Saturday, September 18, 2021

The Real Thing

Visibility: Beautiful
Wind: Light, from the NE most of the day
Altitudes: Not much above release height
Time Aloft: Several 30+ minute flights
Max Lift: Modest & tough to center
Temperature: mid-60's to mid-80's
Comment: Photos by Rick Ibarra
Tow pilot: Dave Simpson

We train for rope breaks and other PT3 events, but most tows are pretty predictable and uneventful.  Rick tried a few simulated rope breaks today and handled each one in the right way.  So he's now properly sensitized to thinking ahead about where he's going to land if the tow should be unexpectedly interrupted.  All good stuff.

Then, we had the Real Thing!  This photo shows the glider-end weak link which did exactly what its supposed to do - break before the tow line or the towplane-end weak link.  So, Rick got both simulated RB and the Real Thing today and now has one real rope break in his log book.

Elsewhere at the field, Joe and Carl were out sharpening their skills in the air, and Alex, along with Steve (and his companion) logged some quality time with shovels working on our nemesis - the goat head thorn bushes.  Dave Simpson towed, for which we are appreciative.  Not the best soaring day of the year, but a pleasant, late summer day.

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