Well Hi all and thanks for your patience. Our last Whack Down session (04-24-14) will hence be known as our TRANSITION night. We have had several old (founding) members that have moved on, and so the evening began in a state of minor confusion. However, things soon began to come together, and before long, we were all up and flying. We had quite a turnout of new folks, and some that were returning after being away for awhile…so….the first part of the evening was dedicated to some review work…"High Cross Winds" to be exact. We got the high wind map up and began practicing and showing those that were not here when we originally did this technique, how it was done. It's fun playing in the high wind, and after the training session had pretty well run it's course, we just sort of did our own thing in it. I saw one pilot tackle the triple bridge successfully…it took a lot of crabbing. That bridge is a challenge for many when the wind is calm…it's murder with the high cross wind.
Once we tired of the wind, we got the original Whack Down map up and just went to town on the AI's. There are usually 12 AI's in either the north or south combat circle….and there were 11 of us, so it was pretty well matched. We all got our fill of some really good fighting. In the photos, I managed to capture some really interesting stop action tracer shots. As always, what is posted here is but half of what I post over on the New Wings site. Please, feel free to pop over there and take in the entire Wednesday Night Whack Down thread.
As I said in the beginning of this post, this last session was a TRANSITION session. By that I mean, many of us feel that our current series of lessons has pretty well run it's course. With that in mind, there were many among us that voiced a desire to return to the original concept of PRECISION flying. Besides just flying in formation, many in attendance expressed their desire to delve into group stunt and precision flying….sort of like 1917 Blue Angles or the like. So…as of this writing, our next objective with the group will be just that…PRECISION FLYING. Tell all of your friends and come join us next week for this new adventure…and if you have them…bring along your thoughts and ideas. The goal as of now is to put together and perfect a routine of 5 to 10 minutes or so……then make a video. This should be both fun and interesting. Of course, we'll break things up with some good old fashion aerial combat from time to time…….so we'll see you next week…New Wings Basic Training Server…8:00 PM EDT….that's 5:00 Pacific.
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