12.06.11

Big Sky in Argentina

Coming from Australia and having flown in the United States, I am used to seeing “big” skies.  The kinds of places where multi-terawatts of energy are going up into the clouds and just begging for a glider to siphon off a few kilowatts.  [I will always remember seeing the ground just fall away from me in Australia once.]

Argentina is even bigger.  We have had a few days now where the thermals were not very exciting.  In fact, with a few hours wasted looking at oxy systems and other time-wasters, we launched after 5pm local time, for a 200km local flight.  We’re not even trying to fly straight lines and optimise our cross-country distances and 200km disappears under the wings like there’s no effort at all.

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