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Simon Chaddock28/06/2009 14:52:10
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For a short period today the weather was perfect. Hot, little wind and some nice puffy clouds building up.
So with a suitable cloud more or less overhead I took my Depron Wing Dragon thermal hunting.
Had to climb quite high (guess 500') to get anywhere near the clouds position and then shut the throttle set up a floaty circle and slowly move up wind trying to find the thermal feeding the cloud.
After a few minutes and a couple of bits of turbulence it actually looked like it was getting smaller, after another 5 and it definitely was.
Dare not take my eyes off it in case I can't pick it up again and I'm thinking just what is the range of these cheap 35mHz radios?
Eventually of course my nerve gave out and I flew away. How high? Maybe 1000' but without a recorder its very hard to tell.

Total power time 3 minutes, total flight time 20.  Not bad for what is supposed to be a power trainer.
I appreciate flying in thermals is nothing new but its a long time since I did it and then I was actually in the plane.

Edited By Simon Chaddock on 28/06/2009 14:54:05

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