Learning to Soar
In February 1980, I headed off to the Waikerie Gliding Club
in South Australia for a two week holiday during which I
was going to learn to pilot a glider. Two of my work mates
at BHP and I had decided we wanted to give it a go.
Lloyd learning to soar with
instructor Hayden Dunn
I'd never seen a glider, or even read much about
gliding, but I was interested in learning to fly and
gliding seemed a natural progression from sailing. Though
come Monday morning 4th February 1980, when I was strapped in to the front
seat of a Blanik two seater metal glider for the first
time, I remember thinking that I'd better like this. After
all, I'm here for two weeks!
I loved it! The only way to really fly. Mid-week the club
finished preparing their second Grob Twin Astir two seater
fibreglass glider and I became the first student in it. My
instructor, Hayden Dunn, introduced me to cross-country
soaring that day with a 1 hour 39 minute flight to Wunkar
I went solo on my 26th flight on the Friday. Launch
height 1600 feet, maximum height 3800 feet, twenty-three
minutes flight time.
I've just flown solo! — Twin
Astir IKU, Waikerie, SA
(Friday, 8th February 1980)
I was glad I'd booked for two weeks though. During the
second week I was able to really get in to it and started
to become a pilot, rather than someone that had just
managed to fly solo once. On the Monday I did a 41 minute
flight to qualify for my "C" Certificate.
Monday, 01 April 2013