Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Volksrust Aug 2005, Izak Theron launching a Zipper. Photo by Gert Nieuwoudt.
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Gert writes:
I joined the ETB clan the past weekend for one of their regular Volksrust outings. A few others joined in with about 14 pilots in total on Saturday. The lift was at first light and not consistent but improved during the day up to the point where we had a ball. The crowd was made up mostly of slope and glider pilots. The usual foam wing was used to get warmed up and followed up with other slope toys. The models ranged from Norbit's 4.5m ASW-26 and flying wing, Toko (Theuns Coetzee), Baby-Eish (Herman), Shongolollo (Paul), Fling DLG (Herman), Zipper (Herman), Hill billy, other Glass slippers and some "crunchie" models. Yes Herman had quite an interesting carload full of gliders all in immaculate condition. Herman, next time I will take a go with that Baby-Eish.

I used the opportunity to maiden my 54cm Limit-Ex and was surprised to see it fly really well. It is obviously very sensitive, but after some endpoint adjustments it was easy to handle. The one ruddervator horn broke off and caused it to spiral in. Due to the low weight the damage was little and will prolly become one of my favorite toys in future.

I had to leave early on Saturday but had my fix and is now again ready to take the workload. A day on the mountain is always refreshing and to see a few old friends is priceless.


PS. From Izak
Die wind het Saterdag middag meer steady geraak hoe later dit geword het en Paul en Norbert het tot amper sononder op die valley release gevlieg. Ek het 'n bietjie vroeër afgegaan plaas toe want die griep het my behoorlik begin pak.

Sondag was 'n bietjie meer consistent as Saterdag maar ek moes teen 2-uur pad vat. Paul, Norbert en André het oorgebly Sondag aand en het blykbaar 'n fantastiese dag Maandag gehad.

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