Monday 25th. A depression moving across Southern England just extended its influence to North Yorkshire, with the result being overcast skies and occasional light rain in a light to moderate ESE’ly wind. The conditions did not encourage anyone to fly in the real world although some of the Slingsby/Vintage Rally visitors tried their hand on the revamped simulator with variable results. Jamie Quartermaine and George Rowden were tutored in the start up procedures for the new system by Mike Brown and George subsequently attempted a Sutton N, Carlton, Tontine, Thirsk task in a Scheilcher K23. This was going quite well until, on final glide, pushing up the speed to 130 kts resulted in the wings departing from the fuselage even though the ASI’s Vne was 150 kts. It subsequently turned out that the virtual ASI was from a K21, with the placarded Vne for a K23 being significantly lower. The day ended on an exotic note for many of the YGC visitors with a Chindian meal provided by Ann Silver and helpers.
Tuesday 26th. The departing depression left a legacy of overcast skies but these soon cleared to leave a reasonable soaring day with good looking Cu and a moderate ENE’ly wind that initially gusted to 20 kts before moderating. 47 ATs were flown, with the visitors providing the vast majority of the 28 private owner launches and most of the solo flying, as only the 2 seaters were flown from the club fleet. These were, however kept busy by visitors, club members and the 6 First Flight pupils of the day. Most of the visitors stayed local, but YGC members Rob Bailey in his ASG 29 and Lindsay McLane in his Ventus flew cross country. Rob declared Helmsley, Pontefract and Hawes as TPs, but abandoned the task around Leyburn as the conditions further west did not appeal. He was joined by Lindsay for part of the task which somewhat surprisingly given the wind direction, provided some weak wave. Rob’s flight time of 3:50 was exceeded by Mr P Thomas, a Slingsby visitor who had 4:00 aloft flying locally, 2 of the 13 flights to exceed an hour. The longest 2 seater flight in a club glider was provided by visitor Mr Griffen and Sue Aherne who had just under 2 hrs in the DG1000, while Rob Bottomley posted the longest solo flight in a club glider with 38 minutes solo in K21 JVZ off the last launch of the day. As well as sating the aviating appetites of the visitors, the day also sated their physical appetites as they were treated to a splendid repast based on ham and salmon prepared by Tim Wilkinson and helpers once flying had ceased.
Wednesday 27. The little ridge of high pressure that had provided a good day’s flying on Tuesday hung on for most of Wednesday, the high overcast of an approaching front not making its presence felt until flying had ceased for the day. Early medium level cloud soon broke up and the resulting Cu, limited in vertical development, were characterised by strong but narrow thermals and a cloud base of around 4,000′ asl, the wind being a light to moderate E/ESE’ly. Flying commenced just before 1100 hrs and continued non-stop until 1700 hrs by which time, 37 ATs had been flown, 11 of which exceeded an hour. No one went cross country, but the Slingsby visitors again provided the bulk of the 20 private owner launches, although YGC representation was provided by Robin Hutchinson in his Swordfish and Mike Wood/Albert Newbery in the T21, one of 2 to fly. Robin had 2:19 and Mike and Albert 57 minutes, a time that resulted in a couple of cold pilots,due to their long period at cloud base. Visitors J Burrow/M Vest, A Veitch and Mr Winch all exceeded 3 hours in the air, the former pilots almost making it over four hours. Messrs Liddiard and Jarvis also showed what vintage gliders can do by exceeding 2 hours flying time. Visitor Mr Ruddle flew the club Ka8 for 1:35, Bob Beck and Mr Meyhew shared a flight of 1:42 in the DG1000 and Colin Troise flying the DG500 solo joined the > 1 hr brigade with 1:06. Among all this activity 6 First Flight pupils were flown. Showing that keeping the c of g within limits was not a concern, many of the visitors ended the day enjoying an Italian themed meal prepared by Ann Silver and helpers.