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No Escape

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Escape from the office for two days and one is invariably made to suffer an email backlog once reality catches up again.

I was training over at Bicester as the newest member of the GliderFX team getting my air show display license from the CAA. In my own case, it means that I can operate down to 150 feet and in this example it means that instead of a banner, I’m towing a high performance glider in rolling 360 degree snaps along a display line. Here’s a cockpit view for anyone who might be interested and it looks as if the first show of the season will be Abingdon although they’ve gone as far as Turkmenistan before!

The tug is a 250hp Pawnee with a big rudder and I can confess that making sixty degree, tight turns at low level, with a second aircraft attached, does concentrate the mind wonderfully and as sure as hell is painful on the leg muscles as one tries to balance the forces with the rudder pedals.



Flying back home yesterday evening, I was pretty sure that I heard Prince Harry buz…