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ImageThe annual fly-in to the Long Mynd gliding centre which is the base airfield of Rotorsport UK, the manufacturer of the MT03, attracted 11 gyros.  This beats the record set by Gyrofest earlier in the year.

Chris Jones and Malcolm (G-CFGG) set off from Kirkbride to join up with Phil (G-CERF), Adrian and Steph (G-JYRO) and Peter (G-LUNG) who were all flying into St Michaels before heading down to the Mynd.  At the same time Phil (G-CFCG), Martin (G-YPDN), Dave (G-TATA) and Andrew (G-DADA) set off from the Gyrocopter Experience base in Rufforth York.  More than by luck than any planning or judgement, both gaggles of gyros arrived at the airfield at exactly the same time.  This created a fantastic spectacle for the guys on the ground as 8 gyros lined up on finals. 

Already on the ground were John (G-PPLG), Brian (G-RIFS) and Gerry (G-RSUK).

 We had a great day on the Saturday just catching up with all our mates and meeting the new pilots. In the evening Gerry treated us to clips of his recent trip to Africa making us all jealous.

ImageWhen we woke up in the morning it was thick fog. No flying in the morning.  By lunch time 3 guys had to go home by train as they could not take the risk of the weather staying the same and being stranded.  8 of us decided that we would stick it out and, as the forecast for the weather was better in the morning, would stay another night.

Actually it turned out to be a lot of fun.  Gerry to the opportunity to give us a cut down version of the engineers training course that he had given some weeks earlier to the new "on the road" service engineers.  This filled in some our gaps in our knowledge of how these fantastic machines actually fly.  Also the food at the Long Mynd site is great!!

At 6am on Monday, we all got up, inspected the aircraft that had been lovingly licked by the sheep during the evening, and flew off home.  This time we all had a tail wind for most of the journey - Dave and I made it home in under an hour and a half - it took us over 2 and a half hours on our outward journey.

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