From earlier in the week I had been planning to work at home today, keeping an eye on the forecast and the small possibility of flying Newhaven. This morning three of us - me, Luke and James - took a couple of hours to decide we didn't fancy working and we headed down to Newhaven, expecting the wind to be at least top end if not blown out until late in the day when the tide would be up, and the wind more south to SSE.
A few days ago there were two pilots simultaneously in the sea at Newhaven. Thankfully nobody died...
The danger inherent in a water landing cannot be overstated. It is usually better to fly into practically anything, downwind if necessary, rather than risk a dunking, unless fully SIV prepared with rescue boat, buoyancy aid and no back protection.
According to the BHPA Technical Manual:
Recommended Practice: Water landings should be avoided at all costs; experienced pilots anticipating flying
This months coaching evening is October 30th at the Glynde Social Club.
7.30 to 8 pm is introduction for new members.
This is then followed by a talk.
This months will be the start of the Pilot Exam sessions.
Please read next post for more information
A fairly experienced pilot who shall not be named flew while suffering from and medicated against man flu.
He promptly flew fully downwind into trees!
As it's that time of year, remember, for very good reasons it is illegal to fly if you are not fit to do so!
Darwin strikes again...
A new telescopic windsock pole has been put in the equipment tube at Beachy Head. It has an associated ground spike, which can be pushed into hard ground reasonably easily. The pole in its stowed configuration has a plug at the smaller end, which, when removed, allows the top sections to slide out and be twisted into friction lock with the sections below. When fully extended, the larger end cap can be unscrewed, and the pole placed over the ground spike. PLEASE KEEP THE PLUG AND END CAP IN THE BAG ATTACHED TO THE BASE OF THE POLE so that they can be replaced after use.
Before anyone climbs up and gets a spanking, or piles in for a landing, I'd like to draw everyone's attention to some old news about ground inversions.
Please see http://www.shgc.org.uk/node/10910
This is again largely a concoction of old material, which is becoming more relevant again.
Once upon a time in the Southern Club there was gentlemanly behaviour in the sky. And it was Good.
Pilots on the ground were aware that they are the lowest form of aviation and justly gave way to all those above them. They even looked to check.