- Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:30 am #403784
As for my ugly?...well i think one of my mistakes was in that category, however most of my uglies happened many decades before handy cams!...I will briefly mention these but first i want to explain my reasoning for this post.I think we have a more lasting impression when you make the mistake yourself however that is not to say you cannot learn from others mistakes...i know i have and its a lot less painful physically, mentally and financially. ....now those early uglies, i learnt a painful lesson, when i borrowed a mates more advanced glider and stalled tailwind, crashing back onto the rocky top.A reshaped nose and my only hospitalisation and relearnt respect for my non abilities....I learnt never be too proud for a wire assist after slamming onto a rocky road behind t.o. in strong winds..lucky i was in the spoon drain and glider took the brunt...the left knee was sore for a few weeks though! These next two were potential uglies i guess,..desperate to land on a xc ,i convinced myself the two power poles i flew between were disused and no wires,packing up was sobering looking back at power lines somehow missed! NEVER assume because you don"t see them the wires aren"t there ..and check the crossbeams to figure wires directions...We were starting to fly first generation 70% double surface gliders,i had ground looped mine trying too hard to scratch up on sand dunes.After replacing a d.t. and reforming some battens, my next fly i experienced a really bad r.h. turn and had to land quickly before i was too tired to keep it level.Grumbling to a mate packing up , he walked over to my glider and to my protestations of"" stop, don"t open that,i will have to realign it"..he ripped apart the velcro holding my d.s. together then waved me over.When i peered inside the sail i couldn"t believe it.The r.h. crossbar was bent at least a foot off centre in the middle!! Thank god Aussie gliders were built strong...The three lessons of ....Check your equipmentThoroughly after incidents,test fly from appropriate sites and be familiar with your gear was not lost on the club members as the sound of opening velcro became a normal thing! If posting this video encourages constructive comment or a chuckle on me, well thats ok.