There could be no better way to start the year than to wake to beautiful sunshine and to know that the day was good for some flights. My friends and I had been following the forecast for today since last week. The days all around have been stormy and wet, the whole holiday had only 2 days where it was pleasant to go outside. This was one of them.
In the end it was a little too west and a little too light to make the day a good one. However it was enough good to let me try my new longer hang loop and other little changes to my harness. A good day too to fly my new glider just the second time since October.
I leave the day feeling really happy that the changes worked well, I felt comfortable and happy on my new T2, its lovely responsive and its handling feels natural. I spent a lot of the day looking down on my friends which in a way was a nice feeling, knowing that I have chosen the right glider means I look forward even more to my plans for this year.
Unfortunately however I broke an upright landing after my second flight. I made a similar approach to the paddock over the pub and the trees the difference this time was starting a little lower, I was worried about overflying the landing area and having to go around so I was deep into the field. This meant that my penultimate turn took me a little downwind and my relative unfamiliarity with the glider stopped me making an attempt to correct the issue low down – so I chose to land on my belly using the wheels – my last thoughts before touchdown were that I would be covered in cow poo – in the end there was too much cross in my approach and the base bar dug in and I then went through the upright – embarrassing but a reminder that you have to be fully on the concentrated when landing.
[03/01/13 – Thoughts about this landing have been playing on my mind – I am sure the main error on my part was to be looking at the cow poo rather than to spot on the hill where I wanted to land – looking ahead then makes the thought of turning seem improbable where if you are focused on your target it is just what you do to get there… a basic and costly error.]