Flying with the Cambridge Gliding Club
Bernd Kolb and I spent yesterday evening with the Cambridge Gliding Centre
. We are currently both at the Code Generation 2009
conference. Andrew Watson
, also at the conference, and gliding instructor at Cambridge, invited us to join him for the Tuesday evening flying - thank you very much for this, Andrew!
Gliding really is the same everywhere, so once you are on an airfield, you can give everybody a hand and help out. And pilots are also a very nice bunch of folks, so it was easy to feel comfortable there. Bernd and I also both got a ride in one of their ASK-21's
, a training plane both Bernd and I have a lot of exprience in. We did a winch take-off, and because it was evening already, it was only a five minute hop. I hadn't done a winch take-off for a long time, so it was also good exercise!
Thanks to the evening crew for their hospitality, and to Andrew to taking us along!