The Glider National Aerobatic Championships - 2011
Although as generous as ever, Buckminster GC were unable to supply us with
an ASK21 for this competition and, despite valiant efforts by the club to
procure one from elsewhere we eventually made do with the club’s Puchacz.
This meant that two pilots who had intended to fly at Intermediate level
were unable to do so. Nothing was lost by this, however, as Charles Baker
gallantly offered his services to the judging line and David Gethin stepped
down from Intermediate and flew at Sports level thus foregoing his chance of
taking the trophy home with him.
The weather was not
kind to us with a poor forecast for the whole weekend and we were forced to
make the most of a short window of opportunity which lasted for a few hours
on Friday. Thanks to a slick operation at the launch point masterminded by
the BGC’s Stuart Black, and two excellent tuggies, the requisite two
programs were flown, the first one was truncated and the second one split on
account of the low cloud base.
Michael Corcoran again
gets to carve his name with pride on the Saltby Open Trophy as he ended up
the legitimate winner flying his new Pilatus B4. Among the other contenders
was a noteworthy performance by Peter Sharphouse flying in his first
As the competition was completed by tea
time on Friday it was decided to bring Saturday’s dinner forward to midday
and with no prospect of flying during the rest of the weekend the company
dispersed during the afternoon.