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StingFest 2012

Ric Evans put together this video from StingFest last year.

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Nigel to the rescue

Since Wingtech is close to the wetlands at Jewells, its not unusual to get the odd little critter come to visit. On Easter Thursday we caught a glimpse, of a hint, of the tip, of something diving into the plotter's pump housing. I was thinking mouse/rat but after opening the door a smidge, I made out, in the gloom, a (big) striped reptilian face staring back.
That door has never shut so quick.

Denman again...at last

Seems like years since we've flown at Pete and Chris's, but Easter Friday & Saturday were good reminders of why the drive is so worth it.

Broke to Bulga on Saturday

Too much cloud, too little sun. The grey layer was above hill height but not by much. Light drift did little to nudge dormant looking clouds and a patient gaze was needed to see any growth in the margins. I sat with Camo in Freeo's car lot sheltered from a gentle ENE. We hoped conditions would prove better than they looked but the optimism slowly faded while we waited for others to arrive. Then a tower of cloud was spotted in the distance, a pillar of hot air going vertical. Then another. Each time instantly sowing seeds of hope and stirring that excited anticipation only a pilot knows.

Allan McMillan flies 245km from Borah to Walgett!

NHGCXC: #nhgcxc @uciam has just flown his Sting 3 over 200km for 7 hours from Manilla to near Walgett! Well Done Al! - @DementedManiac - NHGCXC: #nhgcxc @uciam has just flown his Sting 3 over 200km for 7 hours from Manilla to near Walgett! Well Done Al! - @DementedManiac [NHGC XC]

I've just gotten off the phone with Al - he flew for 7 hours to land 245km from launch. Climbs initially to about 6000', later in the day to just under 10,000'.

Gotta love the flying season it is

Man are we getting spoiled here in Newcastle. I'm now in my 12'd week in a row with flying time. Looks like today will be the third day in a row this week. I'm not a greedy man but "Keep It Coming"
Here is a little vid from last Sunday.

Cheers

CYA 'round the ridges

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weekend XC

Great day Sunday, strong lift, interesting convergence lines huge long glides, a moderate base, a great thing was the very gentle winds, it was a real go anywhere day. Launch at Broke, attended by Brizo the super driver, Ebbs, Cammo, Hadewych, Drew, Jason Mc. A fast climb to base and the shade grounded the rest of the crew (none got away). I went way SW for a photo mission, very hazy day, but at least the soaring was good. The scenery is really awesome, rugged cliffs and hidden valleys.

Dudley bluff fire

After the fire at Dudley both the NE and SE launches look fairly usable again. I flew past yesterday and got a photo.

The Bluff post fire, November 2012

dudley bluff

Recent Mt Borah visit

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Wobble Mount Go-Pro

Flying at Dicko on a windy Sunday afternoon with my @gopro wobble mount.

I need still more tension on the rotator, and I need to stiffen the arm to reduce the bouncing, I might sleeve it with a carbon fibre rod.

Switch to HD, click the full screen icon, sit back and enjoy.

Dawson


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