Wednesday 9th. A cloudy day to start with the wind, a light to moderate SW’ly, increasing to moderate as it veered into the W and the cloud broke up. 7 winch launches and 8 ATs were flown, the winch launches producing 3 flights of over an hour and the ATs one. It was mainly a day for the 2 seaters, but Astir KRN was flown and 3 private owners also launched. As well as hill lift, there was some wave, with David Campbell reaching 5,600′ asl in the Astir off the first launch of the day in his flight of 2 hours. Andy Parish and Naomi Kennard shared a flight of an hour in the DG1000 during which they climbed to 10,000′ asl while Andy and Lewis Gray from Bowland GC also found the wave in their flight of 1:00, climbing to just under 5,000′ asl. The 4 First Flight pupils of the day had a good introduction to gliding and soaring and the day’s aviating was completed by a single Falke flight.
Thursday 10th. Flying got under way around 1030 hrs under sunny skies, the wind being a light to moderate WSW’ly. 13 ATs and a single Falke flight constituted flying activity for the day,this including 2 flights for First Flight pupils, the wind slowly veering to become a WNW’ly by the end of flying. It was again a predominately a 2 seater day but Bob Calvert in his ASW 19 balanced up proceedings with a thermal flight of 3:12, the best 2 seater flight being by Colin Troise and Tor Taverner who shared 51 minutes in the DG1000.
Friday 11th. A cracker of a day with 42 ATs, 2 solos, 2 land outs, a number of cross countries and a visitor from Rufforth dropping in. The cause, a nice ridge of high pressure providing good thermic conditions and a light WNW’ly flow that strengthened to become a W’ly at the end of the day. The 42 ATs included 14 by private owners with most of the club fleet being utilised. Rob Bailey flew a 320 km triangle, Sut/Market Raisen/Bakewell/Sut at 80.6 kph and enjoyed excellent views of the Peak District in the very good visibility. Phil Lazenby flew his Pegase around a 207.2 km FAI triangle, Sut/Hull/Pontefract/Sut at 79.1 kph, self selecting the Hull turn point to avoid getting too near to the east coast. Conditions were sufficiently tempting but nevertheless tricky, this combination resulting in 2 landouts; Tony Drury in the DG303 and Martin Joyce in Astir KRN. A of photo of Martin in his field, together with his retrieve crew is shown below, his considerate landing along the tractor track being greatly appreciated by the farmer no doubt.
The 2 solos of the day were first Lewis Gray and then Adrian Melia so congratulations to them. Lewis followed his first solo of 35 minutes with a second of 23 minutes while Adrian’s first solo was at the end of the day when thermal activity had died. Photos of Lewis ready to go and the start of his first solo AT are shown below.
Interestingly, Adrian went solo 47 years after his Dad, Mark, having flown the same number of pre solo flights. However, the coincidences don’t end there, as both Adrian and his Dad were sent solo by David Hill. The changes in glider performance over the 47 years that elapsed between these 2 solos can be gauged by Adrian’s average pre solo flight time of 30 minutes compared with his Dad’s of approximately 4 minutes. Among all this excitment, Jon Hart in his Vega had 4:54, and Colin Troise in the Discus had 1:59 to join the list of the 11 pilots exceeding an hour in the air. This particular milestone was not achieved by any of the 2 seater pilots but Andy Parish/Naomi Kennard in K21 JVZ and Mike Smith with his First Flight pupil Mr Armstrong in the DG1000 had 48 minutes each. To conclude an eventful day’s gliding, Rufforth pilot S Hawkin landed on site before taking an AT departure back to Rufforth. To crown the day, the club welcomed a group from Surrey Hills GC complete with an Grob Acro, a Discus and 2 Ka6s.
Saturday 12th. A weak cold front moving SE’ly meant a truncated day’s flying, the front’s low cloud and showers leading to flying stopping mid afternoon. However, 19 launches were flown of which 6 were for a group of Scouts from the Sunderland area. The club DG1000, K21 JVZ and the Discus were joined at the launch point by a single private owner and the moderate to fresh SW meant a day of winch launching that generated 2 flights of over an hour. John Marsh, flying the Discus clocked up one of these with 1:11, while Andy Parish gave visiting Surrey Hill’s instructor Steve Codd a 1:10 introduction to Sutton Bank in the DG1000. Although truncated by the weather, the flying day was long enough to allow Roger Burghall to give Lewis Gray 3 winch launches in K21 JVZ, the first of which saw them climb to 3,500′ asl in wave before descending rapidly as the cloud filled in below them. The next 2 launches had Lewis coping with simulated cable breaks before Lewis was sent solo on the winch to add to his first solo AT flights the day before. So more congratulations to Lewis. The day also allowed a single First Flight pupil to be flown.
Sunday 13th. A moderate to fresh W’ly gusting to 35 kts around the north flank of the high pressure meant a hill and wave day, the latter being illustrated in the following photos taken by John Shaw from his LS7 at around 6,000′ asl. The white dot seen at the bottom right of the first picture is the While Horse while the second photo shows a higher level wave system.
39 winch launches were flown, the club fleet launches being augmented by those of 12 private owners/visitors. David Latimer in his Ventus attempted a Harrogate North/Barnard Castle/Wetherby/Leyburn/Harrogate North task but abandoned it after 154 km due to the wind at height increasing to 60 kts, and 8/8ths cloud cover over the Pennines. This combination made the into wind run into the Leyburn turn point something of a gamble even from the 15,000′ peak altitude David achieved . David’s flight time of 4:55 was not the longest of the day, this being greatly exceeded by Paul Whitehead in his Ventus with 6:33 during which he climbed to 10,000′ asl and visited Pontefract and Staindrop. Another flight in excess of 6 hrs was also recorded by Bob Calvert in his ASW19, the flight time being 6:22. The visitors from Surrey Hills enjoyed the relative freedom from airspace restrictions at Sutton with Steve Codd/A Wooley taking their Grob Acro to 10,000′ asl over Harrogate. 16 of the day’s flights exceeded an hour with John Marsh having 1:51 off the first flight of the day in the Discus (take off time being 0915 hrs) while Brian Wise and D Taylor had 1:21 in K21 KLW. The 4 First Flight pupils of the day certainly were given some great soaring experiences to take away with them. The day’s flying activities also included an single AT, Andy Hatfield taking a guest for 41 minutes in the DG1000. Monday 14th. A moderate W’ly soon decreased in strength providing an excellent day’s soaring with cloud base eventually rising to over 5,000′ asl, sea air arriving late in the day as the wind became a light NE’ly. 26 ATs were flown, half of these by private owners/visitors, with 8 yielding flights of over an hour. Andy Wright, flying his Nimbus after a break of some 7 months, completed a 319 km YoYo at 77 kph in a flight of 3:52, with turn points at Beverley, Leyburn and Goole. Chris Gill and Duncan Pask shared a similar type of task and flight time to Andy, but their YoYo involved turn points at Scunthorpe, Hemsley and the Humber Bridge, the 304 km task being covered at 81.0 kph in a flight time of 3:51. Rob Bailey, after soaring locally for some time, decided to whiz around the club 100 km FAI triangle, Sut/Snainton/Stamford Bridge/Sut and covered the 106.5 km at a handicapped speed of 96.8 kph in his ASG 29. Those soaring locally also enjoyed the good conditions with Tony Drury having 1:41 in the Discus, visitors Steve Codd/H Kirby Smith 1:54 in the Grob Acro while Paul Whitehead took D Kirby Smith for 1:00 in K21 JVZ.
Monday 14th. The moderate to fresh W’lys of Sunday persisted into the opening of Monday but then declined to provide an excellent soaring day with strong thermals and a cloud base rising to around 5,500′ asl. Andy Wright, flying his Nimbus after a break of some 7 months, completed a declared 319 km YoYo, with turn points at Beverley, Leyburn and Goole, averaging 77 kph. Chris Gill with Duncan Pask as P2, completed another YoYo in the DG1000, this time with turn points at Scunthorpe, Helmsley and the Humber Bridge to record 304 km at 81 kph. The day resulted in 26 ATs, including 13 by private owners/visitors, 8 of the launches leading to flights in excess of an hour, Andy and the pairing of Chris Gill/Duncan Pask virtually sharing the longest duration flight with 3:52 and 3:51 respectively. Visitors Steve Codd and H Kirby Smith recorded 1:54 in their Grob Acro with Paul Whitehead taking D Kirby Smith for an hour in K21 JVZ, while Tony Drury had 1:41 in the Discus. Rob Bailey, flying his ASG29 locally for a while, decided to whiz around the club 100 km FAI triangle and did so, covering the 106.5 km of the Sut/Snainton/Stamford Bridge/Sut task at a handicapped speed of 96.8 kph.