31 December 2016
Jan 1: MS and 2W went through official scrutineering at 8 and 9 am respectively, XG is in line for a 11am slot.
Today was forecast to be better than yesterday but the cirrus layer is causing some concern.
2W crew - Marian Nowak is scheduled to arrive today.
29 December 2016
By 11 we can see sun peaking through the clouds.
Everybody is busy, gazebo up
Rain started, taking shelter in the club house...
Few minutes later - can you see the gliders?
We planned to unpack the container at 8 am to avoid hot part of the day but there was light rain so we posponded unloading to 9 am. After 2.5 hours of work two gliders and trailer were out of the container and hour later all gliders were nicely parked at designated spot for Canadian Team.
Sergei & myself reached airport after 2 days of wondering around the world and Australia.
First leg was YYZ to Sydney thru Vancouver. 22h. Then we played backpackers all day in Sydney walking around and taking port seeing tour before boarding train to Melbourne where we have car waiting for us. Sergei was at the wheel, my task was to repeat "keep left, keep left, keep... ". Annoying part - he used wipers when turning.. guess why?!
2,5h drive and we reached airport. Jerzy joined us couple of hours later.
Day 2 started with moving gliders out of the container.
After few hours of careful unpacking, we rigged all gliders without any problems.
XG was the first one!
All machines were parked in designated spots. Nice touch - all rows are equipped with water valves.
Work in progress, Sergei is trying to unwrap hose. It may take a while - he's electrical engineer, not a plumber!
If you're curious about how the sky looks like - yes, this is BENALLA! we have rain most of the day yesterday and some heavy downpour today! 20-40 mm rainfall was expected. Still better then snow:-)
Luke's pride is ready!
Jarek (promoted to 15m class blogger by 2W & MS)
28 December 2016
time for travel to Benalla we took longer trip on Princes HWY along the
Tasman Sea and we crossed Australia Alps to Benalla. In addition to
seeing kangaroos we also saw two patches of snow crossing Alps at 1600m
MSL. I didn't expect to see snow in Australia during full summer.
We arrived in Benalla a couple of hours behind Jarek and Sergei. We
tried to work on unloading container,
but because we need two trailers to be able to keep fuselages upright
till Luke's trailer will be removed from container we decided to work
tomorrow when we have access to trailers and full team will be here
except two Marians.
As usual, any soaring contest is great for local farmers , rain is
expected for next day and half.
My glider inspection is scheduled for Jan 1 and I hope to be ready on time.