Weather update

There is a small thunderstorm not very far away.  The edge of it is in the webcam image.


There is another band of heavier rain/bigger storms behind it and I am looking at the clearer gap behind that….

… I think that means everything is going according to plan :-).


PS it’s raining heavily now.

Day 4 – Same task, different air, late finish!

Yesterday’s task was won by Diana King and Tony Maitland in their Duo Discus, with Liam Vile coming a very credible second in his K6 Cr, well done to all.  Today we are expecting some good wave to set up over the centre and east of the country, giving good ridge, thermal and wave possibilities for later in the day.  Yesterday’s ‘anyone for tennis’ task makes the perfect one for today’s air, so ever resourceful we have decided to use the same task in this different air.  For new readers it’s an east-west line through Sutton Bank, that extends into the hills, and you need to fly north and south of it to claim distance points in a tennis type ‘rally’, with the ususal assortment of bonus points for going to the coast etc.   We are expecting great things of today, but a very, very late finish……


Yesterday’s winners

Diana first


Liam trace

Weather Tue 7th

There is good wave out there and we can see sunny strips out to the west on the wave gaps.  The scraggy cloud is moving away, but large cumulus are growing.



Early afternoon: wind 250/20kts.  4-7/8s Cu/Cb 2000-2500/25000, showers.

Trough, timing currently uncertain, possibly heavy showers, thunderstorms.

Post trough, mid-late afternoon: wind 260/26-28kts. A drying airmasswhich could be good.  A mix of few Cb 3500-4000/20000 and Cu 4000-4500ft+/8000, hopefully more of the latter.  If we get a cloudbase of 5000ft+ late on it would’t surprise me.

There is good wave out there now. If the wave falls apart during the day it is likely to reform late afternoon/evening as it stabilises.  The MO ballooning forecast says the Pennines will produce wave, max amplitude at 3000ft.  RASP is also suggesting wave downwind of the North York Moors, over the E.Coast.

WARNING: strong gusty wind.



Wed: low pressure, frontal.  Possibly a rest day.

Thu: Still looking very good with 5000ft+ cloudbase over a big area and 6000ft+ in many areas in the afternoon.  A 750 day!

BUT the wind starts a 15kt NW-erly and we might have difficulties launching…

Fri: wind 230/15kts, blue to 4000ft+ or shallow cumulus base 4000ft+,

Sounding for 4pm (I am hoping for better than this) Click for larger version.




Map showing temp/dewpoint split and cloudbase.



Day 3 – Provisional scores

Day 3, which if you remember was a task called ‘anyone for tennis?’  did in true Wimbledon fashion have a few rain interuptions, but in the end many kilometres were flown before the covers we put on…(see what I did there?!).  Anyway, below are the provision scores, with a few trailers on their way back from fields and at least two electric gliders running out of power, although one made it ‘ohme’ the other one met too much resistance and landed out…….

day 3


See you all tomorrow!




Weather news

I’ve flown and done 66km, collected 4TPs and finish bonus – 125 points hopefully.

It was ok for a bit, cloudbase 3000ft ASL, some streeting.  The top cover got thicker, we had some light rain which must have been falling from high up. In the end it was hard to climb above 1000ft above the airfield.  The south facing ridge must have been working. No sign of any wave.  The sky is a bit grey now:


When flying I relayed a message from Justin to Gillian to “start rolling up the A19″ so I wonder how far he’s going to go today.

Anyone for Tennis – Day 3 at Wimbledon, er Enterprise

Day 3, and with Wimbledon upon us we thought that a spot of tennis might be in order.  Today’s task sees a ‘net’ being strung up, east to west with Sutton Bank in the middle.  The task is a ‘rally’ with a maximum of 4 turn points, alternating each side of the net.  Bonus point for using BGA turn points (which makes the scoring easier) and all the usual Enterprise bonuses for visiting the sea or getting high (as it were).  “Lets’s go pilots, let’s go…..”



Sunday 28th June to Thursday 2nd July

Sunday 28th.  The light to moderate S’ly and low cloud associated with an eastwards moving weak front was replaced by a moderate to fresh W’ly in the early afternoon, the wind gusting up to 30 kts later in the day.  Flying started around 1400 hours with ATs off runway 24 but after 2 launches the increasing wind caused a change to winching, this resulting in a further 6 launches, all but two of which were in one or other of the 2 K21s.  One exception was a flight by Jesper Mjels, who, taking  the first winch launch in the Astir, contacted wave and eventually reached 12,700′ asl in his flight of around 3 hrs, the unstable convective conditions below 5,000′ making contact with the wave somewhat tricky.  Day course pupil Stephen Roberts, flying with Kelly Teagle in K21 KLW, experienced both a winch and AT launch, having 45 minutes off the AT and 42 minutes off the winch launch.  The other exception to flights in the club K21s was a flight in Robin Hutchinson’s Swordfish by G Terry,  the ex CFI of the now defunct Newcastle and Teesside GC at Carlton Bank, who had just over an hour, while John Marsh and Andrea Reider had just under an hour in K21 JVZ.

Monday 29th.  A light to moderate WSW’ly blew all day  and under promising looking skies, 20 ATs were flown, 3/4 of which resulted in flights of over 30  minutes with 6 of over an hour.  Most of the latter were flown by the 5 private owners who launched, with Bob Calvert in his Ventus having 5:10 during which he climbed to 8,000′ asl, Lindsay McLane in his Ventus visited Pontefract and Leyburn as well as climbing to 6,200′ asl in his 4:28 flight.  Steve Thompson posted his 4:30 flight on the National Ladder, completing an undeclared 164 km wander around the Vale of York while visiting Northallerton, Guisborough West, Richmond and Sutton on the Forest and subsequently noting that after a pre start low scrape, conditions were quite good and a declared task would have been preferable.  Jesper Mjels, this time flying the club Discus had 1:55 while Paul Whitehead and First Flight pupil David Smith had 1:10 in the DG1000, David being one of 4 First Flight pupils on the day.  Albert Newbery and member P Robinson just missed the 1 hour mark with 55 minutes in K21 JVZ while a single Falke sortie completed the aviating list for the day.  The potential for further aviating was realised by the arrival on site of  the club’s second Eurofox, the date of  its first flight now being in the hands of the build team under Dick Cole.

Tuesday 30th.  The arrival of hot and increasingly humid air from the Continent on a steadily freshening SE’ly  led to the warmest day so far at site and some somewhat trying condition for those flying off the 20 launches of the day.  The thermals were broken and limited in height with the result that no one managed over an hour and only 2 flights exceeded 30 minutes.  David Watson, flying Sam St Pierre’s DG200, and  the only private owner to fly, had 58 minutes before landing feeling hot and bothered, while Paul Whitehead had 55 minutes accompanying Chris Ogden in K21 KLW.  The day’s 4 First Flight pupils and the single Day Course pupil were all flown as was the Falke which was busy with 5 flights.  Apart from David Watson’s flight, the longest flight in a single seater was by Duncan Pask who had 26 minutes in the club Astir.

Wednesday 1st July.  The continental air mass brought oppressively warmer conditions to site and this, plus the predominately moderate  E’ly flow, led to a decision not to fly.  Instead those members on site had an undercarriage themed day, first undertaking a  check on the undercarriage of the DG1000 which had proven difficult to operate and then helping to rig the DG500, which had returned after having the operation of its undercarriage checked off site.  The completion of these activities was accelerated by the approach of a major thunderstorm which fortunately passed to the west of the site but later led to a severe hail storm in the Newcastle area and the destruction of a house by a lightning strike near Durham City.

Thursday 2nd.  Thursday brought a warm but fresher airmass in the shape of a light to moderate WNW’ly flow, this increasing to moderate to fresh in the early evening as an approaching front provided some rain.  15 ATs were flown, the majority of these in the club 2 seaters, the day’s solo flying being mainly  provided by the 2 private owners who rigged.  The conditions were not particularly conducive to staying up with Bob Calvert being the only pilot to post a flight of over an hour with 1:25 in his Ventus, but was unable to repeat this feat when he flew later in the day, this latter flight at 33 minutes being one of 6 to exceed 30 minutes.  John Carter flying with C Gutteridge in K21 KLW had 49 minutes and David Hill and First Flight pupil O Riddle had 45 minutes in the DG500, while Graham Taylor, flying  KLW was the best of the rest in the solo category with a flight of 18 minutes.


Before I tell you why we are playing tennis at today’s Enterprise, stop whateever you are doing and take a moment to wonder at the flight yesterday by Justin Wills.  Not content with flying in the local-ish area around Sutton Bank to collect bonus points for 10k rings, Justin decided to fly north.  Quite a way north.  In fact Scotland.  The map of his adventure is below, but the flight gets even better when you understand that the flight out to sea just north of Berwick was not only to score another 10km ring (the 18th 10km ring) but also to get bonus points for flying out to sea.  He then flew south of Milfield to bag another 10km ring and then landed at Milfield just as the storm let loose.  The final wonder is that, having arrived at Milfield, in the middle of a storm, with no phone reception and no one around, he used 121.5 to contact a passing Easy Jet, to get them to phone control to let us know he was OK.  #MYHERO.

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