Thursday. A light to moderate WSW’ly that slowly veered into the W brought slow moving, heavy showers that restricted flying to 11 ATs, the majority in the club 2 seaters but 1 by a private owner. Aerobatics training continued with Paul Conran. The visitors from Stratford GC made the most of the day with Barrie Monslow flying his ASW20 for just under 2 hours and Phil Pickett/Chris Bingham having 1.5 hours in the K21. In the evening, Tom Cassells, the UK open aerobatic champion gave G-loving pilots trips in his T67 Firefly.
Friday. 21 ATs and 5 Rotax Flake flights were flown in a moderate, and thermic SW’ly, by 8 private owners and virtually all the club fleet. Sharon Kerby of the Stratford GC topped the day with 3 hrs in their K21, while home grown Brian Wise had an hour in the club DG303.
Saturday. The first day of a task w/end for YGC pilots saw a 212 km and a 138 km task set but the weather failed to cooperate, providing a light to moderate SE’ly that slowly veered into the SW. Only 2 flight’s were possible am but the afternoon brought better flying weather with 20 ATs flown. Flight times were typically in the range 10-30 minutes but visitor Martyn Davies had 45 minutes and John Marsh gave his Trial Lesson pupil 43 minutes in the K21, one of the 3 Trial lessons of the day. The Rotax Falke was busy with 7 flights and there was a single flight on the simulator.
Sunday. A light W’ly brought reasonable thermic conditions and there were 66 ATs, 19 of which gave flight times in excess of an hour. 19 private owners flew as well as all the club fleet. A number of pilots attempted cross countries but only John Ellis put his 258 km flight to Newark and back on the National ladder. Jonathon May/Steve Ball had 4.5 hours in their Duo Discus, Dick Cole /Dave Ireland had 2.1 hours in the club DG1000 while Reg Watson had 1.75 hours in the club Discus.
Monday. Today saw the start of a holiday course but although the weather was flyable, a light SE’ly, most flight times were in the 20-30 minute bracket. 36 ATs were flown with all 4 club 2 seaters in action and there were 7 private owner flights as well a Falke flight. Jonathon May/Steve Ball again topped the duration stakes with 57 minutes in their Duo Discus, while Andy Parish/S Lowe had 51 minutes in the club K21. There were 4 Trial lesson flights.
Tuesday. The passage of an active cold front overnight left the site in a moderate to fresh W’ly so the winch was in action. All the club 2 seaters were flown with 5 private owners taking to the air and of the 13 launches, 12 gave flights of over an hour. Jesper Mjels, flying his Pik, stayed up for 5 hours while Andy Parish /Steve Briggs were up for 2.5 hours in the club DG1000. Martyn Johnson landed out in his DG 600 and there were 2 flights on the simulator..
Wednesday. The passage of a front brought low cloud and no gliding was possible although there was a single Falke flight.
Thursday. A light to moderate W’ly brought plenty of cloud during the morning but this slowly decreased during the day. Wave was in evidence from early on but during the cloudy morning could only be accessed from a slot over Thirsk via a long/fast AT to keep below the cloud. Later, as the cloud decreased thermal activity increased and some pilots used thermal lift to contact the wave. Both John Ellis and Lindsay McLane used the wave to fly north from the site with John declaring a Hexham turn point. However, wave activity was weaker to the north causing both pilots to turn back early and John used the wave to turn Wetherby. Jesper Mjels joined John and Lindsay in having a flight of over 5 hours while 15 of the 31 ATs gave flights of an hour or more. John Marsh/L Townsend had 1.25 hours in the K21 and Robin Hutchinson 1.5 hours in the DG303. Ken Arkley, after having failed to contact the wave over Thirsk, took a later more successful launch and eventually reached 10,000′. Martyn Johnson, obviously having enjoyed his land out the previous Tuesday, repeated the experience today. The 6 Trial lesson pupils of the day certainly experienced some interesting flying and in addition there were 5 flights in the Falke.
Friday. A bright morning with a moderate SE’ly promised good soaring, but by mid morning a layer of stratus at 1200′ QFE covered the site restricting early flights to circuits. The overcast gradually broke up providing strong thermals by early/mid afternoon with cloud base eventually rising to around 3500′ QNH by the end of the afternoon. 33 ATs were flown off runway 20 with most of the club fleet utilised and 6 private owners taking to the air. Derek Taylor attempted a Sut/Goole/Pontefract/Sut triangle in his ASW 22 but poor thermal conditions approaching Goole and a strenthening wind forstalled the attempt. Most pilots stayed local with George Rowden having 1.5 hours in his LS8, Paul Foster 1.4 hours in the Discus and John Marsh/L Townsend 51 minutes in the DG 1000. There were 5 Trial lesson pupils.