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WWDD 09 - Day 2 - Tandem Refresher

Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:29 am



I got to Wallaby about 7:45 (ugh, that's rough when still on mountain time) hoping to crank out a tandem and a few solos in the calm morning air. I signed the waiver and headed to the flight line. Most of the same crew was working Wallaby this year as last. It was nice to see everyone again. But there was a miscommunication somewhere and the crew didn't realize I was waiting for a tandem. I watched a few folks get their tandems (lots of discovery flights going on). Then I noticed others arriving after me getting their flights too. Hmmm. Maybe I should speak up. So I spoke to Carolina asking if she knew I was waiting and she said no. Oops. So now I'm on the list. I'm sure this was all my fault. No big deal. But Malcolm was busy. By 9:30 I still hadn't flown. So I spoke to Carolina again to see if I could just go up with one of the other guys. After a few minutes Malcolm agreed I could get checked out with Stevie so the two of us chatted for a minute and up we went. I launched and did the whole tow, flight, and landing getting a few reminders from Stevie. It was getting a little punchy by this time and I had to work hard to stay in position. Tandems on the big Falcon are a lot more work than solos in higher performance gliders.

I thought I was doing so-so since I'm a bit of a perfectionist but Stevie said I did real well. I setup a nice approach and we did a wheel landing. By the time we were done it was about time for breakfast so that was it for the morning. So much for my original plan. But I was cleared to do a solo on my next flight. I figured I would wait until evening for the solo so I made no plan to fly between breakfast and lunch. I used all that time to video a bunch of tows and landings.

Unfortunately the winds picked up after lunch so there was no flying late in the day. And as it turned out there were periods in the afternoon it was plenty calm enough for me to do my solo. Oh well. There is tomorrow morning.

The biggest issue is that the weather for Thursday and Friday, and even tomorrow afternoon, don't look too good.

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