moving much outside so off we went to check out the tamworth field.
wind was more stable than Leicester so went for it.
had a failed forward launch, I think I just misjudged the wing and it came down on my left. Reset and up I went !
now the field is next to some industrial buildings and this is where I found my error. I had somehow picked up the brakes with both of the twisted around the risers. As I took off I managed a sharp right but the couldn’t steer properly due to the twists and climbed out right over the industrial estate. Not my chosen route and glad I didn’t have an engine out, but was ok. Once I gained height I sorted out my brakes and settled down. Up to 800ft and trimmed out, had a fly about waiting for Paul to launch (he fluffed it loads and didn’t get up). The other Richard had joined us and he was up ok.
mot was reasonably smooth, chilly and bloody raining. So I did about 20 mins before getting back down on an approach I hadn’t done before due to wind direction. Came in really close to a tree and down ok to about 20ft then got chucked about again but managed to land sort of on one knee ish.
then we went to the pub.
a long but fun day. Racked up three flights of 7 mins, 5 mins and 20 mins. Not exactly much but learning lots.
i like to post all my errors on here too so people may learn. Today was really a bit gusty for me but I didn’t feel unsafe, just struggled with the landings.
the brakes was a stupid error and I don’t know how it happened as I’m pretty thorough.
all good experience, nobody hurt and we had a day in a field where it was normal, no viruses or nonsense.
now bring on the bloody summer!!!