Pete and PeeWee and I planned a morning of DS at Ngaio. The forecast was for 23 knots but Pete measured over 90 kph at the ridge. I was the first up the hill with a hand cart full of gliders. I launched the JW for a test and found heaps of power but rough as guts on the back. Pete and PeeWee arrived soon after with a plethora of gliders between them.
Pete launched his Bat (original) and battled through the rough to get 184mph, upping the Bat record by 20mph. After a successful backside landing it was time for PeeWee to fly his JW
PeeWee’s JW was no where near strong enough but ballasted up was soon speeding about. PeeWee mucked about doing a couple of laps then flying it straight up to almost out of site. When PeeWee got down to business it was clear that the spars were not up to it as there was massive wing flutter !!! PeeWee still managed to get an outrageous speed of 178mph in spite of the massive flutter until it got the best of him and “arrived” into the hill to finish his flight.
Pete kindly launched my old beat up PMS and I quickly saw that there was speed to be had, if I could hold things together. The speed built until I had passed my PB, then there was a mighty flutter through the top sheer and I had no elevator at all. I grabbed for the flaps and was able to fly around for a couple of minutes trying to line up a landing. Unfortunately my flying using flaps for elevator was ok for gentle turns on the front but not a backside landing and 7kg’s of glider turned upside down and plummeted into the bush on the backside. I recovered it (a massive job ) and will be able to fix it but I need to build an new one at some stage. I finished up with 264mph, upping my PB that has been unchanged since January 2015 and taking back the site record from Alex !!
After my lengthy recovery I launched Pete’s AFP70 and Pete awed us with his flying through the rough conditions. At one point the AFP ducked down out of site for actual seconds while still going about 240. I don’t know where it was for all that time but it shot back into view and Pete laughed and before hooking it straight back into the circuit. Pete had nerves of steel flying in the conditions with 90% of the laps over 200 getting a max of 245MPH, just 2mph off his PB. I am looking forward to seeing the video