The last week has been hectic for the Gympie Gliding Club after notching up 50 flights last weekend.
The last week has been hectic for the Gympie Gliding Club after notching up 50 flights last weekend. Contributed

Gliding Club catching its breath

Gympie Gliding Club’s Judith Smith finds time to catch her breath after a hectic week.

WEDNESDAY, October 6 turned out to be a very successful day for all and the sky looked superb, though the wind was slight but changeable.

The day was well-deserved for members following the club’s busy days with the Air League visit by 43 youngsters plus supervisors Saturday and Sunday, giving us 50 flights for the weekend.

Not surprisingly, we were keen to get back into the air ourselves. Student members like Ben and Dave Burns, and Dave Skett were looking for training flights and we had a passenger, Rick Baker, redeeming his gift voucher and Steve, a friend of Trevor Burke’s, to be fitted into the flight schedule.

The extra help from those on hand made for a quick retrieval of gliders and that helped us keep ground handling flowing and reduce delays for flights, particularly at peak times. Thankfully, Trevor Burke was available and turned up for the day to provide our duty instructor and AEI or we would have missed the good conditions which were attractive enough to entice members to get all club gliders out on runway 14.

Kerry’s motor glider fitted in two good flights before he assisted in the winch too and Dave Rees had to be ordered back from the winch towards the end of the day to fit in his flight in GFB. John McLeod took XOP off for three flights but the day’s workhorse was GFB with nine flights in all.

In all we managed 13 flights in club gliders and two motor glider flights.

Gympie Times


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