Monday 25th May

An atypical Bank Holiday Monday – no rain! However, the day did start overcast with a low cloud base, and the first operations consisted of two flights in the Falke, the first being Bob Beck and Paul Cockerham for familiarisation, and the second being John Carter’s practice circuits with Paul Whithead. Paul also led Chris Price, from Pocklington, in a type conversion exercise on the Eurofox in a flight which lasted an hour and had many touch-and-goes.
Glider flying comprised just four flights in K21 JVZ, starting at 13:30. The first of these was Bob Beck who flew with May McArthur, who was celebrating her 70th Birthday – her accompanying entourage comprised four generations of the family.
Mark Newburn then had the following three flights in the same glider, the first with John Tayler and the other two with Bob. The first of those with Bob was interesting in that it featured a cable failure at 100′, just as the glider went over the edge – this was caused by a knot failure within the retract mechanism, which was then repaired by John Carter.

Saturday 23rd May to Sunday 24th May

Saturday 23rd May
A reasonably busy day with forty-two aerotows, one self-launch, and a Falke flight. Derek Taylor self-launched his ASW22 for a flight around Pontefract and Pocklington, but had to resort to an engine burn near POC in order to get back. There were fourteen other private-owner launches, of which the longest was Bob Calvert, making use of his Ventus with 3:37. Rob Bailey was close behind with 3:24 and reported slow conditions around Leyburn, but a very good final glide back to Sutton.
There were five trial lessons, and all of the club two-seater fleet was flown, but only the Astir and the Discus of the single-seaters. Graham Taylor had the longest flight in a two-seater, in his solo flight of 1:07 (a first bronze leg) in JVZ. The longest club single-seater flight was in the Astir and was by Andrew Neofyton, a visiting pilot from Camphill.
We also welcomed visiting pilots Albert Freeborn and Chris McCulloch from the Naval Gliding Club at HMS Daedalus (Lee-on -Solent), who brought along their club Duo Discus and celebrated the fact with a flight of 3:04.
Duncan Pask and John Shaw both flew their recently-acquired LS10 – we await their official flying report and our reporter’s in-depth interview!
This author has missed the departure of the group of visiting pilots from Stratford Gliding Club, who we hope enjoyed their visit and will come and see us again later in the year.

Sunday 24th May
The morning briefing suggested a possibly slow start to the day, and a possible hint of wave. Observations of the sky out of the square window were not particularly encouraging, which is why flying did not start until 11:25 when John Marsh and Howard Marshall gave it a go in a K21. A 2200′ tow obviously wasn’t enough, as they were soon back on the ground. But, an hour later, John Carter and Simone Latimer took a 3300 tow in the DG500, and returned 2:21 later, reporting a difficult start to their flight with lots of ridge technique being required to stay aloft, until they contacted a northerly airflow to the north of the site which allowed a flight along a wave bar towards Guisborough; the return found them losing height at Tontine, but then the wind turned more north-westerly and the wave became more organised and easier to use, which explains why they visited 8000QNH twice in their longest club two-seater flight of the day.
Our Pawnee had returned from some maintenance and refurbishment, during which it was give the retracting tow-rope mechanism from our other moth-balled Pawnee, so our Tuggie, Peter Goodchild, spent a day hopping between the Pawnee and the Eurofox as the north-westerly, although gusty at times, never became strong enough to stop operations. Some pilots reported the approaches as lively, however!
Those pilots launching in early afternoon tended to have longer flight times, with post-1500 launchers having flight times below 1 hour.
Longest of the seven private-owner flights was Dave Latimer in his Ventus, who clocked 3:53 in his trip around Barnard Castle and Pontefract, reaching 9000QNH. The May-Ball Duo, being flown solo in this instance by Jon May climbed to 9000QNH. The Duo of Albert Freeborn and Chris McCulloch made use of the Greater Yorkshire Transponder Free Zone (blatant advertising here!) in their first of two flights of the day, reaching 11,000QNH.
Rob Bailey, in the ASG29, recorded a flight around Pately, Guisborough and Knaresborough, mostly at 6000QNH and recorded an actual speed of 99.9kph.
We had one Trial Lesson, Alan Senior, who was flown by Kelly Teagle.
The biggest surprise was a visitation by 50-strong group of aviation enthusiasts who had a brief look around our fleet before continuing their journey in their coach to other airfields in the area. That their coach had both climbed White Horse Bank and manouvered into YGC’s visitors car park was quite remarkable!
Of the two club single-seaters to fly, the DG303 and the Discus, Jamie Quartermaine had the longest flight in the 303 at 1:52.

Monday 18th May to Friday 22nd May

Monday 18th May

The morning started with hill fog and a westerly wind as the country bathed in rain that moved south-eastwards.  The eventual clearance allowed flying to start at 14:50.  A few YGC members and our visiting pilots from Stratford made use of the winch to record fifteen flights.  Three of the club two-seaters, and just the 303 from the single seater club fleet flew, the longest of the two-seater flights being Steve Thompson and Mr McAuley in DS2 , and in the 303 Colin Troise with 1:35.  Tim Moore flew his ASW20 after prudently observing the first two launches of the K21 and the 303.  John Carter tested Richard Watson with some launch failures, and then David Watson as a rear-seat instructor.
Although wave was visible, the flying conditions were predominately streeting thermals, with averages recorded as 6 knots at times, and with some sink recorded at 10 knots.  Of the six private-owner flights, the longest was J. Gale’s in 643, with 2:10.

Tuesday 19th May

The showers at least waited until just before 13:00 before stopping play!  Pilots attending briefing were tested by the hatched line appearing on the 215 – an unusual “convergence” that extended along most of the eastern part of England.  Flying commenced at 10:14 and there were five winch launches and two aerotows.  Three of the club two-seaters were flown, although only two flights exceeded 30 minutes, the longest being 47 minutes with the honours falling to Albert Newbery and A. Donaldson in DS2.  Paul Whitehead flew with Stratford pilots M. Coffee and B. Kerby in the Falke, before introducing them to the YGC simulator for some further exercises.

 

Wednesday 20th May

The light winds shifted operations from yesterday’s winching onto aerotowing, of which there were nineteen tows starting at 10:20.  Three of the club two-seaters flew, with Andy Parish and Jade having the longest of these with 60 minutes.  No club single seaters flew, but there were eleven private owner flights of which nine were by our visiting Stratford pilots and two by YGC pilots.  Two of the private owner flights landed out.  The longest recorded flight was Martyn Johnson in his DG600, with 3:12, in which he visited the western parts of the North York Moors, including Pickering, where cloud bases were in the region of 4500QNH.  Meanwhile, Rob Bailey in the ASG29 had a 93k wander around Goole, Pontefract and Masham.

Thursday 21st May

Flying commenced at 9:55.  there was one self-launch by John Ellis in his DG808.  John managed to contact the wave, and reached 7200QNH, although he commented that it was continually changing, and that flying towards a likely patch of wave quite often resulted in having of think of a Plan “B”!

Of the thirty-three aerotows, fourteen were by private owners, the longest of these flights being 2:51 by Phil Lazenby in his Pegase (honourable mention to Martyn Johnson with 2:46 in his DG600).  Three of the club two-seaters flew (longest 1:09 in JVZ by Paul and Polly Whitehead), and two of the single-seaters (longest was Chairman Thirkell in the 303 with 51 minutes).

Other than John Ellis there were no other comments of pilots experiencing significant wave.

 

Friday 22nd May

Flying commenced at 10:32, and recorded a total of eighteen winch launches and two aerotows.  We welcome back Bob Calvert, who had two check flights yesterday, and used today to fly his recently purchased Ventus, “510”, on one of the two aerotows, and then, obviously delighted by his new purchase, proceeded to clock the longest flight with 3:07.

Dave McKinney had the longest club single-seater flight in the Astir with 1:46, and thereby gained his second Bronze Leg.  Again it was a good day for private owners, with twelve flights being recorded by this species!

Friday 15th May to Sunday 17th May

Friday 15th May
In a lightish wind, operations were by aerotow off Runway 24, with landings mostly on 20. Of the 14 launches there was one self-launch. Three of the club two-seaters were flown, along with the Astir, which Dave McKinney flew. The day was thermic, but with no wave, and only four of the flights clocked more than an hour, with Bob Beck and S. Derwent claiming the longest for the club aircraft at 1.09, and Colin Troise in his DG600 for the private owners, of which there were four, at 2.27. There were just the two trial flights, one of which was a mile-high, guided by Bob Beck.
There were also four Falke flights, in which John Taylor supervised David Watson on a navigation exercise, and Andy Parish executed field landing practice on Ron Beezer.

Saturday 16th May
An increase of the wind over that of Friday’s saw operations change to the winching of 31 launches on Runway 24,
We aslo welcomed an expedition from the Stratford Gliding Club (Snitterfield) on one of their twice-yearly visits to God’s Own County.
Some furious chivvying by John Marsh saw Robin Hutchinson in the Discus, John and Graham Taylor in the K21, and Bob Beck and Steve Ogden in the DG1000 all launch before briefing.
Although wave was visible it was only the two self-launchers, John Ellis and Jesper Mjels, who reported wave, John reaching 18200QNH, and Jesper 12300 following an engine burn near Rufforth. The wave did have an effect in that the available thermals, some of which had very powerful cores, were extremely sheared.
Of the seven private owner flights Jesper had the longest at 6.30, whilst John Ellis and Phil Lazenby both had five hours or more. Congratulations to Pete Goodchild, flying his PIK, who managed to complete the SUT-RUF-POC-SUT triangle despite the strong headwinds, which he reported did severely slow the return trip!
All four of the club two-seaters flew, and the K8 was the only one of the single seaters to spend a lonely vigil in the hanger.

Sunday 17th
Another winching day, but with slightly less gusting than Saturday, saw 37 winch launches accompanied by Jesper Mjels self-launching his DG400. All of the club two-seaters, but ony the Discus and DG303 of the single-seater fleet, were utilised. Our visitors from Stratford were check-flighted where necessary and then proceeded to enjoy the delights of hill-soaring, together with the thermals that were only slightly less sheared than yesterday! Of the YGC members, Sue Aherne was checked on the winch then took the Discus for a flight. After a bit of arm-twisting, John Taylor convinced Martin Joyce, one of the day’s busy duty pilots, to have a flight in the DG1000.
There were ten private owner flights, with Tim Moore in his ASW20 obviously being so impressed with the conditions that he had two of them! Barry and Sharon Kerby went cloud-flying in their Duo, and reached 7000 QNH, but did prove that the icing level was somewhat below them, so descended; they did enjoy 2.24 hours in the air.
Later in the day the wave set up close to Sutton Bank and Daniel Brown flying his LAK19 was delighted to climb to 8000QNH in his first-ever wave flight.  Meanwhile, Colin Troise and Chris Knapp in the club DG1000, in a (failed) bid to emulate Daniel, climbed in wave to 5600 QNH.

Addendum to May 14th

Club President, Nick Gaunt has added the following comments to the Weasel/Stoat debate.

This difference between stoats and weasels develops a compulsion. Albert
because he knew the actual difference, Mustela anyone else who has seen
it too! But that bits the same with both, very complex. The reply to
that nonsense is, “What does Ermine?”

Wednesday 13th to Thursday 14th May

Wednesday 13th.  A ridge of high pressure provided lighter winds and blue sky to start, the latter soon being dotted with nice looking Cumulus.  Soon, however, was something of a warning as by early afternoon, local skies were overfilled with Stratocumulus, although conditions to the south remained good, with cloud base reaching 4,500′ asl.  30 ATs, one self launch and 2 Falke flights constituted the day’s flying activities, all the club 2 seaters and 2 of the single seaters being flown.  4 private owners generated 5 launches, this particular statistic resulting from Nick Gaunt releasing from tow at 1100′ QFE on his first launch in his LS7 only to find the indicated thermal was non existent.  A more conservative approach on his second launch led to a release height of around 2,000′ QFE and connection with the convection, but the extensive cloud and lowish base led Nick to undertake a number of cloud climbs, the best of which got him to 7,000′ with an accumulation of ice and an ice affected vario.  In spite of these difficulties Nick still enjoyed his 2 hour flight.  Lindsay McLane, flying his Ventus departed early to fly Sut/Boston/Sheffield/Sut and, I believe, completed this 364 km FAI triangle in a flight of just over 5 hours.  Jesper Mjels, self launching in his DG800, enjoyed the thermals being generated from the coal stored at Ferrybridge power station, while Martyn Johnson visited Pocklington and Catterick in his DG600.  Some of the other 8 pilots to exceed an hour on the day were Martin White who had 1:30 in his  Pegase, Mike Smith who had the same time in the club DG303 and Chris Ogden who had a check ride before taking K21 KLW solo for 1:23 to tick off his first Bronze leg, so well done Chris.  The day’s potential had been indicated by Ian Willows and holiday course member Sam Wadsworth of the first flight of the day as they recorded 1:15 in K21 JVZ , with John Carter and Tom Dale later having 1:06 in the DG1000 as the conditions cycled from extensive stratocumulus to the restart of convection several times during the afternoon.  Among all this activity, 2 First Flight pupils were flown, with holiday course member Alan Jones spending  time in the Falke brushing up his circuit procedures  with Ian Willows.

Thursday 14th.  An active depression moving east across the south of England meant it was a dry, but overcast day at Sutton, the light to moderate E’ly wind keeping the temperature in single figures.  Flying was restricted to 2 ATs in K21 JVZ by course member Alan Jones in the company of Ian Willows, the stable conditions giving an average flight time of 10 minutes with take offs from runway 02..  Alan’s compatriot on the course, Sam Wadsworth had 2 much more extended flights as he aviated in the Falke with Albert Newbery as PI, his itinerary  including overflying his home, general handling excercises and circuit training, these flights departing and landing on runway 06.  Apart from the flying, the main highlight of the day was the appearance of a Weasel which undertook an unguided tour of the hangar and workshop but decided against a more permanent attachment to the club and eventually disappeared into the nearby wood. How did I know it was a Weasel and not a Stoat?  Because I was in the company of Albert Newbery at the time and he assured me that Weasels are weaserly recognised while Stoats are stoatally different.

Friday 8th to Tuesday 12th May

Friday 8th.  After a cool start with a light SE’ly blowing, the wind backed into the E and increased to moderate to fresh, the cloud lowering and rain arriving in  the early afternoon resulting in flying operations coming to a halt.  The preceeding flying period saw 9 ATs and a single Falke flight, with 2 First Flight pupils flown and 2 flights exceeding an hour, one of which was by the visitors from Shalbourne, Messrs Morgan and Garner who had 1:28 in their Janus.   Rob Bailey recorded the other >1 hour flight in the Discus, doing a very local cross country as he visited Sutton Bank control points and Thirsk in  the “scuddy murk” to add 45.8 handicapped kms to his already impressive years total.  Andy Parish and First Flight pupil Kathy Wraith had 42 minutes in the DG1000, Andy Parish fulfilling Kathy’s request for an exciting flight with some aerobatics on a day when 2 each of the club 2  seaters and single seaters were flown.  The day was also notable for the visit of 2 previous summer tuggies, the first of the 2 photos below showing Liam Watt outside the new tug hangar, and the second of a thin but cheerful Ian Plant and his Dad at the launch point.

Liam Watt May

 

Ian Plant and Dad May

In fact it was even more a summer tuggies reunion, with previous holders of that exalted position also present in the shape of current club members John Tayler and Mike Brown and the current holder Jonathan.  Quite a quintet.  I wonder how many take offs and landings they have between them?  Answers on a post card to enquiry@ygc.co.uk.

Saturday 9th.  A moderate to fresh NW’ly that  slowly decreased during the day was accompanied by low cloud and light rain that prevented any flying.  However, the party of 11 visiting Explorer Scouts from Wakefield did virtual flying on the simulator with Graham Evison and  John Marsh.

Sunday 10th.  The wind had now become a moderate S’ly which increased during the day to moderate to fresh, accompanied by some turbulent and high sink rate  conditions at times on the approach to runway 20.  This was probably the result of wind shear and wave effects as the wind aloft was stronger and from a SW’ly direction.  12 ATs and a single Falke sortie were flown before flying stopped at around 1530 hrs following an undershot approach and landing that resulted in damage to Astir GBK.  John Ellis, flying his DG800, was one of 2 private owners to fly and the only pilot on the day to exceed an hour with 2:16.  This was the result of contacting wave over Rievaux Abbey that took him to 7,200′ asl, but his penetration forward to normally better wave conditions nearer the Pennines coincided with the wave collapsing.  The presence of wave had been indicated off the first launch of the day when John Marsh and Gordon Wallace in K21 KLW climbed to 4,600′ asl in a flight of 45 minutes in K21 KLW.  Steve Ogden, flying Astir KRN almost made the 1 hour target with 58 minutes, and son Chris had 43 minutes solo in KLW, the same duration being acheived by John Carter and Mark Newburn in the DG500.

Monday 11th.  Initial light rain in a moderate WSW’ly soon disappeared as a front crossed the site during the morning, but the post frontal conditions included an increase in wind speed to moderate to fresh with higher gusts, the direction remaining constant.  Real flying was therefore ruled out, so Alan Jones and Sam Wadworth, the 2 members on the first holiday course of  the year, flew instead on the simulator under the tutelage of John Carter and Ian Willows, the course instructor.

Tuesday 12th. The depression to the NW of the UK continued to maintain a moderate to fresh WSW’ly flow over the site, this containing some early showers, but with these continuing to miss the site, winching operations commenced around 1030 hrs.  Course members Alan and Sam were soon airbourne with Ian Willows, Alan having 58 minutes and Sam 23 as the wind progressively increased with the hill lift being augmented by some energetic and streeting thermals that provided some strong lift and even some hail.  John Carter, flying with Andy Jowett in K21 KLW reported climbing at 4-6 kts even with full airbrake.    With the gust speed steadily increasing and starting to exceed 35 kts, the decision was taken to terminate flying just after 1300 hrs as Bob Beck and David McKinney landed in K21 KLW after the longest flight of the day, 1:06, the day’s total of winch launches being 5.

Saturday 9th.

Monday 4th to Thursday 7th May

Monday 4th.  A moderate W’ly promised a good hill soaring day with the possibility of wave and thermal, so it was out with the winch, the first launch being around 1030 hrs.  The W’ly flow, however, slowly declined causing the hill lift to become “soft” and limited to a small area on the hill.   Although some ATing had already begun, as pilots elected to a more certain route to wave flying, ATing became the norm as the wind speed declined and by the end of the day, 43 had been flown, the winch/AT total of 53 launches being accompanied by 2 self launches as John Ellis and Rory O’Conor both took off in their DG800s.  The selection of AT as a more certain route to wave was immediately confirmed by Fred Brown, who, flying his Ventus off the day’s first AT, contacted wave and eventually reached just over 8,000′ asl.  John Ellis in his DG800 also proved a self launch to be a good route to wave flying as he  soon climbed to 8,7000′ asl between Ripon and Pateley Bridge before returning to Sutton to start what he hoped would be a fast wave task.  After crossing the Sutton start line, John reconnected with the wave but shortly afterwards the wave collapsed, bringing to an end John’s plans for the day.  He nevertheless remained airborne for 3:16, similar times being recorded for the day’s  other DG800 pilot, Rory O’Conor, and also Jon May and Steve Ball in their Duo Discus.  Jon and Steve launched via the winch as did visitors Carol Pike and Philip Morgan from Shalbourne GC in their Janus who were aloft for 2:18.  Later, the same combination of pilots and glider had 1:41 off an AT, with compatriots Harris and Tanner having 2:44 in their Puchacz.  Steve Barber, another Shalbourne visitor, also climbed in the wave off his AT in his flight of 4 hours, his altitude peaking at aorund 6,700′ asl, .  YGC pilots also enjoyed the conditions with Conrad Thwaites having 3:10 in his Discus, Andy Hatfield 1:56 in the club Discus and Steve Ogden 1:29 in Astir GBK, while Brian Wise and Gordon Wallace had 1:07 in K21 JVZ.  In all, there were 23 private owner/visitor launches on the day when all the club 2 seaters were  flown together with 3 of the single seaters, the day yielding 22 flights over an hour and an additional 5 over 30 minutes.  Among all this activity, 6 First Flight pupils were flown.

Tuesday 5th.  A light SE’ly accompanied by low cloud and light rain greeted pilots assembling for the 0930 hr morning briefing, a clearance later in the day being indicated.  However,the clearance did not arrive until quite late in the flying day, the now moderate to fresh  WSW’ly being accompanied by strong gusts that precluded any flying.  The Shalbourne visitors had previously departed to visit the National Railway Museum in York, while a select band of YGC members set to to demolish the remaining bits of the redundant tuggie mobile home, this task being successfully accomplished.

Wednesday 6th.  The northward travelling depression that had led to a non flying day on Tuesday was now to the north of the area, but continued to feed in a  strong and gusty S’ly wind and  bands of rain and showers that affected the site for most of the day, these only clearing late in the day as the wind veered into the W.  The Shalbourne visitors departed this time to the Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington, while John Carter and Tuggie Jonathan made a good job of replacing all the winch cable strops.

Thursday 7th.  A light to  moderate WSW’ly blew all day, initially predominately blue skies soon becoming predominately cloudy, but with some evidence of wave.  25 ATs were flown between 1000 and 1800 hrs, 4 of the club single seaters being flown and 3 of the 2 seaters.  In addition there were 8 launches by private owners/visitors.  The skies progressively improved to provide some good thermal soaring by early/mid afternoon, cloud base rising to around 5,000′ als and  thermal strengths peaking at around 6 kts.  Later in the day, a few pilots connected with wave off the top of a thermal climb, the wave, up to 8 kts at times, propelling Martyn Johnson in his DG600 to 10,600′ asl east of Ripon, Ron Beezer, flying the DG1000 solo, to 9,300′ near Pateley Bridge and Dick Cole in the DG303 to around 8,000′. Dick also completed an undeclared Wombledon, Ripon, Northallerton task.   Rob Bailey, flying the club Discus, completed a Sut/Helmsley, Malton. Thirsk. Helmsley, Sut task of 95 km in thermal lift.  John Ellis in his DG800 had 5:19, heading the duration list of the 13 pilots who exceeded an hour in the air, the visitors from Shalbourne GC being well represented on this list, with Harris and Garner having 3:11 in the Puchacz, J Walters 3 hrs in the Ka8 and Morgan and Pike 3:34 from 2 flights in the Janus.  YGC pilots David McKinney  and Polly Whitehead, both flying Astir GBK had 1:09 and 1:25 respectively.  4 First Flight pupils were given a very good introduction to soaring, an experience that was certainly enhanced by the excellent visibility of the day.

Thursday 30th April to Sunday 3rd May

Thursday 30th April.  A cold, light to moderate, N’ly airstream with frequent  accompanying showers in the morning delayed flying until the early afternoon, resulting in only 3 ATs, all in K21 KLW.  Keith Lorenz, visiting from Trent Valley GC had 2 of these flights in the company of Andy Parish as PI, the second of these, at 27 minutes almost doubling the duration of the first at 15 minutes.  However, the final flight of the day, which saw Colin Troise fly P2 with Andy, demonstrated the improving conditions with a flight time of 42 minutes.

Friday 1st May.  The cold theme continued as the flow remained from a N’ly quarter, the light to moderate wind slowly veering into the NE as the day progressed.  Almost half of the day’s 35 ATs were by private owners, with 16 of the latter taking launches and a few setting off on cross countries.  The thermal conditions were tricky at times,   this accounting for 2 landouts,  Steve Thompson finding a field north of Ripon after covering 111 km of his declared Sut/Pickering/Catterick/Harrogate North/Sut task, while Steve Ogden, soaring locally, had to land in a field north of the site and in doing so successfully completed his first field landing.  10 of the day’s flights exceeded an hour in duration, with Rob Bailey in the club Discus and Phil Lazenby in his Pegase being 2 of these as they flew undeclared cross countries.  Rob visited Malton, Helmsley and Thirst in  a flight covering 95 km, while Phil, intending to stay local, was tempted by some very good conditions over the North Yorks Moors and then followed the sunshine to fly 167 km, rounding Churchhouses, Malton, Wetherby and the Tontine on the way.  The visiting pilots from the Shalbourne GC also made the most of the conditions, posting the 2nd and 3rd longest flights of the day.  Rodney Harris and Graham Tanner had 2:13 in their Puchacz while Philip Morgan and Carol Pike had 2:02 in their Janus. Three of the club 2 seaters and 3 of the club single seaters were kept busy, the former providing flights for 2 First Flight pupils and returning member Gordon Wallace who celebrated his return with a flight of 1:20 in K21 JVZ with David Campbell.  The 8 hours of operations also included an single flight by the Falke.

Saturday 2nd.  The light to moderate E’ly slowly veered into the SSE and strengthened to become moderate as a depression approached from the SW, the cloud thickening and lowering in response and causing flying to be abandoned in the early afternoon.  Prior to this 10 ATs were flown, all but one in one of 3 club two seaters, the exception being a single private owner launch.  The launch total included 2 First Flight pupils, one of whom, Theo Harding, had the longest flight of the day with John Marsh in the DG1000, 32 minutes courtesy of a high tow, while Martyn Johnson and Jordan Hearne came closest with 25 minutes in K21 JVZ.

Sunday 3rd.  Saturday’s approaching depression arrived on Sunday, resulting in a 4 hour spell of heavy rain from 0700 to 1100 hrs, with 30 mm deposited in total.  The depression then dragged its feet, or should I say its accompanying cloud, with the clearance not lifting the cloud off the hill until late in the afternoon, with the result that no flying took place except on the simulator where Chris Bessant a visitor from the Shalbourne GC enjoyed the sunshine, thermals and realism of the simulator under the tutelage of John Marsh.