Wednesday 18th to Tuesday 24th March

Wednesday 18th.  A light to moderate N’ly  did little to erradicate the poor visibility and low cloud of the previous days, so there was again no flying, although progress on the new tug hangar continued.

Thursday 19th.  The initially  light  NW’ly wind slowly backed all the way to become a light to moderate SSW’ly by the end of the day, the  base  of the low overcast also slowly rising with the cloud breaking up by late afternoon/evening, too late to allow any flying.  The clearing  skies late in the flying day,  did allow the progress of sheeting the new tug hangar to be photographed in all its glory by Mike Brown, as illustrated below.

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Friday 20th.  Poor visibility first thing soon improved, as the light SW’ly progressively veered into the W over the course of the day and strengthened slightly to become moderate, cloud base rising from 2,500′ to 4,500′ asl.  8 ATs were flown, with K21 JVZ, the DG1000 and Astir GBK utilised.  Andy Parish and Mark Newburn posted the longest flight of the day, 42 minutes in the DG1000, one of two flights to exceed 30 minutes and while the flying list included a single First Flight pupil, there were two other more memorable firsts. To set the ball rolling, Ian Albiston had his first solo AT in K21 JVZ, while Dave McKinney followed that with his first flight in Astir GBK so congratulations to both.  To complement the glider flying, the Falke had a single flight and there were 2 flights on the simulator.

Saturday 21st.  A moderate to fresh N’ly that gusted to 34 kts kept the kit in the hangars, the diminution in wind strength progressing so slowly that that is where the kit remained for the rest of the day, except for the Falke which had a single sortie. The club did however welcome a group from the Cambridge University GC at the start of what we hope will be a good week sampling gliding in the picturesque surroundings of North Yorkshire.

Sunday 22nd.   A moderate S’ly blew all day under generally cloudy skie,s but this didn’t deter many pilots who, after the frustrations of a poor flying week, collectively made up for it with a total of 43 launches.  All the club 2 seaters were flown together with 3 of the single seaters and 3 private owners flew on a busy, if not particularly good soaring day, with only 2 flights exceeding 30 minutes.  Graham Evison took his Mile High pupil Garrick Fearn for a 35 minute up round and down, while Albert Newbery and son Martin had 31 minutes in K21 JVZ, courtesy of some diligent scratching on the Southern ridge.  Martin’s presence on site must set some sort of record for  commuting distance to a gliding club, as he resides in Hong Kong but is a fairly regular attendee at the YGC, all due to his Commander status with Cathay Pacific on their Hong Kong to Manchester route.  Ken Arkley, flying his LS8 and Polly Whitehead flying JVZ solo both approached the 30 minute goal with 28 minutes, while John Shaw flying the DG303, had 26 minutes.  Among all this activity  5 First Flight pupils were exposed to the gliding experience, the Falke was busy with 4 flights and the Cambridge University GC members enjoyed getting to grips with flying from Sutton Bank.

Monday 23rd.  A moderate W’ly slowly declined as it veered into the WNW, the conditions allowing a mixture of winch and ATing, the former providing 5 launches early in the flying day  and the latter 11, as the wind became light to moderate.   John Marsh had 1:05 in the DG303 off the first winch launch of the day, with Cambridge visitors Julian Bane and Vikram also taking the opportunity for a spot of hill soaring in their flight of 30 minutes in K21 JVZ.  Later, during the ATing portion of the day, Julian and Richard Ladley had 45 minutes in the same glider, while the longer flights were all in single seaters.  Rob Bailey had 1:57 in the Discus, visitor J Roberts had 1:03 in his ASW19, the only private owner to fly, while David Watson had 55 minutes in the DG303 on a day that produced 3 flights of over an hour and an additional 6 over 30 minutes.

Tuesday 24th.   A light wind day started clear and sunny but rapid Cu development in the unstable air mass soon led to some heavy showers of rain and hail with flying being suspended mid afternoon due to the extensive shower activity.  In spite of the showers 10 ATs were flown, with John Ellis adding a self launch in his DG800 and then dodging the showers to record a flight time of 2:59.  Rob Bailey, flying the Discus and Nick Gaunt flying his LS7 both had flight times in excess of an hour, with Rob having 1:42 and Nick 1:24, Rob providing a very nice photo of Cod Beck reservoir to the north of the site with one of the day’s showers also visible, as shown below.

Cod Beck Res 23rd March

Visitors Julian Bane and  Zhiqi had 55 minutes in K21 JVZ as the day’s flying in club gliders  was shared by 3 of the  two seaters and the Discus, the club Falke also adding to the day’s movements with 3 flights.

Tuesday 17th March

Tuesday 17th.  Another day of low cloud, cool temperatures and poor visibility as the high pressure continued to decline in strength, the wind being a light southerly.   A brief brightening mid morning raised hopes of a  flyable clearance, but the only flying to be done was on the simulator where John Carter tutored Peter  Joslin in launch failure field selection and  landings.  Elsewhere, the main activity was on a previous portion of the club members car park where erection of the steelwork for the new tug hangar got under way, the following photos illustrating the progress made during the day.

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The next photo, taken from the clubhouse kitchen window, illustrates the loss of view therefrom once the tug hangar is completed.

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Saturday 14th to Monday 16th March

Saturday 14th.   Although the cloudy high pressure system remained in charge with the wind remaining light to moderate from the NE, the subtle variations in humidity, temperature and air mass origin associated with an aparently stable  high pressure system, meant that the leaden skies of  the previous few days showed signs of brightening.  This, together with a much higher cloudbase, meant that flying was possible, the 9 ATs of the day being dominated by Graham Taylor, who, flying P2 to Roger Burghall, had six of them in K21 JVZ, this being the only glider to fly.  All but one  of these 6 ATs were of the 1000′ QFE tow height variety as Graham practised his approach and landing skills, so flight times were generally low.  Indeed, no one managed a flight in excess of 30 minutes even off much higher tows, but Steve Ogden came closest with 27 minutes off the last flight of the day, solo in JVZ.  This was Steve’s 3rd flight of the day, having already had an earlier sortie solo in JVZ and then accompaning John Marsh in the latter’s flight in JVZ  in which an AT to 3,500′ QFE resulted in a flight time of 24 minutes.  The opportunity was also taken for Dick Cole and that man again, Graham Taylor, to have a sortie in the Falke

Sunday 15th.  With only slow changes in the position and central pressure of the high, the wind remained light to moderate from the NE accompanied by a low base overcast.  However, this lifted and broke around lunch time allowing  4 ATs to be flown in the afternoon, a couple of which coincided with some thermal activity.  Tony Drury”s second flight of the day saw him stay aloft for 1:16 in the DG303 while Steve Ogden had 49 minutes solo in K21 JVZ.   The only other pilot to fly was Brian Wise, who taking off in the DG303 as the thermal activity died, had to be content with 22 minutes of flight.

Monday 16th.  The slow decline of the high pressure and its movement resulted in a decrease in wind speeds at Sutton and a slow veer in the wind direction from NE to E over the course of the day.  Occasional bits and pieces of rain, particularly in the morning, a continuing low cloud base and very murky conditions conspired to prevent any flying.

 

Wednesday 11th to Friday 13th March

Wednesday 11th.  The bright sunshine of Tuesday was replaced by early, but brief, brightness on Wednesday morning, as an Atlantic front made progress eastwards, the initially moderate to fresh SSE’ly wind slowly decreasing to moderate and veering into the south as the cloud thickened and lowered.  The front crossed the area around 1330 hrs depositing 2.5 mm rain, but lingering low cloud meant there was no flying.

Thursday 12th.  The SE’ly wind steadily increased from moderate to fresh as the day progressed, the  visibility being very poor until late in the day, with the relative humidity dropping from 90% at the start of the day to just over a surprisingly low 50% by late afternoon.   The very poor visibility for most of the day  resulting in no flying.

Friday 13th.  An eastward travelling front stalled over the area overnight, depositing 9.5 mm of rain, before slowly moving off westwards as a cold easterly developed.  The early morning rain was replaced by very murky conditions and eventually some brighter skies, but these were transient,  the more frequent periods of low cloud meaning there was no flying as the initially moderate N’ly veered into the E and decreased to light.  The only bright spot of the day was the delivery of the steelwork for the new tug hangar, while the igc trace of David Campbell and Peter Robinson’s wave flight and climb to over 10,000′ asl on Friday 6th March was downloaded from the Flarm mini SD card from K21 KLW and put on the National Ladder by Peter under George Rowden’s guidance, elevating YGC to 4th overall nationally for total height gains.  I hope the simplicity of this procedure will encourage more National ladder entries from those flying club gliders, including the 2 seaters.

Saturday 7th to Tuesday 10th March

Saturday 7th.  A moderate to fresh SW’ly gusting at times to the mid 30kts, nevertheless was deemed to suitable for ATing and 22 were flown, with 4 private owners joining 5 club gliders in a good soaring day.  Only 3 of the day’s flights failed to exceed 30 minutes duration with 9 exceeding an hour, the 4 private owners having around 11 hours of flying between them.  Fred Brown in his Ventus and Nick Gaunt in his LS7 topped the table with 3:19 and 3:15 respectively, while Jon May and Steve Ball had 2:09 in  their Duo Discus and Robin Hutchinson 2:12 in his Swordfish.  In his flight Nick contacted wave and climbed to around 8,000′ asl to the west of the site.  However, a very nice layered lenticular some 25 km  to the NE of the site proved to be very inviting and after quickly arriving there, Nick climbed up to 10,000’asl.  However, to quote Nick ” getting back against the wind even from that height was also interesting to put it mildly!”  The also interesting in Nick’s quote relates to his AT.  On the way out to the front of the low level wave cloud, Les Rayment, flying the Pawnee, had to descend in order to keep out of cloud.  Nick duly followed, making sure the rope was kept tight, but then realised the tug was getting bigger as the tow rope started to rewind onto the winch in the tug.  Judicious use of airbrakes by Nick reversed the situation so that the front of the wave cloud and the lift were safely reached.   The inviting wave cloud used by  Nick was photographed by Adrian Melia from the site and is shown below.

Layered lennie NE of site 7th March Adrian MeliaAs well as having time to take this photo, Adrian also flew Astir KRN on what proved to be the longest flight in a club glider, 1:52, with David and Simona Latimer coming next with 1:43 in the DG1000 while Nigel Burke had 1:12 in the DG303 and M White 1:06 in Astir KRN of  the first flight of the day. The instructors who flew the 3 First Flight pupils of the day had little difficulty in introducing them to the wonderful  and intriguing world of soaring.

Sunday 8th.  The weather conditions were somewhat changed  to   Saturday as the wind had veered into the W and decreased to a moderate flow.  The conditions allowed  pilots the choice of an AT or a winch launch, to which Rory O’Conor added a self launch in his DG800, with the days 14 launches being split 8 winch and 5 AT.   Somewhat surprisingly, the winch launches provided the longest flights of the day, with 5 exceeding an hour and two exceeding 30 minutes, while the ATs provided no flights over an hour and only 2 over 30 minutes.  Colin Troise set the scene for the day with a flight of 1:47 in the DG303 in which he used thermal, hill and wave lift, the wave lift coming some 1:10 into his flight as he climbed in a thermal to around 3,000′ asl and transferrred into the wave, using this to climb to around 7,000′ asl.  Paul Whitehead and Chris Knapp, taking the next winch launch in K21 JVZ, also contacted the wave, reaching around 5,000′ asl but thereafter, staying up was a case of using thermal and hill lift, the former, as a nicely placed and extensive street enabling Paul and Polly Whitehead to take a trip into Wensleydale in their flight of 1:39 in JVZ later  in the day. Day Course member, Jim Beckwith, with instructor Steve Thompson, was introduced to both forms of launching, his single winch launch giving him an hour aloft to complement his 2 ATs which together provided 1:19 minutes flying time.  Rob Bailey, flying the DG303, used the hill lift to do a low level O/R to the Tontine, having time to take the following photo en route.

Rob Bailey 7 March ridge running

Monday 9th.  An approaching front soon spread it high level cloud over the site with the rain setting in soon after , the moderate to fresh SSE’ly flow veering into the SSW late in the afternoon as the front cleared the area, to late to allow any flying.

Tuesday 10th.  A light to moderate, cold W’ly flow brought a day of thermal conditions that  provided some good lift at times and a high cloud base, this reaching 5,000′ to the east of the site during the mid afternoon.  A number of pilots set off on cross countries, those going mainly west of the site faring better than those who mainly  went east.  Steve Thompson, flying the DG303 completed a declared 145 km flight with TPs at Catterick, Sutton on the Forest and Tontine, while Rob Bailey in the Discus, completed an undeclared 131 km with TPs at Tontine, Wetherby, Sutton N and Thirsk.  John Ellis in his DG800 and George Rowden in his LS8t both went SE, John to Market Weighton and George to Stamford Bridge.  While these TPs were turned  both pilots found no subsequent lift in a large blue area and had to resort to their engines in order to reconnect with the lift further west before  indulging  in some further exploration of North Yorkshire.  All these flights were around 3 hrs in duration.  Les Rayment, flying his Ventus, gallantly took over tugging duties over the lunch time period, thus delaying his own take off but nevertheless had around 1:30 later in the afternoon on his post winter shake down flight.  Howard Marshall with 1:22 in the Ka8, Duncan Pask with 1:21 in Astir KRN and Paul Whitehead and Mike O’Neil with 1:07 in the DG1000 late in the afternoon as the thermals died, were among the pilots who enjoyed a good day’s local soaring.  Ian Bulous, flying a post winter lay off check with Tim Milner in the DG1000, recorded the shortest flight of the day, 14 minutes as he inadvertently pulled the release at 1,000′ QFE.  A later flight in the same glider with the same instructor allowed the upper air excercises of his check to be fully undertaken.

Wednesday 4th to Friday 6th March

Wednesday 4th.  The arrival of the fuel injected Eurofox demonstrator coincided with a moderate to fresh WNW’ly flow, making the conditions at the limit for take offs from runway 24. However,  2 launches were flown , the K21 being intrepidly piloted by John Carter and David Watson.  Pictures of the Eurofox demonstrator are shown below, any YGC purchase being for a tail wheel version.  The photo of the Eurofox and the Pawnee nicely illustrates the likely shape of things to come from a YGC tugging perspective.

Higher power Eurofox March 4

 

Pawnee and Eurofox March 4

Thursday 5th.  Generally cloudy skies prevailed as the SW’ly veered into the W and increased from moderate to moderate to fresh.  Flying started around 1030 hrs with ATing, 4 ATs being flown before the increasing wind speed resulted in a change to winching, the latter providing a further 12 launches.  All the ATs provided flights of over 40 minutes, with 2 over an hour, the latter being by Ron Beezer in the DG303 with 1:12 and Peter Guest in Astir KRN with 1:43.  Ron’s flight took advantage of  wave by climbing to around 6,000′ asl over the A19, while Peter contented himself with hill and thermal lift, the latter enabling him to get to cloud base at just over 3,000′ asl.  The only First Flight pupil of the day, Ken Fawcett, had the pleasure of wave flying in  the company of Steve Thompson in the DG1000, while Andy Parish and David McKinney opened the day’s proceedings with a flight of 51 minutes in K21 JVZ.  All but 3 of the winch launched flights exceeded 30  minutes aloft, 2 of the shorter flights being for winch launch failure practice by Steve Thompson in the company of Andy Parish.  In spite of the lower launch heights, the wave was still contactable, although the mobile nature of the wave slots in the otherwise continuous overcast meant that most climbs had to be broken off.  Colin Troise, flying the DG303 found 8kts lift in a wave gap south of Bagby but had to break off the climb at around 5,000′ due to the gap closing, but would like to express his appreciation to David Hill and Phil Lazenby in the DG1000 who marked the gap for him and climbed to 4,400′ asl themselves.  Another pilot to get a wave climb was Peter Guest who got to 4,200′ asl before again, having to break off his climb,  while Phil Lazenby and Colin Troise in a later flight in the DG1000 were the only pilots to exceed an hour from a winch launch with 1:05.  Amid all this activity, the Falke had 2 flights, but whether they took advantage of the wave  is not known to your scribe.

Friday 6th.  The wind had become a moderate SSW’ly but variations in strength during the flying day meant that the launch point and  method varied.  Initially, it was ATing off runway 20, with 5 of these being flown before a significant increase in wind speed to moderate to fresh caused a change to winching off runway 24.  However, no sooner had the launch position and type  been changed than the wind speed decreased again and it was back to ATing, this time off runway 24..  The brief period of winching saw 4 launches flown, but the decreasing wind speed meant lift on the hill was inconsistent to say the least and only Robin Hutchinson in the DG303 managed over 20 minutes, while the 3 two seater flights could only manage a best time of 10 minutes.  4 further ATs were then flown to give the day’s launch total of 13, including a self launch by John Ellis in his DG800, with  all the ATs leading to wave flights, although the flights in the pre winch launch period had to contend with mobile slots in a fairly cloudy sky.  Those pilots contacting the wave post the winching period, had no such problems to contend with, but did have the alternative problem of  finding and remaining in contact with the now blue wave.  Best climb rates were around 4-6 kts with John Ellis recording both the longest flight, 4:15 and the highest altitude, 14,400′ asl, during which he overflew the Durham Teesside Class D zone to the north and turned Wetherby South to record 126 km.  John also had the distinction of contacting the wave from hill soairng height.    Five other flights achieved times in excess of an hour as well as good climbs, with David Campbell and Peter Robinson getting to around 10,000′ asl in K21 KLW in their flight of 1:16, John Marsh and Graham Taylor getting to 8,200′ asl in K21 JVZ in their flight of an hour, while Andy Parish and Mr Mills got to 6,000′ asl in their flight of 1:15.  George Rowden, bringing his LS8 back to site after its stay in its lowland winter quarters, spent the morning washing the trailer but eventually got into the air mid afternoon and had a splendid shake down flight of 1:42 during which time he climbed to 9,400′ asl.  Pilots reported strong winds at height with 40-45 kts airspeed being required to just stay in the same position over the ground when flying into wind.  The area to the S-SE of Thirsk gave consistent climbs  while John Ellis got his best climb over Leeming.

 

Sunday 1st to Tuesday 3rd March

Sunday 1st.  A moderate to fresh W’ly soon increased to fresh to strong with gusts to over 40 kts, so the gliders stayed in the hangar and those members on site in the clubhouse.  The strong winds decreased markedly after 1500 hours to become a light W’ly, but the change came too late to allow any flying.

Monday 2nd.  The W’ly wind had increased again to moderate to fresh, gusting over 40 kts around the middle of the day as a succession of snow showers turned the site white under a 5 cm layer of the white stuff, the temperature struggling to get to 3C neglecting the wind chill.  While pretty to look at it was again a day for not venturing out on site.

Tuesday 3rd.   More snow overnight left the A170 icy, so much so that both Glyn Jennings and John Carter slid past the entrance to the metalled approach road to the site as they attempted to slow down before the turning off the main road.  Some bright sunshine, helped by a succession of snow showers that missed the site, soon improved the road conditions and the arrival of a few more members by lunch time meant flying off the still snow covered airfield could get under way around 1330 hrs.  Bill Payton and guest Mr Bunford took the first winch launch in K21 JVZ and were soon hill soaring at around 1,000′ QFE.  They were followed by John Carter and David McKinney in the DG1000, a photo of John and David pre-launch being shown below, David demonstrating a rather inelegant technique of getting into the cockpit.

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John and David returned after 48 minutes to allow David to get to an appointment off site, with John reporting good hill lift and strong thermals to a cloud base of around 3,600′ asl.  K21 JVZ returned after 2:40 aloft, having explored the forward  ridge and the main ridge to  the north, the wind by this time having become strong enough to create blowing snow from the top of the snow layer while the bottom was melting quite rapidly and creating a visible stream down the winch track and underneath the launch cabin.  No more launches were flown and the hangars were packed and the winch and vehicles put away just in time before another of the day’s show showers eventually made its presence felt on site.

Friday 27th to Saturday 28th February

Friday 27th.  The post cold front,  unstable airmass of Thursday was still present on Friday, but although the wind remained W’ly it had declined to become light to moderate, so ATing was the day’s launch method, 24  being flown in all.  The good soarable conditions meant that only 2 of the day’s flights did not exceed 30 minutes and 11 exceeded an hour, with 2 pilots exceeding 2hrs, Ben Dawson with 2:16 in his Open Cirrus, one of 2 private owners to fly, while Steve Ogden recorded his first flight of over 2 hours in Astir KRN, and so made progress towards his Bronze C cross country endorsement, so well done Steve.  Mark German, the other private owner to rig and fly, almost breached the 2 hour mark with 1:59 in his ASW 27.  while Ken Arkley had 1:46 in the DG303.  Cloud base eventually rose to around 3,500′ asl and Colin Troise first flew the DG303 for 1:23 before sharing a flight of 1:16  in the DG100o  with Nigel Burke.  Nigel later flew the same glider with this time Howard Marshall for company in a flight of 1:10, while Duncan Pask flew the Ka8 for 1:27 as virtually all the club fleet were utilised on a good soaring day.

Saturday 28th.  The Cumulus filled skies of Friday were replaced by Strato cumulus filled skies on Saturday, the low cloud base and transient clearer periods being so transient that no flying was possible in the moderate SSW’ly that slowly backed into the SSE.  The day was not, however, a total write off from a flying point of view for Mike Brown was able to demonstrate the capabilities of the simulator post the installation of its new computer and software and very impressive it was to.  Indeed a current commercial airline pilot memaber considered that  the graphics were as good or better than most, if not all, of the commercial simulators he had flown.  During  the early evening, Andy Parish gave a presentation on safe flying , highlighting the principal hazards for glider pilots and the 4 piloting skills required to minimise them.  A video presentation of the talk is planned for future reference.  The use of the simulator in  simulating hazards and providing pilot training to recognise and avoid them contributed to a discussion and post meeting, Mike provided a number of pilots with the opportunity to experience the enhanced capabilities of the new simulator system first hand.

Thursday 26th February

Thursday 26th.  The passage of the previous day’s warm front had left the site in the warm sector of the depression, so Thursday dawned with overcast skies and bits and pieces of rain.  The associated cold front crossed the site around 0830  hrs but the cloud did not lift and break until after midday and interestingly, Thursday’s  maximum temperature of 8.7 C was not reached until around 0920 hrs.  Thereafter, as the day brightened, the temperature steadily fell reaching 3.2C at 1730 hrs.   The pre front S’ly veered into the NW with the passage of the front before becoming a moderate to fresh W’ly, providing good winching and soaring conditions for those members on site.  6 winch launches were flown, with all the flights equalling or exceeding 30 minutes and 3 exceeding an hour.  Andy Parish and David McKinney started the day off with 30 minutes in K21 KLW and most pilots found good thermal lift in the unstable airmass and, with cloud  base rising to around 4,500′ asl, were soon ranging over the local countryside and only resorting to hill lift when the thermals started to decay towards the end of the day.  Derek Smith, flying the DG1000 with Max Raynaud, had just over 2 hours in the air, while Rob Bailey had 1:34 in the DG303, during which time he flew a Sut/Northallerton/Sut N/ Sut triangle  which he posted on  the National Ladder, this being  YGC’s first ladder entry of the year, so well done Rob.  Rob also supplied the following view of the site and the Cu.

Rob Bailey 26 Feb

Steve Thompson and Peter Joslin also had 1:34 aloft in K21 KLW, during which time they shared a thermal with George Rowden who had 52 minutes in Astir GBK and,after climbing to cloud base, found some very weak wave over the southern end of  the forward ridge which enabled him to maintain height for around 10 minutes.  The day’s flying was concluded by Brian Wise who, off the last flight of the day, had 30 minutes in the DG303.  Towards the end of the day, Andy Parish trailered the Discus down to NY Sailplanes to have its instrument panel fixed, while Astir KRN is now back on site after its ARC, but is yet to be rigged.  During the unflyable morning, John Ellis was to be found in the Simulator room giving it a fresh coat of paint and very nice it looks too, so thank you John.

Sunday 22nd to Wednesday 25th February

Sunday 22nd.  A moderate to moderate to fresh S’ly slowly backed into the SSE over the course of the day, the increasingly cloudy skies producing some rain by the afternoon and  restricting flying to 5 ATs in either the DG303 or K21 KLW.  The conditions did, however, provide for some soaring on the southern ridge with one of the day’s flights exceeding an hour and 3 others exceeding 30 minutes.  John Marsh, flying the DG303, was the pilot to exceed an  hour, with a flight time of 1:14, while Tony Drury in the same glider had 32 minutes.  The 2 seater pilots were not to outdone, however, and Roger Burghall and his First Flight pupil R Twiggins had 36 minutes in KLW, with Robin Hutchinson and Steve Ball having 34 minutes in the same glider, even managing to make it back to site this time.

Monday 23rd.  A WSW’ly blowing between 16 to 22 kts tempted those on site to embark on a winching day, but a single launch by John Carter solo in K21, KLW. led to the decision to abandon flying for the day, the  wind later gusting to the mid 30 kts and backing into the S as the light faded.

Tuesday 24th.  A blustery and showery day, with some of the showers falling as hail, meant it was another day for keeping your feet on the ground, the average wind speed of 14-18 kts disguishing the gustiness of the day, the latter reaching the mid 40s.

Wednesday 25th.  The depression responsible for the wild weather of the previous 2 days had moved eastwards into Scandinavia and filled, leaving the site in a light W’ly that slowly backed  into the S.  A sunny start to the day soon changed to more cloudy skies as a warm front approached, its rain not reaching the site until after the end of flying, this comprising 12 ATs and a single flight in the Falke as Mike Smith brushed up hisAT failure and field landing skills with David Campbell.  The conditions were not condusive to soaring so no glider flight exceeded 30 minutes, the best being by Andy Parish and the above mentioned Mike Smith in the DG1000 who spent 23 minutes in the air.  Mike later completed the other half of his Winter checks, his spin exercises with Albert Newbery, Albert earlier having done the same with Andy Parish as P1, while  David Watson  also did his spin checks with John Carter in that role.  The names on the flying log were dominated by that of Peter Joslin, an ex glider pilot, private owner and instructor, who currently flies commercially out of Gatwick.  Peter was sent for a re-solo after  3 dual flights and managed the longest solo flight of the day at 19 minutes, so congratulations to him.