Gliding (fixed wing…)

So like a plane, except, extra long wings so that you can cut the engine and glide.  The BF got this as a Christmas gift, so it made my 2016 Goals, and struck something off the bucket list.

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That’s my pilot tinkering

 

I was pretty darn excited:

Excitable clapping also occured

Excitable clapping also occured

Here’s the inside:

Instrument collagae

Let me show you some ‘up in the air’ pictures

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The church my pilot, Bill, was married in.

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Coming in to land, with no engine on Far off on that horizon line is the Blue Mountains, and snow!

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My bread and butter – substations (this is outside my company’s area tho)

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A valley/flood plain

Here’s some shots of the sexy beast I flew in

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In the airfield, there was gliders from another ‘club’ which don’t have engines (they get towed up).  Seems the embedded engine is preferable – less manpower needed, and less ‘vehicles’:

These gliders can't 'self propel'

These gliders can’t ‘self propel’

I loved it! My pilot was super helpful, let me ‘fly’ and took right back over when the nerves got the better of me.  He also told the BF I squealed (true).  I have a real fear with steering a glider, or a jet ski.  But then no fear/freak out with hang gliding or parasailing (both of which I did ‘pre blog’).  I think it’s to do with being able to imagine a sudden, horrible outcome with the former two, and less so with the latter?

The BF also signed his life away and went up too:

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It was a pretty awesome way to spend Saturday morning.  We were really lucky to only book this date in, many people have been repeatedly rescheduled – the airfield was under water a month ago!

The pilots are all part of a club, and volunteer to take us city folk up (DINKs and the like who buy RedBallon vouchers).  The ‘profits’ for this are ploughed into the club, which owns to gliders and a little trailer/office/hut thingie.  There’s air traffic control at the air field, as there’s private planes and other dinky planes, but we also saw some super fighter jet take off too, as there’s an air force or cadets group that train there.  Anyhow, it’s a pretty ‘cheap’ hobby for the club members with the offsetting of once off flyers.  The other pilot there on the day had taken his grand daughter ‘up’ before us, and planned to take her again.  Nothing like the indoor sky diving costs (did I blog about that?)

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5 Responses

  • I love all the photos but I think my fave is the third selfie – outright thrill on your face! It’s almost like a progression from slightly daunted, to ok, to loving it!

    That’s cool to know that RedBalloon vouchers actually do something to help volunteer clubs and enthusiasts. I’ve often wondered at their array of offerings and wondered how they come up with them. Perhaps it’s a coalition of the willing three-ways (volunteer guides, the voucher company and thrill-seekers.)

    I think it would be a really thrilling thing to try. Did it leave you wanting more or just happy to have tried it once?

  • How exciting is that – Great pics! Great views!

  • I love the utter joy on your face.

    I’ve been up in a glider – two separate occasions (in Darwin and Tamworth) and different types. One we were towed up and one a winch dragged us down the runway. Didn’t know they come with engines.

    I loved going up in circles in a hot air spiral. Like an eagle.

    Is this field near the motorway going south?



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