Will Hopkirk and Glyn Jackson the instructors, John Tullett the winch driver, Tim Hardwick-Smith working the launch-point and Les Sharp doing the glider retrieval. Cadets were helping with the last two tasks. All went well. Tyler Turpie and Glyn Jackson had the best flight with 12 minutes achieved.
For the 6th, a different crew: Les Sharp and Peter Williams the instructors. John Tullett and Tim the winch drivers. Dennis Green at the launch-point, Jim Finer and Peter Miller on glider retrieves. Once again all went well, interrupted briefly by a weak-link break. The right one installed and the launches continued. Best heights that day were 1000ft and …. Bailey with Peter Williams did 12 minutes. Cadets pitched in, taking turns to help with various tasks. They even found time to put up a couple of tents, adding a homely touch to things. Glyn & Tim installed a couple of GoPro cameras which gave intriguing pictures of cadets’ reactions to the sensations of launch and flight.
All in all, a very successful weekend for the No 48 Squadron (Stratford) and No 8 Squadron (New Plymouth) led by Julie Woods and Steve Muir. The day was enjoyed by all parties.