Hey Uther - where's the photos and video???
Here's some shots from my club's Christmas camp at Cootamundra (still ongoing). I managed to get a couple of days there earlier in the week and managed to get a flight on Wednesday evening (it was a goodish flying day and people were getting 3-5 hour flights, so I had to wait until almost 6pm before the glider I was going to fly - a DG-1000 - came back).
I launched at about 6.30pm and landed at 7.20pm (got a 46 min flight). When I launched the day was dying in terms of thermals but I managed to find a 3 knotter rising from a rocky bare hillside and centred it well enough that I gained 1,000 feet. After that it all pretty much went to mush and I was in as much strong sink as I was in weak lift. I took a few photos from the cockpit as the ground looked good at 3,500 feet (2,400 AGL) and then called it a day.
It was my first time flying the DG-1000 and it's a huge beast. Twenty metre wingspan, big retractable undercarriage that Arnie would find difficult to deploy (most pilots end up porpoising like crazy because the effort required to pull the gear level makes them pull or push on the stick as well) and the most reclined seating position I've flown. It feels like a 747 but is quiet and goes like the clappers.
The day before had developed into an excellent day and two of the blokes with private gliders went from Cootamundra to Gundagai and then over Tumut lake and then back to Coota via Harden.
Anyhow - here's some pics - my gals came to the field and got some shots.Towing outThe Pawnee tow planeTying down after landingthree views of Cootamundra from the air in the evening
Thanks for looking,