Glider Day

The turnout of fliers on January 25th was a sure indication of a significant interest in glider flying within TCMAC. Unfortunately the two recent occasions of dedicated glider days have experienced weather that fell a long way short of ideal gliding weather.

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The strong and gusty wind hit 40 kph on my anemometer at ground level and obviously would be much stronger at altitude. This made bungee launching an exciting experience, so I was glad to see a number of electric powered soarers being able to climb to cleaner air. Two crashes spoilt the day, one suffering wing breakage on the bungee, and the other an episode of loss of control in ground turbulence ( no names, no pack drill ). Just as in full size aviation, it is not sensibly possible to mix power & glider aeroplanes at a common airfield, so it is with our models. So we glider people must express our appreciation to the dedicated power fliers for allowing us sole use of the TMAC on the recent days.

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We look forward to a day of warm temperature, light breezes and fine weather Cumulus clouds, because that is when you will experience gliding at its best. We appreciate sharing the sky with you.

Graeme F.