2 and 1/2 hours in the air


Morning at the Airport -- An-2

Morning at the Airport -- An-2

As I have had tonsillitis for a few months, I haven’t planned longer flights until I will have a surgery. However, the weekend weather was perfect and my hand was in. It was ideal to fly 3 hours. (According to the training syllabus I have to fly 3 and 5 hours near the airport and after that: cross-country flights)

At 11 am some nice cumulus appeared in a beautiful blue sky so I thought I should be in the air. I was not successful, I flew 5 mins because the vario didn’t show 0 m/s. An experienced tutor of the aeroclub also said that "the weather is not good”.

I was waiting until 12 noon because I wasn’t hopeful. At 12 a Pirat and a pilot with LS-1 took off and they disappeared quickly. The pilot of the LS-1 told me on the radio that I should take off immediately because near the hills the weather is great.


I followed his advice and I was lucky at that time: I found a thermal (1m/s) and then I wasn’t nervous when I reached the top. This quick success gave me super power! It was wonderful to look at the big city and the small villages in the distance. It was a height record for me (1500 meters) – although I know that it is funny for a more experienced pilot.


I was a bit frightened when I went too close to a cloud because the world became grey for a few moments. I decided to leave the thermal and just go ahead. There were a lot of clouds – it was easy to choose an other beautiful one.

I really enjoyed the closeness of those clouds – I didn’t have to worry when I could not find a thermal. I had the time to doings right.

And now I have to stop to speak about my mistakes: yes, I committed some typical "beginner” mistakes. At first, I was not brave enough to find thermals far from the airport – even when I was at the altitude of 1500 metres. My tutors showed me the calculation: it would be safe. It is just maths: glider ratio, distance and the rate of the lowering.

Beautiful View

Next, I another typical mistake: I never bank the glider. When I was at 400 m I could have save from taking off if I bank the glider. I hope I will have more routine later to learn this.

And finally, I have to confess that my physical condition didn’t let me fly more. It was hard to concentrate after the 2 hour mark so that was OK to go down after 2 hours and 23 mins. Yes, it was a successful task because we can continue the training if we fly at least 2 hours and I did it! And anyway, I felt a bit proud of myself because I broke my personal records.

Now I am ready to continue the training so the next step: VII/5 – 5 hours in the air! That sounds a lot! But before that task I should do my aerotow training because until this time I could only fly by winch.

(This day was successful in our aeroclub: two piltos flew 100 km with Pirat, an other pilot flew 300 km with LS-1.)


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  1 comment for “2 and 1/2 hours in the air

  1. Gerard Robertson
    July 12, 2014 at 3:29 am

    Adrienn, Keep going. You’re doing the right things and you understand what you are doing well and what you need to change. We envy the northern hemisphere, as it’s very wet in New Zealand now.

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