The good, the bad and the ugly

Posted by Jenni

Click on the pictures to see the videos…

The good

Spiral
Big spiral 🙂

I’d recommend a SIV course to anyone who wants to increase their confidence in the air. Excellent – scary, exciting and reassuring in equal measure. I’m starting to enjoy spirals (maybe a little too much!) and hoping to try a SAT if this rain stops. I’m getting my wingovers bigger and more even. B-line stalls were good fun. And while collapses on an SIV can’t be as startling as ones in normal flight, it’s made me much more confident that when I do get them, everything’s going to be pretty much ok. In particular, collapses and tucks on the bar were a real eye opener – nowhere near as aggressive as I’d imagined. On top of that, I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how non-scary it is to stall my glider – hard, yes, and not something I want to do often, but nothing like I’d imagined.

The bad

Landing after the spiral
Oh yeah - don't forget the landing!

So much was I enjoying my spirals and concentrating on the perfect exit that I forgot about the landing. With Tomas on the radio saying: “Go out, Jenni, go out!” I gradually eased up on the brake, imagining a beautiful smooth exit. It was only when I heard Tomas saying: “Go out now, Jenni, we are too low,” that I realised perfection may have to wait. But that’s the joy of being over the lake – no harm done, and while I didn’t quite manage to make the landing, it was only my legs (and boots and gloves and reserve) that got wet, while my glider landed neatly on the beach!

The ugly

Messy spin exit
How not to exit a spin

With comments like “This is the top of your glider we can see on the video now”, “Here, there is no tension in your lines,” and “Your wing seems to fly very well with a cravat”, I think it would be fair to describe my spin exit as ugly! I was startled by the feeling and let up my hand far too soon and too quickly. And then I froze and completely failed to brake the dive that followed. But I managed to weight shift and compensate for it, stopping it from going into a spiral and got to practice getting it out (wow, that stabilo line’s hard to find when you need it!). Lesson learnt! Not much more add really – I think the video says it all!

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