The drive out from Perth was lovely, I got away before dawn and the weather was crisp and cool, and wonderfully clear. Clearing the hills and into the wheatbelt at dawn I was treated to a spectacular sunrise - along with my anticipation for the day's activity this had me in excellent spirits right off the bat.
I arrived at the airfield about 8:30 and met up with Iain Russel, my instructor for the day, who signed me up as a club member and got me all sorted with paperwork and induction into the club. Iain was extremely helpful, and went to a lot of trouble to show me what was what and get me involved in the club activities right from the word "go."
The first item of business for the day was to get all of the aircraft to be used that day out of the hangar. The club has two two-seater training gliders - a newish PW-6U composite glider and an older aluminium IS-28B2; and four flying single seaters - two Jantar Std 2's, an old Ka6 and an old Pilatus. In addition, there are two tugs for aerotowing - a Pawnee that was down at Jandakot for servicing, and an Auster J5/G which was the towplane on duty for the day.
|Agnes, the Auster J5/G towplane|
|PW-6U two seat trainer, built by SZD in Poland|
|Another shot of the "PeeWee"|
|The front office of the Peewee.|
|Iain in the front seat taking up Vic for his checkflight|
|Thermalling at about 4,500' in the "house thermal" near Cunderdin Airfield|
|A WA Wheatbelt sunset over Cunderdin Airfield|