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Milson Airstrip 2018

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Anthony
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Re: Milson Airstrip 2018

Post by Anthony »

Ditto all the above.........Thanks to Ray and Barry for the endless towing, Mandy for the treats, Chris for the site, its perfect.
Sad news about the Wilga Ray, it was a fabulous aircraft.
Good to see that John Watkins still getting to the strip, although only attending Saturday didnt bump into John, Robbie and a few others.... next time. Ant (Peter).

Bendywings
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Post by Bendywings »

Ray,
I hope the September edition of 'Milson Airstrip' is still on? This long range forecast shows an anticyclone over southern England that weekend...
Saturday:http://www.wetterzentrale.de/maps/GFSOPEU00_324_1.png
Sunday:http://www.wetterzentrale.de/maps/GFSOPEU00_348_1.png
Here's to loads of hot air,
Chris G

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Ray Watts
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Re: Milson Airstrip 2018

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Milson is on for this weekend and we are NOTAM'd for Friday through to Sunday so towing from Friday morning for any takers.
There is a new shorter runway at 45 degrees pointing southwest from the drive down to just beyond the end of the hedge so we should be more flexible now. Can't do anything about the weather but otherwise looks good.
Ray
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simon_t
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Excellent turnout today and lots of flying. Very interesting site to fly at, but there have been some good thermals.

Simon
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Sean Fitzgibbon
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Thanks to Ray for organising another great day at Milson today. Conditions were challenging at times, but that didn't deter hardy glider pilots!
It was actually my first aerotow flight today, and it's left me keen for more, even though the landing left much to be desired!
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FrankS
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Yep, although the wind was a little challenging at times, it was another great day out at Milson, thanks to Ray and Simon for the tugging duties and Mandy for the very tasty sustenance.

flywozza
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Location: North Wales

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Just to say I've uploaded some video's of Saturday's gathering.
On youtube under Milson aerotow. Enjoy !!!

Graham Stanley
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Many thanks indeed to our host Dave and our tug pilots, Ray and Simon. The tasties from Mandy were another treat.
My first aerotow for quite a long time, a very pleasant day out.
Dave not only lets us use his land, but also made a part and fitted it to Ron's glider strut. He had his first ever tows, and is now suitably hooked.

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Ray Watts
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Hi Graham

It was great to meet you again after not seeing you for 10 years or so ago at Siege Cross when I first got into aerotowing and you with your airworld Robin.

Dave from Milson is in fact Chris Jones, who is our very gracious host. He does everything for us and more, as you said when he made the strut fix for Ron's glider. He is a top man.

Ray
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Ray Watts
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Well once again, thanks to everyone who came to Milson for another aerotow weekend.

Unfortunately the weather didn't allow us to do any towing on the Friday or the Sunday, but with 25 pilots on Saturday, 6 of whom were new to Milson, and with Simon Thornton (one of the newbies to the site) doing a big share of the towing, the 2 tugs in my estimation did between 100 and 120 tows in total on the day, meaning that the average number of flights per pilot was around 4 or 5, which was not bad in the challenging wind conditions.

This site always seems to bring out the social side of the flyers and there was much banter and sitting/standing around talking as well as flying and a very laid back pace (except for the tug pilots, which I enjoy :D )

By the end of the weekend the everyone's generosity had raised in the region of just under £400 for the local Air Ambulance which Chris is always keen to support so a big thanks for putting your hands in your pockets guys.

Really looking forward to being back at this special place next year and seeing you all again

Many thanks

Ray and Mandy
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