‘A’ Dave had been flying his Pheonix 2000 in his usual competent manner for some time on a dark, windy Autumn day. (Sunday 23rd October 2016 to be precise)  He decided it was time for a landing. The wind was from the hedge side of the field (the east!) and so Dave decided to bring the Pheonix in over the river end – you know – where those tall ash trees are! (or are they elm?)  Later in the day Dave was heard to say that if only he had flown a bit higher he would have missed the trees!  (This is clearly in the same league as football pundits who say ‘If only the ball had gone in to the net it would have been a goal!)

20161023_135959-600x1067Careful observation and good eyesight were required to see the Phoenix, but there was no doubt that it was stuck high up in the trees. After an hour or so of waiting for the wind to blow the Pheonix down, a decision was made to take action! A search party, Dave, Mel and Chris, hiked in to a field on the far side of the river 20161023_140120-1067x600Alne in order to get closer to the Phoenix.

This attracted the attention of Farmer David and his assistant who turned up with a large tractor!

‘A’ Dave had brought the club poles with him, but it was pretty clear that they wouldn’t get anywhere near the Pheonix.

Ideas were running a bit thin, when Farmer Dave asked if it would help if he cut the tree down! Everyone agreed that this was a good idea, so off he went to get a chain saw. On his return his assistant started cutting with ‘A’ Dave closely watching the proceedings!20161023_140754-1067x600



A couple of minutes later the tree came crashing to the ground and all eyes searched the ground for the errant Pheonix.



Even after the fallen timber had been cleared there was no sign of the Phoenix!

Unfortunately, the Pheonix seemed to like being high up in the trees and had merely moved from the felled tree in to one that was still standing. If anything it seemed to be higher up and more firmly entangled in the branches.20161023_140816-1067x600

Dave got his transmitter and tried  to fly it out of the trees, but even after much advice and practical help from colleagues, some of which was useful, the Pheonix was still well and truly stuck!20161023_142047

So there it was left! The hope is that it will come to earth on its own over the next few days. The Pheonix might fall from the ashes. (or are they birch?)


If you look towards the Alne from the flying strip, you might see a gap where a tree was cut down in order to retrieve ‘A’ Dave’s Pheonix. It must have been an ash tree, surely?


  1. A Dave says:

    Those trees weren’t that high when I got there Sunday morning – definitely not pilot error. Must be the high-grade manure the farmer dumped under THAT tree..! 
    Anyway, I’ve got three years supply of fire logs for sale. Any offers…

  2. Mel says:

    I don`t think that glider wants to come down, the way it swopped tree`s like it did, must be the way you fly it.
    It was good of farmer Dave to help out, I`ll have a look for it on Wednesday.

  3. David says:

    I gave the farmer and his worker some money to spend on his cows for his troubles; it was very kind of him to help out. Thank you for having a look when you are there on Wednesday. If it is retrievable, great – I hope it hasn’t scratched the cockpit, they’re over 4 quid buy..!

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