Tasman crossers, John Smith, Hagen Bruggeman, Guy Williams, Chris Lawry, Tish Lawry & Mark Alton.Expats Conrad Loten, Kath Abbott, Viv Clements & Dave (Rangi) Stevens
11 April - Practice day.Wind ESE fresh in the morning but dropping off in the afternoon with morning cloud breaking up.
Fresh juice was made by Rangi at Lisa and John’s kitchen at the airfield campground.After an unofficial practice day yesterday when the conditions were perfect from midday till 15:00 a handful of pilots had a great afternoon’s flying.
The airfield at Dalby turned into a campground overnight with pilots turning up from Western Australia, Melbourne, Cairns, New Zealand and Brazil for the great flying at Dalby.The comp was limited to 53 pilots and most of them took to the air when the wind dropped off, to brush up on their towing skills and pick up thermals around the airstrip to 7000ft. If you did not get there on your first tow you could land and get towed up again.
Guy was busy most of the day putting a new RX sail on his RS frame and John got to fly Viv’s new Laminar which he said “ flew better than his Combat L”. John is aiming to win the comp after coming 2nd last year .Winglets seemed to be in fashion on the Laminar and T2C. Will Moyes follow suit?