1/11/2018 Johnny Barnes
Arrived on take off at 10.50am to find it sunny, warm and with a very light breeze on the slope - but forecast to increase. By the time I was geared up it was almost soarable - five minutes and a message to the J36 group later and it seemed OK so I took off for what would hopefully be the first real chance to try the GTO 2.
The first of several flights was lovely. smooth and bouyant with a decent thermal shortly after take off to 700'- a spell of exploring the site and wing and a top landing. A few more flights with a little more bumpiness, a tadge more wind and signs of the other J36 pilots arriving. Finally, Geoff Yeadon arrived on top as I came in to land on top ... the increase in wind now more evident.
By the time everyone had arrived the wind had risen beyond acceptable and it looked like a walk down. Twenty minutes of chewing the fat and it seemed to ease considerably with the passage of a big cloud. I took off again, but after a short while the increase in wind became more noticeable. I flew out into the valley to find it quite gusty so decided to use the field landing as opposed to the fell behind the trees which can be turbulent under some conditions.
The others walked down and we departed to the Churchmouse for our usual coffee and toast.
The GTO2? A revelation .... not many around in the UK, but actually head to head a better glider than the M6. That really surprised me ... first time I've ever flown a GIN wing.
Now off to Scotland.