Sounds great! I've done a tiny bit of gliding before (about four winch launches over several years), so I hope that doesn't exclude me. I don't know about the dates yet as I work shifts and won't see my roster for a couple of days.
I used to have a T-Shirt quoting.... 'Gliding Instructors take you from behind and make you Soar'.... very wrong I know, and as my rating has lapsed, it's now relegated to being one of those never worn items.
If you get much more interest, it may be worth posting on the Mil thread and seeing if the GSA at Halton could donate a K21 and tug for the task.... serious BBQ territory then!
OK Folks, Just in the processes of putting all the arrangements in place.
Originally Posted by kevwal
Hi Nimbus I'm now a definite for Tue 23rd please, day booked off. Being totally new to gliding a few questions.... How long do winch launch flights last? I assume you get to go higher and further on a tug launch? How much extra would the tug launch be? Thanks Kev
To answer your questions Kev:
How long do winch launch flights last? - that depends on whether you manage to stay up or not!!!
I assume you get to go higher and further on a tug launch? - incorrect! We currently operate winch launches, which on a good day (Reasonable head-wind) will give you in somewhere between 1500 and 2000' on the launch. If the pilot can establish himself in a thermal, then you can use this lift to ascend. Consequently you can then then 'hang around'! or use that height and transfer it to distance, trading height for distance. If you want to go further, then you need to stop and top up the height. An aerotow, will give you the release height (say 2000') without the need to find lift after coming off the winch launch to climb to 2000' feet.
How much extra would the tug launch be? - Currently working on the rates for that now; I'm trying to secure the clubs tug, but have offers of additional tugs as well.