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April 2009 - thunderbolts and lightning, very very frightning.
We arrived at Cable Downs after a 2-year break. A new team member joined us this year. Michael Jenkins is a member of the Australia Kiteflyer’s Society. He is adept at building and flying trick kites as well as single line kites. He is also an active sailor, crewing regularly on Sydney harbour. his experience with wind sports is invaluable for the altitude record attempts. Our last series of attempts in 2007 netted 3 high flights culminating in 10,466 ft. This year we decided to camp on the airstrip. In 2007, on 2 flights, late starts were limiting factors in not reaching at least 12,000 ft and perhaps even record altitudes. We though that being on the strip would enable us to launch by at least 0900, 2 hours earlier than previous flights in 2007. We did fly to 9,119 ft. and this was an exceptional altitude considering analysis of the wind profile for that day showed a potential of only 7,000 ft. This altitude was achieved on thermals which enable higher altitudes than the prevailing wind for the day would
Above: An interesting image taken from an 80 sq ft delta at 2,200 ft above the air strip on Cable Downs. The camera is a 5 MP Canon digital using a Jaycar relay set to trigger at 20 sec intervals. The cloud base was just above the kite. The camp site can be seen centre bottom and a red/yellow delta is flying 500 ft above the site and 1,700 ft below the camera kite. The camera was attached to the centre spar with a ball swivel clamp. No Pikavet mount required because of the size and stability of the kite.
Australia, a land of contrasts with droughts and flooding rains. After an hour, this lake was gone and by next morning there ws no evidence of this deluge.