Wichita at the Glider Port #

Wichita Glider Port
The Mosquito helicopter

When I arrived in Wichita I was hoping to hook up with Bob Holliday, we had not seen each other for over twenty years but our lives have followed similar tracks having both transitioned from bicycles to aviation. Anyway Bob had flown down to Lake Texoma for a little fishing, so his wife Ruth gave me directions to the glider port.

When I got there the wind was a little strong, so I wandered around and checked out the gliders in the hanger. I met a mosquito (helicopter) pilot named Doug Bryant who had the most amazing little machine. It’s a Far 103 legal helicopter. He stays pretty close to the ground and close to the field because he is new but it’s got enough range to do some mild XC flights. I couldn’t help thinking that this was an expensive toy because it didn’t have the range of my PPG and the pilot was shy of leaving the confines of the airpark.

Last hour of light the wind came down and I went for a nice exploratory flight. I had to abort the first launch but it was a non event. The second launch was fine and I climbed to 100 feet to get the lay of the land. I noticed that the motor was sounding weird more throaty and the power was lacking. I had test run it earler when I put in the larger jets and it seemed ok but there was deffinitly something different now. I thought that perhaps I needed to try another jet but later, aftr landing, I discovered that I had left the choke on. No damage but I’m beginning to think the clip to hold the cable may not be such a great idea.

Here is a link to the Glider Port http://members.cox.net/motorgliders/WichitaGliderport.htm

209 …210…211 Simms

Bad Launches the first two. I should have aborted. Marek said I took off with a 40 percent collapse. It inflated as soon as I left the ground but stupid …stupid …stupid. there was a slight pull to the inflated side but it was not like the wing was oscillating. Once up, the air was nice. I launched the third time just to get a good one in. I think part of the problem was that the field is getting really bumpy.

Flight #205 and #206 Simms

Light wind from North East
Dan Kamasar and Paul Dillon plus one spectator
Glass off was great. Played at pushing a coyote around from 20 feet.

Added Power in turn at low altitude. and made a beautiful hard turn to long final….flew the Nap of the field for the entire span and set down softly at the truck.
Engine is starting very well…It must have helped to clean out the decompression hole at Monument Valley.
It’s interesting how comfortable the “Home Field” is after returning from the Monuments.
I was dismayed to read Dell’s ugly rant after the Maxwell Incident.
This was a good confidence builder after the tragedy