Yesterday was a bust. I had to be at Burnt Store Marinia at first light to drop off a fisherman so I figured that I should make the best of it and try and get in a flight. So… I posted on Facebook to see if anyone had an LZ close by. Sure enough, within 5 minutes I had a suggestion and after checking it on Google Maps, I was sure it would be appropriate for me and the Falcon. It’s all good.
I dropped off my buddy and arrived at the field just as the sun was breaking the horizon. There was a light breeze and a nice field that would allow me to launch into the wind and still avoid the wires. So, I unloaded and set up for take off and just as I was about to launch, a rather irate fellow walked up with his dog and demanded to know why I though I could fly from there. He had obviously had run ins with us before and was on a mission to stop PPG flights near his home. He proceeded to tell me that there had been 5 or 6 guys out there who were tearing it up and making themselves a nuisance. The cops had been called and if I were to launch …. They would be called again. I really didn’t want to escalate the situation, this wasn’t my field, I probably wouldn’t be flying here very often, if ever, and I hadn’t been involved with stirring up the natives in the first place. So I did what I could to calm the guy down and loaded back up. I had received another address a few blocks east, closer to the Harbor so I drove down there to check it out. It was marginal, there were wires on all four sides and no place for an emergency landing once I crossed the wires. It would have had to have been, one of those launches where you start a turn as soon as you get off and corkscrew for awhile until you have cleared the wires and have enough altitude to venture off. There was also a work crew in the field, shortening the runway even more. I decided to save it for another day. Perhaps when Paul or some of the other guys want to come here.
MFlew to 7075 feet and coasted down at 500 ft/min. It took about 15 minutes to get down. Low clouds and ground fog were moving from the North East but there were layers where the breeze was pretty strong from the south. The one wrap worked better after shortening the strap. I’m going to look for a better type of cruise control … One that I can release more quickly.
Adjusting the A Assists in flight, using plastic Nite Ize cord cam.
Good flight … No Drama
Need to work more with the trimmers. Climb rate fully closed was 260. Very light breeze and smooth air. Time aloft 57 minutes. Altitude 2300