Monday Ops

Well, we are in for a near record of 6 day’s  over 35C! according to forecasters.  If it  gets to that today it will be muggy as hell, already I have had 1mm of rain. Yesterday, apparently got to 37C although I did not think it so whilst flying but alighting from my second flight, 52min, my shirt could well be wrung out. I did drink well during the flights and the day, however I must have been dehydrated as I had problems quenching thirst at...

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Monday ops

Well, we are in for a near record of 6 day’s  over 35C! according to forecasters.  If it  gets to that today it will be muggy as hell, already I have had 1mm of rain. Yesterday, apparently got to 37C although I did not think it so whilst flying but alighting from my second flight, 52min, my shirt could well be wrung out. I did drink well during the flights and the day, however I must have been dehydrated as I had problems quenching thirst at...

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Monday Ops

What a night! Lightning started at just after 12pm and lasted ‘til about 2am and was virtually nonstop. 15.75mm in my rain gauge, 12 of that fell in 10mins, at least the road gutters and footpaths are clean. Mollie was a bit nervous and sat shaking and dribbling for a hour.   Monday was a ‘different’ sort of day with the conditions being eerie, could tell there was something in the air, but not thermals. I doubt that we would have operated had...

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Monday Ops

Wind, wind and even more wind! The top register was for 35Knots yesterday and as I sit here and write this, wind speed is increasing with gusts at present being 29Knots. With tons, yes I mean tons, of dirt in the form of dust coming from the Pinery/Mallala area the prudent decision was made not to open the hangar doors! Gliders remained in place all day. Passengers cancelled, tow pilot returning home a couple of us settled into a quiet debrief...

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Monday Ops

“Now I know what a feather feels like when it’s tossed around in a storm” was the comment from a very experienced pilot on Monday after a flight. The air was rough and certainly as rough as  had been for a very long time. On aero-tow the vario ranged from -2 to jammed on the stops, a circle ranged from +10 to -4  such was the day, all day, and it did not get better with age, the wind whilst averaging 10 – 11 knots was gusting to 18. (These...

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Monday Ops

As I sit here I just wonder what my display of hydrangeas will look like by tomorrow afternoon? Never mind, I guess they will recover but it may well be a cracking day up high. Mollie has a friend staying over for 10 days or so, Captain Jack is back! His Mum has gone to Queensland for a break. He was at a dog show on the weekend, however Mollie has reintroduced him to the fish pond and garden and I must admit that he looks pretty ordinary at...

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