Blog - Pilatus B4
I met a friend of my owners wife (a really nice lady..) who when she saw
what I get up to, suggested that I and all the other members of the
NNAWGC pilots should create a blog, which captures our adventures every
time we are able to fly; a pilots perspective.
So here goes….
|5th Oct 13
I went flying today at Callow Bank, near Hathersage in the Pennines
whilst attending a scale day fly-in of the Sheffield Society of
Aeromodellers (SSA) . Unlike on my previous outing, I really liked
today’s airborne escapades.
My previous flight back in June had been particularly stressful, and I
felt that nobody loved me… whilst flying on the Long Mynd, Shropshire on
his wedding day of all days, not even the weather gods liked me that
day. Yes, lovely sunshine but what turbulence... more than after a good
night out on a curry..... variable wind hitting the slope
in all directions causing such windshear.... it didn’t take long before
my nerves were getting the better of me; I was in
To be honest, I should not have flown but got carried away with the
moment. Well, it was a wedding day and not wanting to disappoint the
lovely bride. Head wind, wind from the side, Tail wind…. I lost my
airspeed, stalled and being too low to recover, the inevitable happened.
Whilst I survived, I thought my lovely B4 was going to be reduced to the
However, some weeks on, my glider has now been fixed, and in some ways,
it’s better than before, and I have a new cockpit and a joystick to
My latest outing on Saturday, was at the SSA flying site at Callow Bank.
I was a little stressed to start with, but I didn’t make too much of a
mess that the straw on the cockpit floor couldn’t cope with.... within a
few minutes I got the hang of it, didn’t need any more than a few clicks
of pitch trim.
I got more confident throughout the flight that I even did some mild
I was really enjoying myself and getting carried away, but as all things
that go up, have to come back down and make a landing at some time.
Oh dear, nervous again… and now feeling unloved once more, I thought I'd
best get my landing right.
Oh boy, even Pooh Bear would have been proud; whilst Tigger, aka Neil
looked on, I couldn't have done a better job. A text book
landing…..lining up on the landing strip, such a smooth landing, I even
managed to run along on the undercarriage for a while before letting the
wing tip drop to the ground. Sweet!
Don’t let on, but I was well chuffed with that, I even had a grin on my
face, until I looked up at my master of course. Well, I can’t give too
much away, but I quite like my new life as ‘Aviator’ Eeyore. The rest of
the gang would be well impressed too!
My second flight of the day created an aire of excitement in the
cockpit with a few more aero’s and low passes.... And another landing to
match the first. Oh yeah…Oh yeah... Certainly a Panatela moment, I can even
hear that music in my head.... Air on a G String.
I’m now going be miserable again for a while, well I do have to keep up
appearances, but hope I get to fly again next week at Devizes. I’m going
for a well earned rest now.