After not flying for the last few weeks with Weather and Winch issues, it was full steam ahead for 621 VGS on Saturday.
The break had left only a few staff withing their 31 day currency. So the first few flights were required for getting a number of our staff back into current practice. After that – it was in with the cadets.
The results: All of the Gliding Induction Course (GIC) cadets completed, and both Gliding Scholarship (GS) cadets getting back up to speed.
Sadly Sunday brought stronger winds again and an early finish to flying. Another opportunity for some Ground Training for GS and the Junior staff.
It’s been a frustrating start to 2014 with Wind, Rain, More Rain and More Wind stopping 621 VGS from operating.
Operations can only take place when the mean wind speed is no more than 20kts. With several days giving wind speeds of over 35kts and gusts much higher. Not to mention the rain!
621 VGS also require a Winch to get the gliders airborne. The squadron has three winches which are maintained by RAF Brize Norton. With the high workload at RAF Brize Norton, all three of our Winches are awaiting or undergoing servicing. Therefore we are currently unable to operate.
All of these frustrations will have an impact for a time after we start to operate. Pilot’s are required to maintain in current flying practice by flying at least every 31 days. By the time we have a winch and flyable weather – almost all of our staff will require at least the minimum 2 check flights. These checks will cascade allowing cadets to start flying later the same day.
Our staff can’t wait to get cadets back in the air!