Last Shout - Posted by: Nige - Sunday, 08 January 2017 08:56
Welcome to 2017! after a very successful Birthday Party at SYWELL last year for BRUG and others as our Luscombes hit around the 70 year old mark another well intentioned Luscombe meet up and beer is now being considered. Let's get some more ideas around the table and execute them- life is rushing us past and soon the Luscombes will out live us!! The Luscombe site is stable at present and an excellent source for tech talk and events. So let's try and make 2017 a year to remember! safe flying all and look forward to meeting as many as we can get together over the year! Cheers, Nige.
 

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This was our first experience of flying with the Luscombe crowd and, given the warmth of the welcome and the sheer enjoyment of the flying, Debby and I hope there will be many more. The flying highlight was the combine experience. “Combine” was a new term to me and, if I have it right, it is a military term denoting aircraft flying close enough together to be considered by ATC as one entity. It certainly gave a new sense of security and comfort crossing the waves. For me, though, the best thing was when Alderney Tower suggested that we depart for Guernsey in a combine, lining up on the runway line astern and taking off in rapid sequence. As we climbed out, Tom and Linda in KB took up position to the left behind Nigel and Steph, and Debby and I in MI positioned slightly further back to the right. Thus together we flew the twenty minutes to Guernsey then, in line, flew a long final and crossed the threshold of the 1,463 metre runway a safe distance behind each other, UG landing long, KB in the middle and MI landing short. Marvellous fun!...and it gave me the comparatively rare opportunity to do a long and leisurely wheeler. It was all good, challenging but safe stuff and I look forward to the next opportunity. As for the rest of it, I think Tom’s photos convey the pleasure on the faces and sub-tropical splendour (without the heat) that is the wonderful island of Herm. A big thanks to Nigel for setting it up!
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