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No Escape

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 buzzing in his Apache helicopter on a training exercise, his voice being quite distinctive. The word is that he will be playing his part patrolling the Olympic airspace next summer but I don’t quite understand yet what rules of engagement the Government could possibly offer such a heavily armed machine in the densely built-up area that surrounds London.

Speaking of ‘Buzz’, the Turner opening seems to be generating it’s own background excitement and tonight is one of the special previews. The good news is that the long-term weather forecast for Saturday looks very promising and it would excellent if we could show Thanet at its best and most attractive to the media when they descend on us next Saturday morning.

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