The second flight was almost a disaster. Once again I didn’t notice when the trim cam was below the hang point loop. The wing pulled hard to the left as soon as I started the runout and I almost crashed into a picnic bench before I slowed down. In fact I popped up for a second to clear the seat of the bench and the rear wheel struck the seat. I pitched forward and swung back just in time to land. My Lucky Day…. no damage except for cracked fiberglass strut.
It was great today. Went flying the hill at 10:30 with Marek and Jerry. Marek flew his Wistler 2, 14M from the top. Light 2 MPH wind from the east. Boy did he run. Jerry and I flew from the medium launch. Great flights. Started to snow lightly by the time we landed. Headed out to Longmont to meet Joe O. Jerry made his first 2 flawless flights in 2 mph conditions with great forwards and on his second flight Marek joined him on my Spice 22. They looked like they were having fun carving it up. Jerry is a natural and landed with the hugest smile both times. So please welcome Jerry Patton to the Flock. He will be a fun addition beside being a great pilot. Now we have to ponder what wing he should buy. He already outgrew his Aeros Vitamin 30M student wing on his second flight. I’m thinking maybe a McPara Chronos 25M??? How about you Mike?
|Jerry’s first Flight|
|Great Inflation and Runout|
|Snow to the South West|
|Full Flare …. Seated Position|
|Soft as Charmin Butt Landing|
|Great First Flight!|
There were a couple of small GA guys practising touch and goes and one overflew me a bit close for comfort. I didn’t think his vortex was going to be terrible but I banked and dove just to be sure. When it hit I had a one third collapse that popped out quickly. I was at least 150 feet away from his flight path and 200 feet below so it was surprising that I felt any turbulence.
The wing wanted to turn to the right so I will remeasure and move the Riser loops again. Terry’s suggestion was probably right but I over did it when I moved the left loop forward.
I toured the area away fron the pattern, did a few touch and goes and landed after 70 minutes.