So whilst Lee has had the ‘benefit’ of throwing his reserve twice in real life (the hazard of being an Acro pilot), I’ve never (touch wood) had to throw mine in anger. In fact I bought it three years ago and although I have had it repacked annually, generally it’s not something I think about. Occasionally I’ve had the odd thought such as ‘would I be able to find the handle’ and ‘will I be able to pull the reserve out’ but the concerns have not been anything major…. just a little niggle in the back of my mind.
The Free Flight team has just returned from their second long haul trip of the season to Colombia and as I write this blog it’s hard to put down in words quite what an amazing place it is. Before we get started lets go through the trip statistics. We flew twelve out of thirteen days and clocked up 25 hours of airtime. Some of the pilots collected over 150k of distance spread over the two weeks flying; including some declared triangle tasks of up to 75k. A few personal bests were also beaten, so a big congratulations to those pilots.
O.K so we know winter has taken hold in the UK and some of you will be stuck in snow, but without wanting to rub it in we wanted to let you know that the 2015 season at Free Flight Academy has got off to a great start. We are currently just coming to the end of our second ‘Pilots of the Caribbean’ tour in the Dominican Republic and wanted to share some of our highlights.
The first half of our 2014 season has just drawn to a close with an outstanding XC trip to Ager in Catalonia, Spain. Despite some tricky weather conditions at times, we pulled off some great XC. Some of the group made their first flights away from the hill, a few broke the 30K mark and there were many out and return flights made around the beautiful valley of Ager.