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28th Jun 2019, 10:04
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Posted By Olympia463

We all well OT here. See it as right relief from...

We all well OT here. See it as right relief from the tragedy that has befallen the ATC.

My own favourite 'land out' story:
My third (failed) attempt at my Silver distance. At Sutton Bank, on my...
23rd Jun 2019, 09:22
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Posted By Olympia463

Pobjoy is right. The ATC was never seen as a...

Pobjoy is right. The ATC was never seen as a source of pilots for the RAF. The main thrust was the character development of the youngsters who joined. The teaching of flying and then going solo were...
20th Jun 2019, 13:47
Replies: 201
Views: 37,509
Posted By Olympia463

Did the T31 have a nose hook? Ours didn't, and I...

Did the T31 have a nose hook? Ours didn't, and I was always towed using the belly hook quite satisfactorily.

And we never wore 'chutes in the T31 in my club. When we eventually got a Capstan...
13th Jun 2019, 14:12
Replies: 2,056
Views: 2,523,092
Posted By Olympia463

AAIB

How long is a piece of string? As an avid consumer of AAIB reports for 20+ years I think we may hear quite soon, as there is so little to say. 'CFIT when dis-oriented in IMC'. There are no black...
28th May 2019, 15:35
Replies: 40
Views: 5,507
Posted By Olympia463

Tugging

My! how the world gets complicated when the chair borne pilots get to work. I'm a glider pilot. It was my job to check out all the tug pilots at our club in 1966 when we bought our Tiger Moth (G-AHUE...
21st May 2019, 19:27
Replies: 40
Views: 5,507
Posted By Olympia463

Maybe start on gliders? I reckon if you can make...

Maybe start on gliders? I reckon if you can make a good job of landing a glider you will have no problems with either tail or nose wheels. As a glider pilot I often had opportunities to fly power...
17th Apr 2019, 08:53
Replies: 82
Views: 45,121
Posted By Olympia463

You know boys, I don't give a s**t for what...

You know boys, I don't give a s**t for what anyone thinks about me being a pilot. I know that the day of my first solo changed me forever. I joined a band of brothers and sisters who all shared the...
16th Apr 2019, 18:30
Replies: 82
Views: 45,121
Posted By Olympia463

I'm a glider pilot. When I tell people they are...

I'm a glider pilot. When I tell people they are impressed, as they think flying without an engine is nothing short of magical. With fellow soarers I get respect only when I add that I am an...
4th Apr 2019, 19:39
Replies: 29
Views: 5,408
Posted By Olympia463

Mmm. I was once asked by my CFI to check out a...

Mmm. I was once asked by my CFI to check out a 'hot shot' Australian pilot and show him round our circuit, as he was competing in the gliding championships which our club was hosting the following...
2nd Apr 2019, 10:58
Replies: 29
Views: 5,408
Posted By Olympia463

Ah. The great Henry Doktor. Arrived late one...

Ah. The great Henry Doktor. Arrived late one afternoon at Sutton Bank to do my instructor's ticket with the National Coach. Henry took me round the circuit in their Cub, or rather I took him round...
9th Mar 2019, 19:40
Replies: 29
Views: 7,732
Posted By Olympia463

Other foul-ups

This is not a tale of potential disaster, far from it, but it made me realise that gliding was always going to be full of opportunities worth seizing :

Warm Saturday afternoon in August 1966 at...
25th Feb 2019, 16:27
Replies: 2,056
Views: 2,523,092
Posted By Olympia463

How true, I was an engineer, and led large...

How true, I was an engineer, and led large projects which involved hiring people. Often I encountered applicants who had 20 or 30 years of 'experience' , but who on deeper enquiry had obviously had...
9th Feb 2019, 20:00
Replies: 29
Views: 7,732
Posted By Olympia463

463 crash

What on earth was somebody with 18 1/2 hrs doing in a Olympia 463?! I wasn't allowed anywhere near one till I had over 200hrs P1. When I bought my first glider, an Oly2b, with about 50 hrs P1, I had...
7th Feb 2019, 16:19
Replies: 29
Views: 7,732
Posted By Olympia463

Ah, another 463 pilot. we are a rare bunch, as...

Ah, another 463 pilot. we are a rare bunch, as not many were made. I had BGA1305. Moving from an Olympia 2b it was quite a step forward in performance as you observed. Lovely plane to fly, easy to...
6th Feb 2019, 19:36
Replies: 29
Views: 7,732
Posted By Olympia463

ILAFFT

I have always thought the acronym was ILAFFT. 'I learned about flying from that". The point being that if you could write it in your log book you probably laughed about it when it was over. Anyway I...
25th Jan 2019, 19:06
Replies: 13
Views: 4,557
Posted By Olympia463

@India Four Two, You checked out tow pilots in...

@India Four Two,
You checked out tow pilots in a two seater aeroplane? Lucky old you. The gliding club I was in bought a Tiger which wasn't up to carrying a passenger as well as towing a glider....
17th Jan 2019, 09:28
Replies: 201
Views: 37,509
Posted By Olympia463

We seem to moving on to a general and personal...

We seem to moving on to a general and personal history of the T31 so I can add my bit I think. In 1964 or thereabouts the ATC squadron a Meir in Staffordshire was disbanded. Several of the...
9th Jan 2019, 19:23
Replies: 201
Views: 37,509
Posted By Olympia463

First flight in a T31. First solo in a T31. First...

First flight in a T31. First solo in a T31. First flight as instructor in a T31 (in 1964).
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