25 March 2017

top tosser


This month's RCME-

Mark demonstrates the highest calibre of launch technique to the nation!






22 March 2017

+1


We've made it past the equinox, so before too long there'll be balmy evenings
with lush grass and a smooth breeze. Something like this.....



Eric and his Storm enjoying the longest day +1 last year




These are the evenings that dreams are made of.










a superb selection of low passes from Eric......




...expertly undertaken despite the distraction of our
resident septuagenarian slopeside philosopher!


20 March 2017

the breast clouds ever!


Mammatus clouds forming over Thurnham a couple of weeks ago
(please excuse the gratuitous use of brightness/contrast settings)







Rather more impressive is Mark's capture from
last July- a wider formation bubbling out from beneath
a thundercloud just to the east of Thurnham.




17 March 2017

last of the high


Thursday evening sees the last of the high pressure and its
associated glorious weather drifting away from the South East of England.

Nipping up the hill for a pre-sundown quickie and what's this we find?
An early spring wild camper trying to get erect? 




No!.... in fact it's the rare sight of a hang glider up on the hallowed turf!



And this evening's quiz.... guess the subsequent chain of events. 

Did the pilot-

a)   rig his machine, assess the conditions for an hour or so and then pack up?
b)   rig his machine, consider flying for an hour or so and then pack up?

or

c)   rig his machine, do a pre-flight check for an hour or so and then pack up?

First correct answer to arrive via postcard at the Goodwind hangar
will receive a slightly swollen 3s lipo pack.


09 March 2017

slopes on the screen

Anyone remember the mid-eighties?



Back in the day TVS produced its answer to Charlie's Angels. This slightly
ropy spin-off from LWT's 'The Gentle Touch' focused on three tasty lasses sorting
out underground crime in the South East. Those of you who (I'm astounded to discover)
have read this far are by now asking 'WTF has this got to do with slope soaring?'



All tastes catered for-
Leslie Ash aimed at the 'I'm easy' hand relievers
Jill Gascoine dishing out the dom for submissive bishop bashers
and the posh bird for the more sophisticated five knuckle shufflers


Well, in answer to your question, the entire series was produced and edited at the Maidstone Studios,
so they used local spots when out-and-about filming.

And the tenuous link needed to weave this into the sloping world?...let's see if
any of our favourite soaring sites featured as a setting for the action shall we?
(the blue text will link you to the footage)












whooh! look out!....





quick exit from Volvo man, he's over-run his allotted
sloping time and is rushing home to avoid
a bollocking from the missus!









out for an afternoon pootle round the lanes...




well we're on Common Road, but we've missed
the turning into the car park for Blue Bell Hill..... 



one glance up at the sky to look at the retro gliders
and we're rolling off into the ditch!







02 March 2017

lost and found


Have you lost it?



We have found it!


If this is missing from you next pre-flight, please
send a message and hopefully we can reunite
it with its rightful wing tip!

19 February 2017

abort! abort!


As we all know, there are times when slope soaring can prove to be the most frustrating pastime known to man or beast.

Add the vagaries of UK winter weather into the mix, and it doesn't take long for even the most casual of glider guiding enthusiasts to develop hairy palms.



It's times like these that find some of us turning to substitutes
which others may consider to be not entirely wholesome...



It doesn't seem to signal the lift very well at all....




Eric is quite taken with the manner in which it beats the air into submission!




Though it appears that Simon is going take a little more convincing.


15 February 2017

screw in the sky


Monday before last, Charlie was checking up on everyone from
the comfort of his private jet.....where were you all?