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Everyone awake and running on all cylinders, we had a slow start meeting jockey at 1000, so for a hour or so we watched pilots descend, sat beside the pool catching a few rays and taking it all in, a nice relaxed approached to a nerve racking day! Once fueled and cooked we left for Jockey's, we were introduced to his accomplices (3, however can't remeber their names!) briefed, and then shown the landing and what was to be expected.
Day 1 consists of
Large B decent
BIG Big ears
Van all loaded no time wasted, off we went up the mountain, for Al, Barry, & John they could now appreciate the joy of the journey up!! Today we had Jenson Button driving...
Arriving at launch conditions were perfect, not too busy, sun shining, wind a slight breeze, a tad too light for reverse launches but nothing Khpa couldn't handle. A few pilots benefiting from those last minute forward launches nailed ground handling the day before! Everything went like clockwork, 10 minute intervals between launches gave us all plenty of time to kit up and prepare for the decent!
We all performed as jockey expected, everyone pulled there weight, setting a great benchmark to work off for the following day! Once all safely back to ground, we agreed on a time/place to meet for our debrief which then led to food, drink, and display of our antics on two large tv's whilst we clapped and laughed, mostly laughing... With a great deal of piss taking!
You don't flirt with the instructors Girlfriend!!
We now know what a "quief" means,
The outside break is nessessary for wingovers,
La carte, isn't a BBQ,
And most important, Preflight checks are vital! Be it from not wearing gloves, Having Lines clear for launch, sun cream in the eyes. We learn from others mistakes... ... See MoreSee Less
Saturday, we woke early, breakfast, sorted, we went for a walk to look at the landing area, which was welcomed by all as it's one less thing to worry about! Watching people descend from the mountain we were eager to start! We sorted out a few bits n bobs and agreed to meet up with the local driver to take us up the hill to get used to the air before D day, Al, John, & Barry stayed behind, did they know something we didn't? The ride up the mountain was interesting, and wasn't as bad as I thought it'll be, we visited 3 different sites all of which a few pilots were taking off from, but the majority waiting... This was a running theame for the day! We waited, packing and unpacking our bags with false hope, however the weather just wasn't playing ball and was too risky. I was determined to fly should the opportunity arise, and not have to travel back down the hill in the bus!! But eventually bit the bullet and admited defeat. The rides on the mountain were "ok" going up, going down was another story! With other vans racing to launch on a thing strip of road, 1000foot drop wherever you looked, and a over loaded van with over heated brake discs... What could be worse? OHH Ben B perks up saying he's left his helmet on one of the launches whilst taking pictures!!! (I'm pretty sure I collectively heard a "FFS" in everyone's thoughts) so now this mini bus stops and does a bloody 3 point turn on this dirt track... As you can imagine looking out the windows on all side and seeing tree tops was not fun! Doing it on a blind bend where the road widened, the only thing I can compare it to was that scene from the Italian job! You know the one!!!
Back home safe and sound we de-kitted and met up with the other 3 musketeers who had been shopping and relaxing for the big days ahead, talked, drank, and ate and eventually hit the sack.
Turkey itself seems a great location, other than the dodgy motorists, powercuts, sorting out a few hotel issues, stray dogs & cats, not being able to understand the locals, and on the look out for safe food it's great! Roll on Sunday!! ... See MoreSee Less
Having all traveled to the airport from different locations we all arrived on time, checked in, and passed through security, well all apart from the Pirate Barry, and Viva la resistance Al! The flight out was easily done, loads of leg room, and a fancy new easyjet plane, no screaming kids in sight!
Arriving into turkey on time, 2 hours ahead, 2 hours less sleep!! All luggage collected, Airport transfer was outside a oldish bloke driving a snazzey merc van holding a sign "Miss P Lyons" LOL!
After a quick 30 min drive, which felt more like 2/3 hour as he also drove like a pensioner, not exceeding 40 the entire way to the hotel! we booked in, heads down ready for Saturdays excitements! Breakfast 8-10... That should be enough time to fill up ;) ... See MoreSee Less
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Security in Flight DVDs - Fiona
Tandem hang glider - Daisy
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