02/03/02 - Jim Mallinson, 39.4km from Coombe Gibbett
I went to Combe Gibbett yesterday and had a lovely flight. There were lots of pilots there (including Fiona Mac so I wasn't the only treacherous Avon member) enjoying a beautiful spring day. Quite a few people had gone over the back by the time I arrived but it was a bit early and none got very far. I left the hill at about 1.30 with Tim Guilford and we scrabbled along at not more than 2000 feet for about 10k before finally getting up to base at 3500. A couple of clouds later I lost Tim when he went into twitcher mode and glided off after a buzzard.
I had to stay low through the outer limits of Southampton airspace before landing on the edge of the Class D bit, next to the A272 between Winchester and Petersfield. Very chilly but good fun!
Date March 2nd