Tuesday morning I met Lenin and Mariyan in Sauk City. The conditions were perfect for a day full of flying, a nice light breeze was flowing right down the road. First up was Lenin with a warm up flight before we start throwing skills at him. Then I actually got a turn! This was my first time towing behind my own rig. Everyone was telling me how nice the view was but it was even more beautiful than I expected. The bluff, river, ponds and islands were impressive. You can even see Devil's Head Ski Area from there, so cool!
Unfortunately, Mariyan had a minor mishap while reeling in the line. The line slammed into the winch a bit too hard and busted the belt and tow line. Apparently this is only the second time a belt has ever busted on one of these winches. As you can imagine this is not a part you can pick up off the shelf at Ace Hardware. So, our day of flying turned into two flights and a morning of searching for and ordering a belt. No big deal, Steve at SDI Sky Solutions found a machine parts store in Madison that would be able to get me the needed belt by 7:30 am the next day.
An hour after picking up the belt the winch was put back together and ready to go for Friday's day of towing. Come join us if you're interested!
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