After we finished with the weights and balances, Robert stated "get you stuff together, you are flying her now!"
So, we dis-assembled the glider, and put the fuselage back on the dolly at the trailer. Then, we re-assembled and readied her for flight.
At this point, I recites the Shepard's Prayer .. "Oh God ... Don't let me F**K Up!"
The controls were so light to what I'm used too, and the duel sided airbrakes took me by surprise! I dropped like a stone when I opened them. I was over the threshold at about 10' and settled fast. I came in with too much energy to bleed off, but then my ground effect was reduced due to a strong head wind. As I was rolling on the ground, and a gust lifted me up and started a pitch/ PIO. I held it off and settled back down, but my intended stopping point was about 2000' short... I felt like a boob!. But again, this was my first flight in a Libelle.
Robert signed me off. and she is mine to do with as I please!
So, what is left?
Well,... Trailer mods to secure the wings and the horizontal stabilizer. There are a few little nicks to clean up, add the wing tanks, and mount my PDA..
After I get some time in the Libelle, it will be time for XC training and Badge Collecting!
There is still more to this blog!
But yet .. there is another story developing. It's about a poor bird that was destined to be scraped until I found her ....
( http://pik20resurrection.blogspot.com/ ) .. I told you I was one sick puppy!