2002 Gliding Expedition
4th July 2002: A
day spent flying at Schärding
The day started off wet...
...but Andrew and Tone amused
themselves in their inimitable way...
...while Roger checked the
wind strength using his portable anemometer.
Tone made a
perfect landing in the LS4 after his first solo flight abroad.
Adrian and Tom flew in the
Once everyone had flown,
the beer flowed.
night was disturbed by the sound of incessant rain and a grey overcast greeted
us. All three gliders were rigged, and local check flights proceeded amid
gusty crosswind conditions interspersed with torrential showers. Cumulus appear
on the horizon, cloudbase rises as do the teams' spirits and everyone flies
something, admittedly only local soaring and circuit bashing. Another great
effort from the one man catering operation keeps the team happy and the local
mayor gets in on the act with formal photos of us and flying club dignitaries.
our leaders have consulted the weather entrails and plans are hatched for
another tactical move, this time to Wiener-Neustadt, 196 miles away to the
south of Vienna. This should place us in a good position for access to some
real alpine flying and act as a stepping stone to Slovenia later in the week.