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  1. Pete was flying a fair bit longer than us while we got our act together😂
  2. Haha it’s ok I was doing it anyway. well the others had already landed and not sunk so I thought it’d be ok. Really big beach really. We flew over the estuary further north. It was great fun.
  3. Ok ok here you go😂 Roughly edited to show some scenery and keep the beach bits.
  4. I’ll look at the video but it’s a lot. I’ll uploads something when I’ve got the best bits
  5. Had a great day yesterday flying Yorkshire Dales and at the beach for the first time. Got up at 5am on a frosty Sunday morning to go up to Yorkshire to fly somewhere new. I met Paul at my work where we moved my kit into his car, and off we went at 5.30 for a 2.5 hour journey to Skipton in the Yorkshire Dales. It was so foggy we couldn't see anything on the M6 as we headed north, but it cleared around Cheshire I think. Breakfast time was at McDonalds and onto the field arriving at about 8.15. Pete who we were meeting there had been updating us on temps and we watched the car temp gauge change from 0degrees to -4, and Pete had -5 at the field. Sun was just coming over the hills as we arrived and we got on with setting up. I reckon it may have warmed to -3 by the time we took off about 9am. The field isn't a nice smooth one, it's more like moor land used for highland cattle grazing. Pete regularly flies there and he did a Benny Hill run with a full tank, his Bailey engine having a bit of trouble with all the weight. Anyhow the take off was OK and off we went. I was last off and the other buggers had gone off so I headed towards Morcambe to meet them at the beach. The scenery in the Dales is fantastic, such a nice change from flying in the midlands. As I got towards the coast I just headed to the beach hoping to find the others, which I did, they had landed on the beach as the tide was out. I flew over and got my trimmers and seat board down ready to land. Wind direction was offshore so I flew along the edge of the water and turned in to land. On my feet. Again !! That was 30 miles in 1 hour 35 mins. I'm flying an Ozone Spyder 28m and I was nowhere near as fast at the others, maybe I need a faster or smaller wing... The cold was mostly fingers and toes but I had a zippo hand warmer in my bag which helped on the way out. We stopped to get warm, had a chat and the took off again to fly around the beach a bit before heading back. We flew up to the north end of Morcambe bay, around into the estuary past Arnside and then back inland. Initially we had intended to fly north to Windermere before coming back but the wind had picked up a bit and the clouds came down so we couldn't even see the hills. Keeping low under the cloud at 600ft or so, I still couldn't keep up and we all got separated. Good old Google Maps Followed a rough idea of direction seeing a few landmarks I had noticed on the way out. It wasn't so cold downwind, and I was about 7-8mph faster on the return. I came in checking my GPS location then spotted the cars by the field. The windsock was all over the place but I came in OK and hit the mud, landing feet first the on my knees. Return flight was 1 hr, 16 mins and 41.9 miles including flying around at the beach. Back at the field me & Paul wanted to make the most of it and were going to try a short flight. Strongish wind for an easy reverse launch and if too bumpy just come back and land. I need ground handling practice, I couldn't get the wing to behave (I do mostly forward launches), and I pulled down low to get the wing on the floor, catching my throttle cable in the prop. No prop damage, and it cut through my engine kill wiring only. Easy fix. I've been meaning for weeks to adjust the cable to get it over my arm instead of under but hadn't yet done it. If I put it under my arm the engine wouldn't tick over without revving so needed loosening to cope with the bend n the cable. Guess I'll be doing that now then! Idiot. I got full footage with an action cam which I've never done before so that will probably be rubbish. Got a few photos, and got some great memories. Got home around 6.30pm very tired. Thanks to Pete & Ady for the invite, and to Paul for doing all the driving. Fantastic day even though it was so cold. IMG_4007.MOV the launch field
  6. I don’t normally update this before a flight but... I’m off up north with Paul at 5.30am on Sunday to meet up with a couple of others and fly. The plan is to go from near Skipton, west to the coast and play on the beach, then inland via Windermere if the weather is good over the hills. Taking a lunch break at a pub or cafe somewhere and maybe take in Ribblehead viaduct too. I’m so excited I could pee myself😂
  7. The weekend is good. Get training! We’re off on Sunday to fly Yorkshire dales and the coast then Windermere. Can’t wait, my biggest flight yet.
  8. Sounds like a great plan to me. I had at few gliding lessons at 16 and always wanted to do something flying. It wasn’t until 2012 I watched bobby Frankham fly off around Loch Ness I knew what to do. Took me another 6 years to be able to do it financially. Been almost a year now and loved every minute, the training and learning, thevv BC flying and the loads of new friends with the same addiction. I enjoy filling in my blog on here for myself and to encourage others. We all learn at different places and hopefully my learning will encourage others. good luck, see you at the fly-in maybe🙂
  9. I did think that but chose to assume it was the passenger with the phone 😉
  10. Skived off work this afternoon to fly from tamworth. Richard and Paul who I normally fly with here couldn’t make it so just me. forgot my windsock so take off was by the grass in the wind method. got an easy forward launch in a slightly gusty field. My shortest run ever, about 5 or 6 steps and I was up. Must have just timed it on a gust🙂 had a fly up north of tamworth over where Paul works just to rub it in 😁 he came out and took a photo. Considering I’ve never liked low flying I didn’t go above 1100ft and was 550 over Paul’s school then 150 around some fields. I must be getting used to it as it used to scare me! Just testing myself and expanding my experience. i came back over the m42 which had a rolling road block. Seen a couple of these now and find it quite funny that I’m overtaking them. As I went across and came down over the fields I was spotted by Brad Quinn who sent Richard a video. He was in the traffic jam 😂 went back to end a 47 min flight nicely ON MY FEET !! Again!! 😂😂😂 warmed my fingers up and Richard turned up to say hello then I went up again, longer forward launch and wondering if it was going to climb over the trees at the end of the field. Funny how two launches can be so different. I flew over outskirts of tamworth and directly over Richards house just rubbing it in some more 😂 came back and had a weird approach, the glider didn’t want to come down. I came in far too high and went back up and around only to do the same thing again. I’ve never had a problem on approach to this field, perhaps there was some warm air or something?!? Third approach was ok but I still ended up landing at the far end of the field. Got my feet down ok but it was fast and I couldn’t keep up and went onto my knees. May least it wasn’t my arse 😂 an afternoon off with a couple of flights puts a smile all the way across my face 😁 my second launch and brads video from the m42 IMG_3941.mp4 IMG_3942.mp4
  11. I took my second flight at the bore last year. It was interesting. But brilliant too 😁 In hindsight I’d recommend getting your takeoffs sorted first. It’s a big audience😂 IMG_1938.MOV
  12. Quite a few dropped out last year near the time. Just watch the list
  13. That looks lovely, ours was very grey. I’ve yet to do any coastal flying, I love that view.
  14. Just in case you missed it I landed on my feet today. Twice😁😁
  15. Then today 27 Dec got two more flights in and more learning. good wind forecast but low clouds, as I drove into tamworth I could see the clouds were low. Met Paul Richard and John there. Got in the air around 1pm, forward launch not too cold today. However the cloud base was around 300ft. Now I haven’t been a fan of low flying, I like to be high and safe, but there wasn’t a choice. At 400ft there was almost no visibility so went over the a5 to the fields and kept away from houses etc. I’d been a bit late arriving so the others had gone ahead and we got separated so when I went over the field and saw one had landed I went back. Came in over the a5 around 200ft which is scary enough but the field is right at the side of the road, with wind direction different to normal had to come in over trees. now after yesterday’s talk about my landings I’d decided to unhook my flight deck from my chest strap and loosen the strap as I could lean forward enough. I don’t know if that helped but I came in beautifully on my feet. ON MY FEET!!!! Richard went back up and I had a drink and got ready again. Up I went with no idea where they’d gone so I went up alongside the m42 to some big fields. Max 500 ft with zero visibility, I decided to try and get used to a bit of low flying. Never done it before and it bothers me that there’s no escape but gently as I could I practiced low turns and judging my distance from the ground. At one point my altimeter said about -40ft due to terrain so I hadn’t really any idea except I was about two tree heights😂 knowing I was really low I kept away when I saw walkers etc but I had a go at flying along a path and flew down at 50ft or so between two trees. Not close together, loads of space. Only a 27 min flight but I had a bit of fun. If the clouds hadn’tn so low I would never have done it but I’m glad I did. I can see the attraction of low flying and I’ll practice it again but I’m happier safe and high. anyhow I headed back at around 250ft which is hard work being conscious of farm houses, keeping far away as I could. Last thing I want is to risk someone else’s flying field. came in sane as earlier, nice approach over the a5 and the trees nice and controlled only to land on my bloody feet again😁😁 I’m hoping I can keep up the foot landings but we’ll see. that’s now 40 flights and around 30 hours air time. I’m really happy with how it’s going and love learning new things and new experiences on almost every flight. Just can’t get enough flights in with the rest off my life! Today’s flying friends and a video of my last landing IMG_3907.MP4
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