Trial of my fibreglass go-pro mount for the wing of M3

The trial went well and I have some nice videos. I was unable to upload a video clip due to it being too large a file.
I followed all the advice from the BGA with respect to mount cameras to gliders and constructed a bespoke fibreglass mount that fixes securely to the wing and has minimal wind resistance. I could not tell it was attached to the wing from how the glider performed in the air.

This is a still of my final approach to the Park

Mark P


I have arranged for the demonstration of this Eurofox variant tomorrow with Roger Cornwell, the UK agent.
As many of you know, we have had other engine variants at the park and assessed their performance.
This one is more powerful and we need to test it with our 2-seaters when fully ballasted and also possibly a
single seater with full water ballast.

There will be a number of 2-seater flights available to members at the price of a winch launch to a height of 2000 feet. This will be on a first come first served basis.

If you would like to take part or just have a look at this aircraft please come along. We will need video
footage of the ground runs so anyone with a good camera will be most welcome.

Mark P

The tug is out of service due to a cracked exhaust manifold

After the carburettor repair the tug has unfortunately developed another problem. After towing on Saturday I found a fine crack in the port exhaust manifold. This has put it out of service until it can be repaired.
I have an appointment with a CAA approved welder, near Winchester on Friday morning so if all goes to plan I will be able to refit it on Friday afternoon and hopefully it will be back in service this weekend.

Here is the picture of the crack. Notice all the white deposit which is especially marked on the shiny SS nut, it was this the alerted me to look for a crack.

Mark P

Thermal, ridge and wave today flying from Portmoak, Scotland

A day of thermal ,ridge and wave for me today. Managed to climb to just over 9000 feet in this small wave gap. I was lucky to stumble into a 4 knot thermal under nearly 8/8th of cloud after winch launching and heading for the nearby ridge. After the wave I ended up low upwind of the Ochils and had to ridge soar them until I found a thermal that gave me the height to get back home. All in all a great afternoon on a day that looked pretty hopeless due the cloud cover