Day five was another unusually windy day with a strong westerly, but having already covered all the required air tasks for the EP and CP students, we headed off to one of the landing fields for a long session of reverse launch practice and ground handling. The EPs, Monica, Cezar and Tom all picked it up with the greatest of ease and were soon launching and controlling the wings around the field. Rob, Conor and John all practised their already excellent ground handling while Lee and I looked on with a critical eye!
Day six dawned grey but with a good afternoon forecast we had a relaxed morning during which we gave the students the good news that they had all passed their EP or CP courses with flying colours (excuse the pun!), before heading up to Little Church, a lovely launch overlooking the coast. After I had a quick check of the conditions on the gorgeous 777 King the crew all had a delightful late afternoon flight out with the castle and coast on one side and the snow capped Mount Olympus on the other…..a perfect way to end the flying week.
So to summarise, what can we say? Well, we had a great bunch of enthusiastic and fun students, an excellent guide in Stelios and his family, and a great hotel with brilliant staff. Although the weather was not perfect at times, we achieved lots, got all the course objectives completed and flew some beautiful sites in the process. All in all a brilliant trip and we already have a number of dates pencilled in for further EP and CP courses and XC weeks through the year.