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Avast, ye wind be too strong!

An SZD Pirat.

An SZD Pirat.


… (continued)

Today (Monday) I did go back down to Schmoldov. As well as the Puchacz, we took an SZD Pirat out of the Hanger (We pronouce it in English as ‘peerat’ but in Germany say actually say ‘pirate’). I was pretty much just told to get in it and fly it. Fortunately, my own experience told me that while it was calm on the ground behind the trees, the wind would be very strong higher up and probably 90′ cross, so I did the necessary mental preparation. Sure enough, the winch launch left me downwind, despite a lot of lay-off and the flight consisted mostly of pointing into wind. The Pirat looks a bit like a K6 and feels like a K8 to sit in but turned out to have much better penetration. On this account, my unnecessarily cautious close approach left me using almost full airbrakes the whole way down.

The second flight was a student and instructor in the Puchacz after which the Winch driver called end of play. (The cables were still drifting well downwind after release and wearing against the edge of the cable guides). There was also quite a bit of high cloud cover in the morning, so the thermals would never have been brilliant if anything. So that was it, and at lunch time we all gave up and went home. I took an even more scenic route through some forest which was nice, but a little too long to want to do again. A slightly disappointing but pleasant and technically still successful day.

Wheels slipping? Just add a tub o' concrete.

Wheels slipping? Just add a tub o' concrete.

Cross wind and high cover.

Cross wind and high cover.

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  1. hrf
    May 12, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    The pirate looks like my B4 😀

    • May 13, 2011 at 8:04 am

      I’ve never actually seen your B4 in person.

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